Health sector to open centres of excellence
FOUR CENTRES of excellence at the primary-care level are to be established in the country's four regional health authorities.
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson said on Wednesday that funding for the centres had already been approved as part of the Appropriations-in-Aid allocation to be provided by the National Health Fund.
Improvements will be done to the four health centres, one in each region.
The facilities identified for centres of excellence are the Santa Cruz Health Centre in St Elizabeth, Darliston Health Centre in Westmoreland, Claremont Health Centre in St Ann and Isaac Barrant Health Centre in St Thomas.
In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Dr Ferguson said waiting areas would be expanded and made more customer friendly.
Diagnostic services will be upgraded to support screening and treatment of patients at the facilities and dental services will also be offered.
According to Ferguson, the number of health professionals working at the centres would be increased and the opening hours extended.