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  • Ground has been broken for a new accident and emergency ward at the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth.
  • Minister of Health, John Junor, speaking recently at the official ceremony, noted that the project was expected to cost some $39 million.
  • He pointed out that the Health Support Fund (HSF), in collaboration with the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), would be spearheading the "long awaited upgrade".

Ground has been broken for a new accident and emergency ward at the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth.

Minister of Health, John Junor, speaking recently at the official ceremony, noted that the project was expected to cost some $39 million.

He pointed out that the Health Support Fund (HSF), in collaboration with the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), would be spearheading the “long awaited upgrade”.

The Minister also noted that discussions were currently underway with a view to further upgrading a number of the smaller Type ‘C’ hospitals across the island.

“This institution is in those talks for major upgrade, but we cannot wait for all of those negotiations. That is why in Black River, Spanish Town and Port Antonio we are upgrading the Accident and Emergency Departments,” he said.

The Minister said the region must be congratulated for coming up with $10 million of the amount, with the remaining amount being provided by the HSF.

“We are going to be improving the minor operations area, so that more day surgeries can be done.
Improvements will be done to our resuscitation and observation area, a new ambulance bay as well as an area to keep medical records and to do registration,” he said.

“When we introduced the decentralisation of the health sector some six years ago, it was not very readily accepted. This institution stands as shining example, and in fact, if you look islandwide, we have had tremendous successes over this period,” he said.