Recalling his two episodes as a patient of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Prime Minister Bruce Golding said that there was nothing as important to a hospital as the people giving care. He was delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the $141 million MRI unit at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on January 20.
"Equipment is vital to hospitals for service delivery, but as important as equipment is, there is no equipment that is as important as the people who are involved. There is no hospital in Jamaica that comes under the intense constant pressure as the KPH does. You are located in an area that is sometimes more than ordinarily challenging. Therefore it’s not just a place of work, it is a place of love and commitment" Mr Golding said.
In his remarks, the Minster of Health, Rudyard "Ruddy" Spencer, noted that measures had been put in place to ensure that local technicians will be able to service the equipment. He noted that the opening of the Unit was among the significant strides that have been made to expand critical services in the areas of renal care, cardiology and chemotherapy.
Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Mr. Lyttleton "Tanny" Shirley, said that the MRI Unit at the KPH is "First among its kind and among the best anywhere in modern health centres."
In her presentation, Radiologist, Dr Tricia Dundas said that the Unit will be especially useful to help the hospital’s high number of patients injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes and gunshot wounds.
The MRI is a non-invasive, diagnostic tool that gives high quality information about soft body tissues without using potentially harmful radiation. The hospital has also recently refurbished its compound to include a helipad for patients who are brought to the hospital by helicopter.
Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister