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  • The Charles Chin Loy Health Centre has been re-opened.
  • The Type II facility will provide maternal and child health care as well as curative services.
  • It was refurbished at a cost of $31 million through funding support from the CHASE Fund.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens and surrounding areas in Western Kingston, now have improved access to health services, following the refurbishing and re-opening of the Charles Chin Loy Health Centre in the community.

The Type II facility will provide maternal and child health care as well as curative services such as chronic diseases treatment and care, nutrition, paediatric and dental services, and mental health care.

It was refurbished at a cost of $31 million through funding support from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

Speaking at a ceremony held at the facility’s McKenzie Drive premises on November 28, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the re-opening is in keeping with efforts by the Government to improve the access of Jamaicans to primary health care services.

Dr. Ferguson said that primary care remains the most cost effective aspect of health care in the country. “It will take health care closer to the people of Jamaica. It is part of a mission to build a network of centres…and will begin to ease the pressure on secondary health care services that are more expensive,” he stated.

The Health Minister noted that under the primary health care renewal programme, the Ministry has rehabilitated over 100 health centres to ensure that communities have access to quality health services close to their homes.

For his part, Member of Parliament for Western Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, encouraged the citizens to take care of the facility and ensure that the workers are protected.

In her remarks, Project Manager, CHASE Fund, Paulette Mitchell, said the health centre will meet the needs of the approximately 4,000 residents in the vicinity.

“CHASE saw this project as one that would help to build capacity at the primary care level and thus relieve the hospitals of the excessive patient load. We saw it as providing the population of the inner-city with access to free health care literally in your backyard,” she stated.

She informed that the Fund, to date, has provided approximately $1.9 billion to the health sector, which represents 20 per cent of the income of the organisation.

The Charles Chin Loy Health Centre was originally opened in 1968 as a maternity centre donated by the Kiwanis Club of Kingston.

Over the years, the services offered were scaled down and the facility was eventually closed in 2012.