Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says the Government is seeking to develop co-operation between training and health service institutions, in order to strengthen the capacity of the health workforce.
“We are entering into formal arrangements with training institutions with the objective of ensuring that we are training the people that we need in the numbers that we need them, and in competencies that we need,” Mr. Spencer said.
The Minister was addressing the first of a two-day Human Resources in Health workshop, hosted by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Canadian-based Dalhousie University, at the Medallion Hall Hotel, in Kingston, today (August 24).
Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (centre) and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester (right), discuss the contents of a document during the first of a two-day Human Resources in Health workshop, hosted by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Canadian-based Dalhousie University, at the Medallion Hall Hotel, in Kingston, today (August 24). Looking on at left is PAHO/WHO representative in Jamaica, Dr. Ernest Pate.
Mr. Spencer said that while the government continues to support the traditional training programmes for nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other health workers, the administration is also investing heavily in short term training of assistive health care workers. These, he said, include pharmacy technicians, laboratory technicians, community health aides and dialysis technicians.
To this end, he pointed out that earlier this year, the Ministry, in collaboration with the University of Technology (UTech), opened a training campus at the Lionel Town Hospital, in Clarendon, to boost the capacity to train pharmacy technicians and dialysis technicians.
The workshop was held to address the measurement of the 20 Human Resources in Health goals, in accordance with the Millennium goals, to determine Jamaica’s present status.
Representatives from Councils which regulate health professionals – the medical council, the nursing council; professional supplementary to medicine, which registers medical technologists and other groups; UTech; Dalhousie University; Regional Health Authorities; senior staff in the Ministry of Health; and representatives from PAHO’s local and Washington Office, participated in the session.