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  • Construction of the Type II facility was funded by the National Health Fund.
  • Provision of the facility is consistent with the Government’s human capital development strategy, focusing on the strengthening of health care.
  • The project entailed construction of two doctor’s offices; a registered nurse office; rooms for the public health nurse and public health inspector.

Residents of James Hill and adjoining communities in North Clarendon are now benefiting from a new health centre, constructed at a cost of $41 million.

Construction of the Type II facility, which was officially opened on January 24, by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, was funded by the National Health Fund (NHF), under its Institutional Benefits Programme.

In addition to James Hill, the centre will also serve Carty Hill, Desire, Nairne Castle, Roadside, Bog Hole, Fairbourne, Salem, Park Hall, and Bunkers Hill, among other areas.

Provision of the facility is consistent with the Government’s human capital development strategy.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Dr. Ferguson said the centre forms part of the administration’s priority focus on enhancing primary health care.

“This is one of over 100 health centres that have been done…with support of the National Health Fund, in building and refurbishing a number of these centres. In building this network of centres (we are) dealing with the primary renewal process,” the Minister said.

In his remarks, Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and Planning, and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Horace Dalley, welcomed the facility’s completion, pointing out that it will yield significant benefits for the residents, while urging them to ensure it is not vandalized.

State Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, who has responsibility for health centres islandwide, described the James Hill facility as “a prime example of the Government’s commitment to the improvement of our primary health care service across Jamaica.”

For his part, NHF Chairman, Sterling Soares, underscored the importance and benefit of communities having well equipped health facilities and institutions.

“This assures users that they are benefitting from quality health care and medical assistance. At the same time, it makes each facility more efficient and able to care for more patients. It also provides the staff with an environment that is more conducive to work in, and of course, the hospitals also benefit, because the health centres (take off some of the pressure),” Mr. Soares said.

The project entailed construction of two doctor’s offices; a registered nurse office; rooms for the public health nurse and public health inspector; dressing, injection, procedure, and storage rooms; client and staff restrooms, including  one for the physically challenged; a waiting area; and a document storage area.