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  • Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says there is a place for more science graduates and trained professionals in the health care system.
  • Dr. Ferguson was addressing Ardenne High School’s distinguished lecture series 2014, at the institution’s campus in St. Andrew on November 5, under the theme: ‘The future of Jamaica’s Healthcare System: is there a place for today’s science graduates?’.
  • He pointed out that one of the main components to be addressed under Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Development Plan, is the shortage of health care professionals, which is a global issue.

Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says there is a place for more science graduates and trained professionals in the health care system.

“We will never have enough health professionals to fill the current gaps. And so, we will need to continuously train a cadre of young professionals, not only to fill vacancies that presently exist, but also for effective succession planning,” the Minister said.

Dr. Ferguson was addressing Ardenne High School’s distinguished lecture series 2014, at the institution’s campus in St. Andrew on November 5, under the theme: ‘The future of Jamaica’s Healthcare System: is there a place for today’s science graduates?’.

He pointed out that one of the main components to be addressed under Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Development Plan, is the shortage of health care professionals, which is a global issue.

However, Dr. Ferguson argued that the health care system is in good hands, as there are enough young persons with potential to be trained to effectively fill those vacancies.

“When we look at those needs and the potential of the youth population, I think that we are in a good place. You can firmly establish your place in the present health system and make an important contribution towards the development of people and country,” the Minister told the students.

He further pointed out that there is a need to ensure that the departure of retired health care workers does not leave a major gap in the system, “and that there are others who can effectively take over and continue the process without much instability or interruption.”

Dr. Ferguson also informed that the Ministry’s vision is that Jamaica will become the undisputed health hub of the Caribbean by 2030.

“The process has already started towards this goal. But you will ultimately be the ones to take Jamaica to the place where we can say we have achieved the targets that we had set, and this cannot happen without the cooperation of the entire society,” he said.