Bustamante cardiac wing nears completion
MINISTER of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson has said that work on the multimillion-dollar cardiac wing at the Bustamante Hospital for Children is on track for a mid-February completion date.
The minister, who toured the facility, which is currently under construction, last Friday said that the state-of-the-art facility will be the first of its kind in the region.
"We are proud that Jamaica will be leading the way in giving the highest level of care that skills and equipment can provide," he stated.
The 30,000-square foot facility will be the only paediatric cardiac centre in Latin America and the Caribbean and will be able to accommodate 10 beds. The new wing has been made possible through a public-private partnership involving the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, National Health Fund, Digicel Jamaica Ltd, Sagicor Investments Ltd, and other private sector and non-government interests including Shaggy's Make a Difference Foundation.
It will be equipped with state-of-the-art operating theatres as well as offices, nurses' stations and a doctors' rest station.
Upon completion of construction, the hospital is expected to expand its programme of accepting patients from overseas.
It will also continue to benefit from training and expertise from Chain of Hope United Kingdom, where local doctors will benefit from the impartation of knowledge by the highly skilled Chain of Hope team.
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the project last February, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had said that "our children constitute a special segment of the population. They deserve the best care and treatment as the health of our people represents the wealth of our nation".
Each year, up to 500 children are born with congenital heart disease, with about half of them requiring cardiac surgery.