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Health Ministry Dispels Ebola Rumours

The Ministry of Health is dispelling rumours of a suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus in the island. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Kevin Harvey, said no suspected case of the disease is being investigated. “We are not investigating a suspected case and we have no reason…

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Jamaicans Learn Best Practices In Disabilities Policy

Representatives of organisations that provide support to the disabled community recently got the opportunity to learn from best practices in disabilities policy when they travelled to the United States (US) to observe the execution of that country’s disabilities act. The visit was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS)…

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$506 Million for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Programme

As it continues to strengthen the multi-sectoral response to HIV/AIDS infection rates in Jamaica, the Government has budgeted $506 million for the Transitional Funding Mechanism programme. As contained in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure currently before the House of Representatives, existing gains consolidated, and activities scaled up to reduce transmission…

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$294 Million to be Spent on HIV Programme for At-Risk Groups

Persons most at risk for contracting HIV are being targeted under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded programme. As outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the HIV Prevalence in Most-at-Risk Population Reduced programme, which runs from October, 2009 to September, 2014,…

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$102.9 Million for Maternal and Child Mortality Programme

As the country strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to the reduction of maternal and child mortality, a total of $102.9 million has been allotted to support this undertaking in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure. This will be carried out under the Reduction of Maternal and Child…

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$1 Billion to Upgrade Health Facilities

More than $1 billion will be spent this fiscal year to upgrade health facilities across the island. As outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, the project is being funded by the National Health Fund (NHF) and is being implemented by the Regional Health…

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Immediate Action to Tackle Mosquito Nuisance in Callaloo Mews

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has assured residents of Callaloo Mews, Spanish Town Road, that immediate vector control measures will be taken to tackle the mosquito nuisance affecting their community. The residents had complained about the issue earlier in the week, and the Minister visited the area on…

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Health Ministry Reviewing Customer Care Policy

The Ministry of Health is reviewing its customer care policy, in a bid to ensure that Jamaicans are afforded the highest level of service within the public health sector. Making the disclosure on February 19, portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said it is intended that “(persons) will receive from…

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Boost for Cancer Treatment at KPH

Cancer patients at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) are to benefit from the proceeds of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Palisadoes Charity 5K Walk/Run, which was held last month. Just over $2 million was raised from the event, which will go towards the purchase of equipment for endoscopy treatment…

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House Approves Amendments to Smoking Regulations

The House of Representatives has approved amendments to the regulations governing the ban on smoking in public places, which were recommended by the Human Resource and Social Development Committee of Parliament. A report from the Committee was submitted to the Lower House for debate and approval, on January 28. In…

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New Health Centre Opens in James Hill, Clarendon

Residents of James Hill and adjoining communities in North Clarendon are now benefiting from a new health centre, constructed at a cost of $41 million. Construction of the Type II facility, which was officially opened on January 24, by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, was funded by the National…

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Access to Quality Health Care Advanced in 2013

The Ministry of Health, this year, created systems of excellence, and advanced healthcare for all, an agenda emphasised by portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson in his Sectoral presentation in June. TOBACCO LEGISLATION In July the Government, led by the Ministry of Health, passed regulations to ban smoking in specified…

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Emergency Security Talks at KPH

Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson called an emergency stakeholders meeting on Monday, December 30, to discuss security arrangements at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). Dr. Ferguson met with representatives of the Nurses Association (NAJ), the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association along with representatives…

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$50 Million Earmarked to Begin Electronic Medical Records System

Approximately $50 million has been earmarked to begin implementation of the Electronic Medical Records System within the health sector, to replace the existing paper-based system. “Our first set of projects in terms of Electronic Medical Records will start in the first quarter of next year, and it will start with…

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Health Centre of Excellence Opens in Darliston

The health centre at Darliston, in Eastern Westmoreland, which has been upgraded to a Centre of Excellence, was officially opened on December 20, by Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson. This is the second Health Centre of Excellence to open its doors to the public, with the first being…

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Golden Spring Health Centre to be Upgraded

A contract has been signed for a $39 million, for the reconstruction and upgrading of the Golden Spring Health Centre, in St. Andrew. The facility serves some 4,000 persons monthly. The facility, which is a Type 1 health centre, will be upgraded to a Type 2, with funding from the…

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Jamaica to Pilot Project on Tobacco-Induced Disease

Jamaica will be a pilot site for a $20 million project aimed at determining the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is one of the leading tobacco-induced diseases. The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) Project will be undertaken by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the…

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British American Tobacco Settles Case Against MOH

The case brought against the Minister of Health by British American Tobacco through its local subsidiary Carreras has been settled. News came on Thursday morning as the parties squared off in the Supreme Court. In a quick reaction Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson welcomed the development, saying it…

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Urgent Examination of Buff Bay Hospital

The Buff Bay Community Hospital is to come in for urgent attention. That is the directive from Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson. He says that operations at the over 100 year old institution must be immediately reviewed by an ad hoc committee so that a suitable road-map of…

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Health Minister Announces Proposed Changes to Tobacco Regulations

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has announced a number of proposed amendments to the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations, which came into effect on July 15, 2013. “In respect of breaches by individuals, fines will be lowered and persons found in breach of the Tobacco Regulations will not…

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