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  • A proposal for the redesign of the primary health care system is to be brought before Cabinet for approval soon.
  • Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson said under the Primary Health Care Centres of Excellence, phase one of work on all the four Centres of Excellence has been completed.
  • He noted that the Centres of Excellence had emerged out of the need to enhance community-based participation and prevention against the background of increasing cases of non-communicable diseases.

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has informed that upon the recommendation of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a proposal for the redesign of the primary health care system is to be brought before Cabinet for approval soon.

“This is in an effort to improve health care delivery at the primary level in keeping with the thrust of universal health coverage. Under the Primary Health Care Centres of Excellence, phase one of work on all the four Centres of Excellence has been completed. We expect that these facilities which offer a more comprehensive service at the community level, will relieve the burden on the hospitals,” Dr. Ferguson outlined.

Dr. Ferguson provided these details in a message read by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with special responsibility for Primary health Care Services, Hon. Luther Buchanan, to hundreds of nurses participating in the Nurses Association of Jamaica’s 44th Island Conference at the Royalton White Sands Hotel in Falmouth, Trelawny on Friday, September 26.

He noted that the Centres of Excellence had emerged out of the need to enhance community-based participation and prevention against the background of increasing cases of non-communicable diseases.

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