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Mile Gully Health Centre refurbished

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Mandeville , Manchester — The Mile Gully Health Centre has been refurbished at a cost of $US40, 000, according to a news release from the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).

The release said the health centre, which serves 20,000 people, was refurbished by bauxite/alumina company Jamalco and its Noble Foundation and charity organisation, the United Way of Jamaica.

The work is said to have included painting of the health centre building and staff quarters; replacement of windows; installation of four air conditioning units; procurement of appliances and equipment including a gas stove, television set, and photocopying machine; procurement of dental equipment; construction of a covering for an outside waiting area which now accommodates over 50 persons; tiling work; construction of a wall adjacent to the pharmacy waiting area; provision of benches for the pharmacy waiting area; procurement of stationeries and blinds; and the construction of a garbage skip.

In addition to the donation by Jamalco, Member of Parliament for Manchester North Western, Mikael Phillips donated a 650- gallon water tank. The MP was also credited for asphalting the walkway to the health centre ,while the Manchester Health Department constructed a gate at the entrance.

According to Jamalco's Human Resources Manager Christopher Buckmaster, the company will also donate later in June, two greenhouses to the Mile Gully community, in an effort to teach the farmers greenhouse technology.

Guest speaker and chairman of the SRHA, Wayne Chen lauded Jamalco, noting that the company has continued its tradition of being indispensable to the communities in which it operates.

Chen said that despite the challenges of the country's health system, the sector, including the primary health care system, has been performing robustly and beyond its available resources.

“When we look regionally, there are 15 countries in Caricom, and Jamaica ranks near the top in life expectancy. Yet still, of the 15 we are near the bottom in terms of our expenditure per capita. What makes up the gap and what gives us the edge over even a rich country like Trinidad and Tobago, where our life expectancy is significantly higher, is the vigour of our primary health care system as typified by what we are witnessing today,” Chen said.

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