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  • Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has given instructions to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) to extend the opening hours of a number of health centres.
  • Dr. Ferguson notes that this has become necessary as persons are having a difficulty accessing certain medication in the private sector.
  • He said persons are also unable to afford the fees for private care and the tests being requested by some private practitioners.

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has given instructions to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) to extend the opening hours of a number of health centres to facilitate persons who need non-emergency care.

Dr. Ferguson notes that this has become necessary as persons are having a difficulty accessing certain medication in the private sector. He said persons are also unable to afford the fees for private care and the tests being requested by some private practitioners.

“The decision to extend opening hours also comes after a reported increase in the number of persons who are seeking care at hospitals. In light of this increased demand, I have instructed that the South East Region extend the hours for a number of primary care facilities to accommodate those persons who can be treated at the health centre level,” he said.

The following select Health Centres and Outpatient Departments will have extended hours and will be opened from 8am to 8pm:

 

Kingston and St. Andrew

Hagley Park

Olympic Gardens

Duhaney Park

Windward Road

Maxfield Park

 

St. Catherine

St. Jago Park

Greater Portmore

Linstead

 

St. Thomas

Morant Bay

Seaforth

The Health Minister has instructed SERHA to ensure that the necessary requirements are put in place for this to be done immediately.