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Place more importance on hospitals

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Public hospitals will continue to fall way below par, in terms of the level and quality of health care offered to the public, because Jamaican government administrations, past and present, don't place enough importance on running these institutions in an efficient, effective and excellent way. The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) is a joke. If Jamaican governments, past and present, took the health care of the poor seriously, public hospitals would be allocated and given the funds and machinery necessary to operate in an efficient and effective manner, each and every year.

Imagine a public hospital, such as KPH, not having an adequate supply of basic medical supplies, such as syringes, gloves, masks, etc., and machinery, in order to serve the public in an effective and efficient manner. Imagine a citizen experiencing harsh physical pain and having to wait for almost a day to be treated and, if necessary, admitted. Is it any wonder that many ministers of government fly to Florida whenever they face a health crisis, or they may choose go to one of the country's private hospitals.


Last, given the poor current condition of Jamaica's public health sector and, moreover, Dr Fenton Ferguson's failure to adequately address the chikungunya threat - before it spread like wildfire throughout Jamaica and left many Jamaicans in severe pain or dead - he should be booted as health minister. I won't mention the minister's bizarre public and much-laughed-at and lambasted statement, that he would like to experience, first-hand, what having chikungunya feels like.