Black River Hospital’s Developmental Plans: Parish Manager for the St. Elizabeth Health Services, Mr. Sean Brissett (2nd right) explains to Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton (left) the short, medium and long term developmental plans for the Black River Hospital to deal with challenges including overcrowding. The Minister toured the hospital on Thursday, July 21 to get to get a firsthand view of the facilities operations and noted that he was satisfied with the proposed plans and will be working with the hospital’s team. Photographed also are: Senior Medical Officer at the Black River Hospital, Dr. Norman Day (2nd left); Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Mr. Michael Bent (centre) and CEO of the hospital, Mrs. Diana Brown Miller (right).
Primary Healthcare Boost: Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton (left) tells journalists that the Ministry is moving immediately to enhance patient care for Jamaicans and has commenced boosting the quality of primary health care in an effort to alleviate the demands on hospitals. He added that some of the measures include the extension of opening hours at clinics and the availability of health personnel at clinics that are in close proximity to hospitals across the island. The Minister was speaking after a tour of the Black River Hospital on Thursday, July 21. At left is Senior Medical Officer at the Black River Hospital, Dr. Norman Day and Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye.
Unity to Fight Zika: Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton (centre) along with Member of Parliament for St. Elizabeth North Eastern, Mr. Evon Redman and St. Elizabeth North Eastern Caretaker, Dr. Saphire Longmore urge scores of women to take extra precaution during pregnancy and protect themselves from the Zika Virus. The appeal was made during a tour of the Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence on Friday, July 22 by the Minister and health officials to get a better understanding of the facility’s operations. The Minister also toured the Black River Health Centre to assess enhancing the services to support the Black River Hospital.