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Eye care at Mandeville Hospital gets boost

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Eye care at Mandeville Hospital gets boost

Eye-care service delivery at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester has been strengthened, with the opening of an ophthalmology clinic and operating theatre.

The new facility, officially opened by Health Minister Horace Dalley on January 28, was funded at a cost of more than $80 million, with support from the European Union (EU) and Scotiabank, among other stakeholders. Medical staff assigned to the facility, including ophthalmologists, optometrists and nurses also received training.

The project was undertaken by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), in collaboration with international organisations, Caribbean Council for the Blind and Sightsavers.

In his address, Dalley lauded the partnership in the project.

"I want to ensure that this programme here in Mandeville is replicated in all the regions. We are going to work with our partners to ensure that every single health region has an ophthalmology unit and operating theatre, so that our people can be properly served," he added.

For his part, SRHA chairman, Michael Stewart, said the collaboration facilitating the project "is the perfect example of the type of partnership that the Government welcomes and wholeheartedly supports".