Tufton shares pictures of new children cardiac facility construction

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— Minster of Health, Christopher Tufton, shared pictures via Twitter of the ongoing construction of the new cardiac facility at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) today.

“Checked in on the cardiac unit at Bustamante... here are some updates! Excited to have this opened,” said the post from the minister's Twitter page.

The US$10 million Children Heart Centre is expected to vastly improve cardiac surgeries for children.
According to the Jamaica Information Service, the new centre will facilitate at least 150 cardiac surgeries.

The cardiac facility, which is a collaborative effort among the South East Regional Health Authority and several public and private stakeholders, is expected to be completed this year.

It will cater to children between the ages of zero to 12 years who have heart ailments and are in need of specialist cardiac care.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by the entities for the establishment of the centre during a ceremony at the hospital's location in St Andrew in June.
Approximately 300 children are on a waiting list for cardiac surgery at the BHC.

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