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  • The contribution of workers in the health sector will be key to the primary health care renewal project being embarked on by the Government.
  • The State Minister said that, “from what I have seen, the largest asset of the Ministry of Health is our human resource.
  • The Government is on a drive to improve the health sector, particularly at the primary level.

The contribution of workers in the health sector will be key to the primary health care renewal project being embarked on by the Government.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for primary health care infrastructure, Hon. Luther Buchanan, at a press briefing, held on April 15 in Lucea, Hanover.

Following a tour of the Salt Spring, Green Pond and Glendevon health centres in St. James, and the Noel Holmes Hospital, in Hanover, the State Minister said that, “from what I have seen, the largest asset of the Ministry of Health is our human resource, and although some of the circumstances under which our people work are less than ideal, they continue to provide good service to our Jamaican citizens.”

The State Minister, who has visited about 30 health facilities in eight parishes over the last 10 weeks to get first hand knowledge of their needs, said the Government is on a drive to improve the health sector, particularly at the primary level.

He said that the sector is well served by a dedicated cadre of health workers and work would be carried out to improve the infrastructure and other areas in the health facilities.

“There is work to be done…work will be done, and I am pressing on,” the State Minister added.

He lauded the work of health care providers across the island, both in the private and public sectors, noting that they are among the best in the world.

At the Noel Holmes Hospital, Mr. Buchanan observed the $75 million improvement work now taking place at the institution and toured the building which houses the staff of the Hanover Health Department.