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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has broken ground for the $42 million renovation of the Hagley Park Health Centre, in St. Andrew, to be completed in 10 months.
  • The facility serves some 27,000 residents in the area, and the Prime Minister, while addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, on February 6, pleaded with members of the public to cooperate in using other nearby health centres, while Hagley Park is upgraded to serve them better.
  • Stressing the importance of improved health facilities for both the patients and medical staff, Mrs. Simpson Miller said at the end of the project, the almost 30,000 customers will have the benefit of a centre that all communities across Jamaica should have.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has broken ground for the $42 million renovation of the Hagley Park Health Centre, in St. Andrew, to be completed in 10 months.

The facility serves some 27,000 residents in the area, and the Prime Minister, while addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, on February 6, pleaded with members of the public to cooperate in using other nearby health centres, while Hagley Park is upgraded to serve them better.

“During that period, patients who normally use this centre will be accommodated at the Oak Glades and Maxfield Park centres. I encourage the residents of the Hagley Park and surrounding communities to bear with us while we make the necessary improvement to your facility,” the Prime Minister urged.

Stressing the importance of improved health facilities for both the patients and medical staff, Mrs. Simpson Miller said at the end of the project, the almost 30,000 customers will have the benefit of a centre that all communities across Jamaica should have.

“The vision is to ensure that the health centre can deliver quality care to the customers. The renovation project is designed to result in improvement in patient experience, and overall service delivery,” she added.

Over the last three years, some $600 million has been spent to improve health centres, while $1.5 billion is currently being disbursed for the improvement of several hospitals.

The Prime Minister explained that a mobile project that the Ministry of Health is undertaking to reach rural communities with much of its services, is ensuring that quality health care reaches the remotest areas on the island.

“We have to take care of all our people. The health of our people is the foundation for the wealth of the nation…to produce more and export more, which will result in more prosperity for the nation,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

Also at the ceremony was the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who also endorsed the National Health Fund (NHF) funded project.

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