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Users of the Brown’s Town Health Centre, in St. Ann, are expected to benefit from the comfort of the Lesma Johnston pre and post natal care wing, which is the latest addition to the facility.
Rehabilitation work was recently carried out at the centre to add the new wing, at a cost of more than $3 million. The facility was officially opened on August 13.
“Last year I bemoaned the pressure that was brought to bear at the Brown’s Town Health Centre, where patients sat on stones or under trees and on railings, posing much inconvenience for persons, particularly pregnant women and the elderly. This expansion will definitely alleviate the growing demand on the secondary health care facilities, brought on by the abolition of user fees in public hospitals and health centres,” Member of Parliament for Northwest St. Ann, Othniel Lawrence, said at the opening ceremony.
Citing the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Mr. Lawrence noted that it served its purpose in the work carried out at the centre.
“The coming into being of the Constituency Development Fund is one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of modern politics in Jamaica,” he said, informing that a new health centre would soon be established in the Mount Edgecombe/Runaway Bay area, as land has been identified for the construction of a $15 million health care facility.
“We intend to make this project a reality through the allocation of funds from the CDF,” he assured, and thanked the Social Development Commission (SDC), the Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the Parish Council for their input towards the wing.
He encouraged community members to take the best care of the facility. The wing is named in recognition of the late Lesma Johnston, a pioneering midwife whose work impacted the lives of many households in Brown’s Town.

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