Jamaica’s health infrastructure overhaul makes progress

Jamaica’s healthcare infrastructure will be assessed over the next six months to ascertain improvements needed. The Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the assessment will determine what the needs are in terms of specialist care, additional beds and operating theatres, among other things. These improvements will benefit many facilities that will receive overhaul and maintenance; the budget currently has over $700 million for maintenance issues. This is part of a larger scheme to upgrade Jamaica’s health infrastructure, including construction of a new children’s hospital in Montego Bay, renovation of general and maternity wards, and potential for an upgrade to the operating theatre.