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Health minister to seek Cabinet approval to restructure primary healthcare system

Published:Sunday | March 2, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Jamaica's health minister is to prepare a submission to Cabinet for the restructuring of the island's primary healthcare system.



Speaking at the opening of the Rocky Point Health Centre in Clarendon on Friday, Dr Fenton Ferguson said the reform would encourage people to use health centres as the first point of contact for health services instead of hospitals.



He says it is part of the strategy to move towards universal access to healthcare at the primary level and reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases in the island.



The Rocky Point health centre was refurbished at a cost J$29.2 million, while J$2.8 million has been set aside for medical equipment and furniture.



Funding was provided by the National Health Fund. The new health centre boasts facilities for curative, child health, maternal and antenatal care, family planning and counselling.



The initiative is part of the Primary Health Care Infrastructure Renewal Programme under which more than 100 health centres have been refurbished.



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