Jamaica Ministry of Health Signs US$14-Million Contract To Establish Two Cancer Centres

It was earlier reported that there were plans to have a cancer treatment centre at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, within the next 18 months. A report made by the Jamaica Observer also shared that the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson said that the ministry is also looking to acquire two radiation machines called Linear Accelerators. Dr. Ferguson confirmed that the approval of the contract for this equipment, through a project  in partnership with the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE), was granted, while making his presentation in the Sectoral Debate that recently occurred.

 

“In our efforts to reduce premature deaths from Non Communicable Diseases by 25 per cent by 2025, the ministry is designing and developing a cancer care system of excellence to be located at the St Joseph’s Hospital, where one of two linear accelerators will be posted,” Ferguson said. “…It will see costs for a full course of radiation treatment moving from J$1.8 million in the private sector without Government support, to zero for the most vulnerable.”

The linear accelerator machines, also known as linacs, are expected to meliorate treatment for cancer patients in the public health sector,you can read more information about health on Health Blog. Special equipments, such as the linacs, which supplies high-energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells, are required for modern radiation therapy.Learn more about Beachway Therapy

The funding of the project is supported by a partnership between the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, as well as contributions from the private sector.

 

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