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The St. James Parish Council will be making submission to the Government for the renaming of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in honour of the late Dr. Herbert Eldemire, in recognition of his sterling contribution to health in Jamaica.
Dr. Eldemire, who died on May 20 after a brief illness, served as Minister of Health from 1962 to 1972, and was also Member of Parliament for East Central
St. James. It was through his advocacy that the hospital, which serves western Jamaica, was established.
Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Charles Sinclair, in a statement, said that the renaming of the hospital for Dr. Eldemire would be a fitting tribute and “a great way of saying farewell”.
“When one has contributed so much to society, we must consider how we can truly show our appreciation for such invaluable service. Along with all members of the Parish Council, we propose that it is quite fitting that the hospital that was established as a result of his advocacy and lobbying during his time as Minister of Health, be renamed in his honour,” Mayor Sinclair said.
As Minister of Health, Dr. Eldemire was also instrumental in the establishment of the Western School of Nursing and the introduction of the National Family Planning Programme.
As a physician, he maintained a large private practice in Montego Bay for more than four decades and set up a small hospital in the parish capital.
Dr. Eldemire, who was buried on Saturday (May 29), is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Jane, Andrea and Denise; son Barney (Herbert Jnr.); brother Arthur and other relatives and friends.