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  • The Ministry of Health will soon sign an agreement for the development of a 10-year strategic plan to advance health care services in Jamaica.
  • Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, speaking at a press briefing at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on September 2, said a US$250,000 proposal was accepted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the development of this plan.
  • He pointed out that the project was approved by Cabinet this year and signed off by the Attorney General’s Chambers, adding that it will be guided by a multi-sectoral group, which is to be established.

The Ministry of Health will soon sign an agreement for the development of a 10-year strategic plan to advance health care services in Jamaica.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, speaking at a press briefing at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on September 2, said a US$250,000 proposal was accepted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the development of this plan.

He pointed out that the project was approved by Cabinet this year and signed off by the Attorney General’s Chambers, adding that it will be guided by a multi-sectoral group, which is to be established.

“The group will provide guidance to the technical team, which will include external and local consultants with support from Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO),  Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)  and other agencies,” Dr. Ferguson said.

The Minister said the team of consultants will build on recommendations from reports, such as the Comprehensive Burden of Illness study supported by the IDB, the Primary Health Care renewal document, the review of the Regional Health Authorities contained in the Davidson report, the review of the health system report and the review of essential public health functions conducted by PAHO.

It will also be based on an audit carried out on the four regional health authorities this year, as well as on the report from the Task Force looking at the shift system to ensure that the human resource requirements are appropriately addressed.

He said the Ministry is working in collaboration with various groups, such as the Nursing Council, the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Public Health Inspectors, Medical Technologists, Dentists, Physicians and other union representatives.

Dr. Ferguson said his team has also been meeting with technical partners, such as PAHO, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Jamaica’s future development will largely depend on the strength of our health sector. This is why we have been working assiduously towards achieving the goal of a healthy and stable population as outlined in our National Development Plan – Vision 2030. This requires partnership in every area of health,” he said.