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Mandeville Regional Hospital gets $80m in equipment

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM

The Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester has received equipment valued at $80 million for the development of the High Dependency Unit at the hospital.

According to the Jamaica Information Service, the machines were provided under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC).

Health Minister Christopher Tufton says the equipment will be used for highly specialised radiographic technology, critical care ventilation and specialised patient monitoring.

The JIS says the European Union provided $3.3 billion under PROMAC after a discussion concerning Millennium Development Goals Four and Five which relate to reductions in the maternal and child mortality ratios.

11 High Dependency Units are to be established – five maternal and six neonatal in six hospitals in Jamaica.

They are Mandeville Regional; Victoria Jubilee in Kingston; Cornwall Regional in Montego Bay, St James; Spanish Town in St Catherine; St Ann’s Bay in St Ann, and the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew.