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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has instructed the newly-appointed Health Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley, to make every effort to correct the shortcomings in the health sector as quickly as possible.
  • She also expressed confidence in Mr. Dalley’s ability to bring critical improvement to the health sector in short order, noting that he is familiar with the system, having served in that Portfolio before.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller made the statement during an address to the nation on Sunday (November 8).

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has instructed the newly-appointed Health Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley, to make every effort to correct the shortcomings in the health sector as quickly as possible.

She also expressed confidence in Mr. Dalley’s ability to bring critical improvement to the health sector in short order, noting that he is familiar with the system, having served in that Portfolio before.

Mrs. Simpson Miller made the statement during an address to the nation on Sunday (November 8).

This address follows an announcement by the Prime Minister on Friday (November 6) that changes are to be made to the Cabinet, effective Monday, November 9.

Former Health Minister, Hon. Fenton Ferguson, has been re-assigned to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, while the Hon. Derrick Kellier will continue to lead the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

She said Mr. Dalley has assured her that his first order of business will be to strengthen the system of health care delivery, to reduce or eliminate the deaths of babies or adults from causes such as bacterial outbreaks.

“Our task is to ensure that as much as it is humanly possible, we eliminate such tragedies which cause great pain to our mothers, families and our nation,” she said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller has instructed Mr. Dalley to review the reporting structure between the health regions and the Ministry of Health.

The Prime Minister, in her address, again expressed regret at the passing of the 19 pre-mature babies due to klebsiella and serratia infection at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), in Kingston, and the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in Montego Bay.

“The Government feels the anguish of the mothers and fathers who have lost their babies. We are truly sorry for your pain and the loss of these precious lives,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She called on the nation to remain hopeful and to work together with the Government to continue to build the country.

“Our task is to ensure that as much as it is humanly possible, we eliminate such tragedies, which cause great pain to our mothers, families, and our nation,” the Prime Minister said.

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