Gov’t Looking to Upgrade

Kingston, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Gov’t Looking to Upgrade St Joseph’s Hospital:  Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says a technical assessment is to be undertaken of the St Joseph’s Hospital in St Andrew with a view to transforming the facility into a centre of excellence.

Gov’t Looking to Upgrade St Joseph’s Hospital

Dr Tufton said the assessment will be done during the 2017/18 financial year. He informed that land space is available to facilitate the upgrading of the 24-bed general hospital to enable it to handle certain specialist services.

“We’re looking at oncology. There has been significant investment in a linear accelerator, which deals with cancer treatment. That facility is being installed and we will have to build around that in order to facilitate additional support services and that technical work will be done during the course of this year,” he indicated.

Dr Tufton was speaking at the opening of a three-day internal medicine review conference at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Internal medicine is the branch of medicine dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults.

Meanwhile, Dr Tufton said the 10-year strategic review plan, which he announced during the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate, is being carried out by the ministry.

“When it is completed, it will give us a more structured and methodical approach to addressing concerns we currently have and will likely have in the future regarding the population,” he pointed out.

The objective of the plan is to strengthen strategic development planning for the health sector. It will focus on the continued roll-out of the Primary Healthcare Renewal Programme and tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as part of an integrated health service delivery model.

The annually held conference is open to doctors, medical residents, nurses, students and other interested people.

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