MONTEGO BAY – Ground was, on Friday (March 22), broken to commence construction of a 47-bed female ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, St. Ann, which forms part of improvement works being carried out at a cost of $83 million. CONTACT: BRYAN MILLER “The government continues to take its role of ensuring a patient-centered approach to health care delivery seriously. Our obligation to provide world class health services to the people of Jamaica will never be taken lightly,” he assured. Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said the agency has partnered with the Ministry to provide some $5 billion in funding support to sector, since its (NHF) inception 10 years ago. Speaking at a function for both projects at the hospital, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, underscored the importance of consistently improving the quality of medical care, particularly services delivered at public health institutions. This, if Jamaica is to fulfill its development goals. The NHF also provided approximately $10 million for the acquisition of an air conditioning system which has been installed in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. The system, which was commissioned into service on Friday, replaces two units which deteriorated, over time The facility, which will have two on-call rooms for doctors, a conference room, and a staff room, among other features, is slated for completion within eight months. “The projects…highlighted today…are good examples of how the NHF has collaborated with the Ministry and the Regional Health Authorities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care in the island,” he stated. The project is being undertaken at a cost of $73 million with funds provided by the National Health Fund (NHF).