Renal care improvement coming
The Health Ministry in Jamaica is moving to improve the availability of healthcare for persons who are suffering from kidney disease. A number of persons affected by the disease are unable to receive adequate dialysis care due to a shortage of specialist medical personnel or nephrologists and nursing personnel.
Currently there are two nephrologists in the government health service and two certified nephrology nurses.The Kingston Public Hospital currently provides dialysis care for 74 persons while the Cornwall Regional Hospital treats 83.
The Health Ministry says four nurses who are currently in training are to be available to work at the Kingston Public and Cornwall Regional Hospitals in another two months. However president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Edith Allwood-Anderson in an interview with JIS News said about 50 specialist nurses are required to address the needs of persons with kidney disease.
Training and Development Officer at the Health Ministry, Yvonne Young-Reid, says the seven-month programme, which was launched in June, is expected to increase the number of available personnel. The specialized programme, which is currently based at the Kingston Public Hospital, is the first such training programme for nurses in Jamaica.