Cuthbert Flynn commits to improving maternal health care

Latest News

Cuthbert Flynn commits to improving maternal health care

Friday, September 25, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica — State minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, says the Government is committed to advancing maternal and child health care in Jamaica.

During a tour of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) in Kingston today, the newly appointed state minister said this continues to be an area of focus for the ministry, as it seeks to reduce the mortality rate among this demographic.

“The focus is on maternal health in general – prenatal and postnatal health. You cannot look at just one area of maternal health. All of that will be looked at in terms of improvements that can be made, and then we go from there,” she said.

Cuthbert Flynn said that the access to quality healthcare is an important factor in preventing deaths among new mothers and infants. She said that the Government will continue to improve the public sector's maternal and neonatal health care.

“Access to care is very important. Our maternal and infant mortality rate is high. This is one of the areas that I have a special interest in… I am excited to be a voice for our mothers and women to ensure they get the best care possible,” she added.

For his part, Acting Senior Medical Officer, VJH, Dr Garth McDonald, said the majority of maternal mortalities are from the postnatal population.

“After the woman has delivered, that is the time that they run into problems. If we improve on that level of care, we should have a reduction in maternal mortality. When we lose one Jamaican woman, the entire family is greatly affected; therefore, the VJH is pivotal to national development in this regard,” he noted.

Regional Director, South East Regional Health Authority, Maureen Golding, said discussions are under way for the modernisation of the hospital's labour ward.

The VJH is the largest referral maternity hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean, providing a range of maternity services; gynaecological services; oncology care and family planning clinics.

Approximately 600 deliveries are performed at the hospital each month.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT