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  • Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called on service clubs to continue to support the efforts of the Ministry to make technological strides in healthcare.
  • In a recent meeting at the Ministry with members of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North, Dr. Tufton commended them for choosing a major project for the 2016-2017 year that would benefit the health sector in a significant way.
  • President of the club for 2016-2017, Glenroy Williams, said the club would be equipping the lecture theatre at the Accident and Emergency Department of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment to aid in the training of emergency personnel at the hospital.

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called on service clubs to continue to support the efforts of the Ministry to make technological strides in healthcare.

In a recent meeting at the Ministry with members of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North, Dr. Tufton commended them for choosing a major project for the 2016-2017 year that would benefit the health sector in a significant way.

President of the club for 2016-2017, Glenroy Williams, said the club would be equipping the lecture theatre at the Accident and Emergency Department of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment to aid in the training of emergency personnel at the hospital.

Head of the Accident and Emergency Department of the UHWI, Dr. Jean Johnson, explained the positive impact that the equipment would have on the hospital’s ability to provide high-quality service to its clients.

“I’m so happy today that the Rotary Club has taken this decision. An upgrade in the technology is very important as we train medical students to become doctors; doctors to become specialists in their fields; nurses, emergency room technicians and patient care assistants,” she said.

Dr. Johnson said the technology will also be used for sharing of information between campuses. She pointed out that the University Hospital, like the University of the West Indies, has a regional mandate that training sessions should be shared with other campuses in Barbados, Trinidad, and The Bahamas.

She added that the training programme at the UHWI also facilitates teaching of students who are in other hospitals like Spanish Town, Kingston Public, and Cornwall Regional.

The upgrade project is slated to cost $4 million.