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  • The Southern Regional Health Foundation has established its St. Elizabeth Chapter, aimed at supporting and promoting development of public health services in the parish.
  • At the launch held at the Ashton Great House, on Thursday, (January 28) in the parish, Custos of St. Elizabeth, Hon. Alfred Farquharson, said he was confident that individuals and groups will work with the Foundation as "our response to the Haitian situation tells us that we are capable of doing a lot of things if we maintain the will. Our weight is needed behind the effort that is being made to start this Foundation, and to take it to a respectable height".
  • In his remarks, Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, said the organisation will serve as a vehicle through which private citizens can contribute significantly to the running of the health facilities in St. Elizabeth.

The Southern Regional Health Foundation has established its St. Elizabeth Chapter, aimed at supporting and promoting development of public health services in the parish.

At the launch held at the Ashton Great House, on Thursday, (January 28) in the parish, Custos of St. Elizabeth, Hon. Alfred Farquharson, said he was confident that individuals and groups will work with the Foundation as “our response to the Haitian situation tells us that we are capable of doing a lot of things if we maintain the will. Our weight is needed behind the effort that is being made to start this Foundation, and to take it to a respectable height”.

In his remarks, Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, said the organisation will serve as a vehicle through which private citizens can contribute significantly to the running of the health facilities in St. Elizabeth.

“It is a grand opportunity for people in the three parishes to give back some of what the country has allowed them to acquire, it is about the well-being of the society, and I give it my full support,” the Mayor stated.

For Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Mr. Timothy Scarlet, who spoke at the function, it is another move to ensure that people get quality health care. “The Government is committed to maintaining the free health care policy, and it is up to the Regional Boards to maintain the level of service that the Jamaican people deserve. We in the Southern Region are determined to have the best health care facilities within the island,” Mr. Scarlet emphasised.

Mr. Damion Baker, who is Special Assistant to Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, described the Foundation as ensuring a “responsive and effective health care delivery system (it) fits closely with the Vision 2030 Plan, to ensure that citizens get the best health care possible, and we pledge our full support for the success of this group,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dean of Applied Health Science at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Erica Robinson-Sturridge, who was guest speaker at the event, said the Foundation represents the very core of what it means to be Jamaican, and a people who support each others in times of need.

“This Foundation is unique because it spans three parishes, and each parish will have its own unique structure, but work cooperatively. It represents the essence of partnership that is needed to engage the people of Jamaica in a social reconstruction of our country. It will make a difference, and will also serve to ensure sustainability of the very core of the service which enables productivity of our people,” Dr. Robinson-Sturridge stated.

The Southern Regional Health Authority has, as its mission, ensuring access to a sustainable response and effective health system that is customer focused, stakeholder driven, and facilitates the health and wellbeing of residents of Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth.

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