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Jamaica Health Minister satisfied with progress of Cornwall Regional Hospital Rehabilitation

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MONTEGO BAY, Jan 11, 2020 (JIS): Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says he is satisfied with the progress of work to rehabilitate the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St. James.

The works include renovation of the roof, which was done at cost of approximately $100 million, and the installation of new ventilation systems which has been completed, as well as gutting on and the removal of debris from several floors, now underway. 

Dr. Tufton, who visited the Type ‘A’ facility on Friday (January 10), told journalists that “we are also doing the work on the grounds for the new [children’s] hospital”.


Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, touring the recently rehabilitated roof of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, on Friday (January 10). Photos by Rochelle Clayton

“So it’s a very active site, as you can see, [and] I am convinced that when this is all over, it is going to be a model facility for all of Jamaica and, indeed, for the Caribbean and beyond,” he added.

The Minister also met with consultants, unit heads and staff of the hospital to get an update on the extent of healthcare service delivery being provided amidst the project’s execution, as well as related challenges being experienced and concerns arising.

Based on their feedback and his observations, Dr. Tufton, lauded the staff for displaying the level of professionalism resulting in high quality client service delivery being maintained.

  He urges residents of western Jamaica who use the institution to continue to exercise patience, and to utilize the alternative arrangements that have been made to delivery services.

Dr. Tufton said the institution is always open to provide the best healthcare possible and assured that “this is going to be a much better facility when it is over” as “[there will be] more beds, more specialization, [and] more technical services”.

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While acknowledging that “it is going to take a while” for the project to be completed, he, nonetheless said “we are making progress” and encourages the public to “give us some time”, in this regard.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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