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More than two years later, pediatric cardiac centre at Children's Hospital still under construction

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:23 AM
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament that the physical structure is 95 per cent completed and should be ready in a few months.

More than two years after its promised completion, the region’s first pediatric cardiac centre at the Bustamante Children's Hospital is still under construction.

This week, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament that the physical structure is 95 per cent completed and should be ready in a few months.

Digicel Jamaica, Sagicor and the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation have all donated money to build the pediatric cardiac centre.

Chain of Hope, a foreign-based group which has been performing open-heart surgery at the hospital is also a significant contributor.

However, Tufton said securing the equipment for the cardiac centre is another issue as there was disagreement among the various stakeholders who partnered to build the facility.

 

Health Minister, Christopher Tufton

In September 2014 The Gleaner was informed that tardiness on the part of the previous administration and a tussle between one of the major donors and technocrats was a major issue hindering the completion of the pediatric cardiac centre.