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  • Upgrading work will be undertaken at health facilities in the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), in the upcoming financial year.
  • The facilities are located in Myersville, Junction, Port Sea, Bellevue and Malvern, in the parish.
  • Dental equipment at the Junction health centre needs upgrading, while the unused maternity ward should be put into operation.

Upgrading work will be undertaken at health facilities in the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), in the upcoming financial year, with priority on the Junction and Bellevue health centres in St. Elizabeth.

This was announced by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Primary Health Care Infrastructure, Hon. Luther Buchanan, following a tour of five health centres in that region, on March 26.

The facilities visited are located in Myersville, Junction, Port Sea, Bellevue and Malvern, in the parish.

Mr. Buchanan told JIS News that the dental equipment at the Junction health centre needs upgrading, while the unused maternity ward should be put into operation. He added that the Myersville, Port Sea and Malvern centres would be given a face-lift.

The State Minister said work should begin in the new fiscal year on the Bellevue health centre, aimed at creating a more comfortable environment for both health workers and patients.

Mr. Buchanan explained that the upgrading work forms part of the Ministry’s strategy to bring the health centres up to a standard where they can take some of the pressure off the regional hospitals.

“Some of the people who visit the hospitals should really go to the health centres, so in terms of fixing the health care system with the Centres of Excellence, the more convenient Type One and Type Two clinics and the services provided,  you will see more persons utilizing the primary health care service. The burden will be removed from the regional hospitals,” the State Minister said.