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June 30, 2014
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Ambulances assigned to Primary Care Centres of Excellence

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson announced that ambulances have been ordered to be placed at each of the four Primary Care Centres of Excellence across the health regions.

Speaking at Friday's official opening of the Claremont Primary Care Centre of Excellence, Dr Ferguson said each facility will have its own ambulance as part of plans to provide increased and improved services at the primary level, particularly for rural communities.

"An important part of this is the concept of rural development. We lose much of our young people when we do not have the institutions such as those required for health care available. When we make them available, we stem the rural-urban drift. We are using health as part of the platform for rural development. This is the fourth Centre of Excellence we are opening," he said.

He says the Centres already provide dental service, and will have electronic patient records, as well as first class pharmacies.

The Claremont Centre was renovated at a cost of $40,605,975.29 with funding through the National Health Fund. The scope of the works included alterations of sections of the existing building, construction of a new waiting area, pavement of the driveway and parking area, new perimeter fencing and roofing.

We are putting in place direct strategies designed to create a first-world health care delivery system, Dr. Ferguson said, adding that the investments in health will see Jamaica one day becoming the health hub of the Caribbean and a major player in the region.

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