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  • The Nannyville Health Centre in South East St. Andrew is to benefit from major renovation and refurbishing at a cost of $51.48 million.
  • Funding for the project is being provided through the National Health Fund.
  • The government is expending significant sums to upgrade primary health facilities to limit the need for persons to visit the hospitals.

The Nannyville Health Centre in South East St. Andrew, which has been closed for several years, is to benefit from major renovation and refurbishing at a cost of $51.48 million.

Funding for the project is being provided through the National Health Fund (NHF) and work is expected to be completed in July 2014.

The renovation will cost $26.8 million and includes electrical and air conditioning works; the erection of chain link boundary fence; paving of the car parking lot; and roof repairs. The remaining $24.6 million will go towards furnishing and equipping the facility.

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who addressed the contract signing ceremony held on February 6 at the health facility, appealed to members of the beneficiary communities “to take the responsibility of ensuring that the health centre remains in good condition, very seriously.”

He noted that the government is expending significant sums to upgrade primary health facilities to limit the need for persons to visit the hospitals, as well as increasing access to health services at the community level, to combat the prevalence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

“NCDs are the most common cause of death in Jamaica and represent the most important cause of morbidity and mortality in the country. In fact, over 70 per cent of deaths annually in our country are due to the NCDs,” Dr. Ferguson said.

He further noted that the cost to care for persons with NCDs such as cancer, hypertension and diabetes is alarming.

According to a 2007 World Bank study, the cost to treat diabetes and hypertension together, is about US$461 million.

“When a person is diagnosed with an NCD the cost for treatment can bankrupt a family and have implications for even children attending school and therefore the long-term development of the country,” the Health Minister pointed out.

Meanwhile, Board Chairman, NHF, Sterling Soares said that the project will benefit the communities of Nannyville, Range, Swallowfield, Stadium Gardens and sections of Mountain View.

“I have no doubt that the staff and persons, who will use this facility will be happy for this environment,” he noted.

Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew, Julian Robinson, informed that there are plans in place for the recruitment of staff for the facility.

The refurbishing work forms part of the Government’s primary health care infrastructure renewal programme under which over 100 health centres have been refurbished.