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  • Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson says training and education are among the best and most valuable investments that can be made for the country and for each individual and family.
  • Dr. Ferguson was speaking on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the graduation exercise for 30 Critical Care Nurses held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston.
  • Dr. Ferguson told the graduates that in moving forward to achieve Jamaica’s National Development Goal of a healthy and stable society, they are among our most valuable assets/

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson says training and education are among the best and most valuable investments that can be made for the country and for each individual and family.

Dr. Ferguson was speaking on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the graduation exercise for 30 Critical Care Nurses held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston. The group represented the 14th and final cohort of the Jamaica School of Nurse Anaesthesia.

Dr. Ferguson told the graduates of the Critical Care Nursing Programme that in moving forward to achieve Jamaica’s National Development Goal of a healthy and stable society, they are among our most valuable assets as without a highly skilled and appropriately trained human resource cadre we will not be able to achieve our goals.

He urged them to use their skills to assist the country in achieving Universal Access and Universal Health Coverage for all Jamaicans.

“This is now the global focus and it is important for us in Jamaica in order to be able to comprehensively address the health needs of our population especially the most vulnerable. UA and UHC require us to put measures in place to ensure a quality health service which includes access to safe, effective and affordable medicines while protecting the most vulnerable by providing a service that does not expose any member of the society to financial hardship,” Dr. Ferguson said.

He added that the Ministry of Health has done several things to improve the health sector as part of efforts to achieve UA and UHC. These include a continuation of primary health care infrastructure renewal and completion of 129 health centres with several others in the pipeline; the establishment of four Primary Care Centres of Excellence – one in each Regional Health Authority – to ensure that quality health care is more accessible to communities and the development of secondary care with a spend of more than $1.5 billion in the last three years on infrastructure improvement and equipment.

“In continuing our efforts to build a resilient health system that can withstand shock and deal with emergencies this year we will begin the process of crafting a ten year development plan for the health sector.  This development plan represents a paradigm shift in the way we structure primary health care services. We are instructed by the population and epidemiological data which will be the central guide to developing an appropriate system at the community level,” he said.