Ministry honours health workers
More than 50 retired health workers have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the health sector in St Thomas.
At an awards banquet held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on August 27, the St Thomas Health Services honoured persons who retired from the Princess Margaret Hospital and the St. Thomas Health Department during the period January 2009 to May 2015.
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in addressing the function, lauded the retired workers for their dedicated service to the health sector in St Thomas.
"I am glad that we have taken the time this year to recognise the persons who have been on the front line of the health-care system, who throughout their years of work, have had to be very creative and turn the impossible into possible, despair into hope and the unimaginable into something remarkable, with lasting value," Dr. Ferguson said.
He said the public health-care system can be challenging, and "the fact that you stuck it out speaks to your level of patriotism, your dedication and your will to change the country one patient and one client at a time".
Meanwhile, Ferguson pointed out that the National Development Plan envisions a healthy and stable population by 2030.
"We are not very far from that deadline that we have set ourselves. In order to get there, we have many issues that we need to address," he emphasised.