JIS News

The National Health Fund (NHF) yesterday handed over a new ambulance to the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth.
Speaking at the event NHF Board Member, Raymond Brooks observed that the new vehicle would provide much needed service not only to the hospital, but also to the wider Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).
“This is all part of NHF’s support for emergency services here. to date $20 million was approved to provide equipment for the accident and emergency department. This includes the cost of the ambulance.this is not all as the NHF is also providing a grant of $14 million for the repair and refurbishing of the operating theatre and other areas damaged by Hurricane Ivan,” he said.
Mr. Brooks stated that the hurricane restoration work was scheduled for completion by the end of March.”A proper functioning laundry has been put in place for this hospital courtesy of a grant from us for $1.5 million, we have also upgraded the communications infrastructure through computerisation.this provides direct links between hospital and regional office,” he said.
The Black River Hospital was built in the early 1800’s and was originally used as an army barracks. Demand for the hospital’s services has grown over the years with the continued increase in the population of the parish. Since its inception the NHF has provided more than $35 million in funding for various projects in the parish.