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Bustamante hospital to get fluoroscopy machine

Device to help detect, control kidney disease in children

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

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PAEDIATRIC kidney patients in Jamaica and across the region will benefit from increased diagnostic treatment options at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) with the proposed purchase of a fluoroscopy machine valued at $54.7 million.

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson has disclosed that the National Health Fund (NHF) has secured funds to procure the state-of-art equipment, which is key to the early detection of kidney disease.

Additionally, the LIME Foundation has handed over a cheque valued at $3 million to purchase accessories to improve the functionality of the machine as well as provide technical support.

The 283-bed health facility will become the only public health institution in the Caribbean to have this vital equipment.

Speaking at a special ceremony at the BHC on Tuesday, Dr Ferguson said the fluoroscopy machine is a critical part of the diagnostic tools necessary for any modern health-care facility.

He noted that the equipment will not only enable early detection of kidney disease and other illnesses, but will also enable doctors to share files and images with other specialists anywhere in the world.

The health minister said that the treatment of kidney disease is of great concern to the Ministry of Health. He noted that among the plans is the development of a national policy as it relates to kidney transplant as well as the establishment of a National Paediatric Renal Working Group that has begun to chart a road map to tackle chronic kidney disease.

Chairman of the LIME Foundation, Errol Miller, said the foundation was very happy to be contributing to the purchase and equipping of such a vital tool for the hospital.

He informed that the funds were raised during the inaugural 6k 'Run for the Kids' charity road race, which was held in Portmore, St Catherine, in January.

"We have $3 million that was raised from the race and what it will do is pay for the enhancements to the machine, which will make it even more effective and more valuable to the hospital," he stated.

In expressing gratitude to both the government and the LIME Foundation, Acting Board Chairman of BHC, Dr Andri Cooke, said the machine will go a far way in helping to diagnose and control kidney disease in children across Jamaica and the Caribbean.

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