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  • The newly upgraded Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit was re-opened at the UHWI.
  • Formerly the Advanced Training and Research in Fertility Management Unit, it was established in 1979 under the directorship of its founding professor, Hon. Hugh Wynter.
  • The facility’s outputs have attracted the support of CARICOM governments.

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Friday (November 22), officially re-opened the newly upgraded Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), during a ceremony at the institution.

The facility has been outfitted with the latest technological features, including two state-of-the-art operating rooms, an assisted conception laboratory, an internal lecture room, and a skills laboratory.

These features are expected to significantly enhance the Unit’s capacity for clinical research and delivering programmes in reproductive health for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing students, clients, and medical practitioners locally, regionally, and internationally.

In her remarks, Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that the Unit continues to contribute significantly to advancing the Caribbean’s human resource capacity in health and management.

“This unit has set good standards for our public and private organisations. The centre is now rebranding itself as a world class organisation. The physical infrastructure has been modernised, (and the) diagnostic treatment, teaching, and learning facilities have been improved,” she stated.

The Prime Minister also noted that the facility’s outputs have attracted the support of CARICOM governments, and declared that “it is fitting that we hail the Fertility Management Unit as an advocate and a reliable promoter of better health systems for Caribbean countries.”

Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government of Jamaica is pleased to be associated with the facility’s reopening, and added that the citizens and their counterparts in other Caribbean islands welcome the quality and extent of the benefits “it brings to their health status.”

For his part, Director of the Unit, Professor Joseph Frederick, noted that the expanded facility is “truly a dream coming true”

“The two new operating rooms, the first of their type in the English speaking Caribbean, are equipped with the latest technology and equipment to provide first world treatment to our people at an affordable price,” he informed.

Professor Frederick further advised that: “we are going to be introducing new technology (robotic surgery) which will provide three dimensional imaging and will provide training to all surgical disciplines in the Caribbean. Training will be provided to gynaecologists, general surgeons, and urologists.”

In his remarks, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, welcomed the major focus on training which will be facilitated through the Unit.

“The Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit is poised to unleash the collective skills of those attached to it in a way that will leave many a Jamaican man or woman or those from the Diaspora satisfied,” Dr. Ferguson said.

The facility, formerly the Advanced Training and Research in Fertility Management Unit, was established in 1979 under the directorship of its founding professor, Hon. Hugh Wynter. Over the years, the unit has focused on four components- clinical services, research, training, and outreach.