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February 10, 2014
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Nannyville Health Centre to be renovated

A contract has been signed to start renovation and refurbishing work on the Nannyville Health Centre in Kingston. The work on the centre is expected to cost $26,886,854 with an additional $24,601,951 to be used to purchase furniture and equipment.

Speaking at the contract signing, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson said the building has not been used for more than 20 years and so he was happy to note that by the end of July the health centre should be completed.

"The project comes at a time when the ministry is putting increased focus on the importance of having primary health-care services at the community level. Our broader aim is to increase access to health services in communities as part of efforts to combat the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are the most common cause of death in Jamaica and represent the most important cause of morbidity in the country."

He said the focus is also on "making sure that prevention and treatment services are available in communities to limit the need for persons to seek care at the hospital level because of advanced illness".

Services to be offered include curative, maternal and child health and dental care. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of July 2014. The National Health Fund is providing grant funding for the project.

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