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  • Principal of the Manchester-based Porus High School Michael Stewart is the new Chairman for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).
  • Ministry Ferguson said the former Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, will be a tremendous asset to the health system.
  • The SRHA manages five hospitals and 74 health centres.

Principal of the Manchester-based Porus High School Michael Stewart is the new Chairman for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).

Making the announcement recently, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the former Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, will be a tremendous asset to the health system, given his many years in the field of education.

The Minister stated that much of the health promotion programmes being spearheaded by the Ministry, impact schools, and that Mr. Stewart is best suited for the position.

“Taking over the reign of the Authority, I am sure that his connections with the education sector will not be lost, in his efforts as Chairman of the Region…everything we have to do now, we have to start with our schools; whether it is the obesity problems, or the sexual problems, whatever it is…so, we want to see that link with our schools,” Minister Ferguson told his audience.

The SRHA manages five hospitals and 74 health centres. It serves the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth. The new Chairman said while the work in the area is significant, he is confident that the various stakeholders and the professionals in the system will give their best for the improvement of health care delivery for the public.

“I know that the competent professional persons, the doctors and the nurses, and the health care providers are fully on board, and are willing to give support to improve the quality of health care in the Region, and I am prepared to work with them to ensure that the quality is maintained,” Mr. Stewart said.