Tufton praises health dept
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says the St Ann Health Department is an example of an organisation which prides itself on results, rather than one that succumbs to challenges.
Tufton was speaking at the St Ann Health Department Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony held at the Sandcastles Resort, Ocho Rios, on June 17.
Twenty-two staff members were recognised for their outstanding work and professionalism.
Those recognised include Chief Public Health Inspector Leroy Scott, for 26 years; parish manager Bentley Steer, for 43 years; Willette Crooks, mental health officer, for 22 years; Kaywan Barrett, human resource officer, for 18 years; and Julien Haynes, parish health records technician, for 17 years.
Tufton pointed to the health department's third-place ranking in the national 2015 Expanded Programme of Immunizations coverage as testament of "an efficiently run organisation".
"This is an organisation that has not only risen above the challenges, but one that continues to be of great service to the people of the garden parish," Tufton observed.
Meanwhile, the health minister noted that there are several health services and programmes offered within the parish through a network of health facilities.