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almost $688 million spent on health centres – Ferguson

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says the government has spent almost $688 million on improving health centres across the island.



He says the funds were used to complete work on 128 centres under the Primary Healthcare Infrastructure Renewal Programme.



And Speaking yesterday at the opening of a centre in Nannyvile, St Andrew, Dr Ferguson said nine more facilities are to be completed.



According to Dr Ferguson, of the $688 million, $131 million has been spent on primary health care facilities in the South East Regional Health Authority, SERHA.



SERHA is responsible for the delivery of health care services to St Catherine, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew.



And the region represents about 47 per cent of Jamaica’s population.



Dr Ferguson says the health ministry is on a move to improve the health care infrastructure right across the island.



He adds that the Cabinet recently approved the Primary Health Care policy which he says will mean a paradigm shift for primary care.



The health minister says care at the primary level is much cheaper and persons are being encouraged to use community health centres for matters that can be dealt with at that level to avoid overcrowding hospitals.