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  • The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is reporting that it has implemented 80 per cent of the recommendations made by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in operational best practices.
  • Acting Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, Kevin Allen, said the cost to execute the PAHO recommendations is approximately $154.1 million, which covers operational activities and capital items.
  • Mr. Allen was addressing a press briefing on Monday, December 21, at the UHWI Boardroom in Papine, St. Andrew.

The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is reporting that it has implemented 80 per cent of the recommendations made by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in operational best practices.

Acting Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, Kevin Allen, said the cost to execute the PAHO recommendations is approximately $154.1 million, which covers operational activities and capital items.

“This was communicated to the Ministry of Health, which has pledged support to the capital component of this budget to the tune of $40 million. We will seek help from corporate Jamaica with the remainder,” he said.

Mr. Allen was addressing a press briefing on Monday, December 21, at the UHWI Boardroom in Papine, St. Andrew.

The PAHO recommendations are being implemented following the outbreak of bacterial infection at the hospital, which resulted in the deaths of premature babies, and revealed serious breaches of reporting and standard operational protocols.

Mr. Allen also informed that improvements are to be carried out to the Special Care Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and will be done in three phases.

Focus will be placed on addressing the adverse operating conditions in the NICU; establishing improved policies, systems, processes and procedures, with entrenched checks and balances that comply with best practices; and equipping employees with the necessary skills and tools to provide quality patient care.

Mr. Allen assured the public that the administration and staff at the UHWI will continue to do everything in their power to ensure that the facility is able to provide a high standard of quality health care at all times.