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Children's hospital to be built on grounds of Cornwall Regional

Tuesday, July 24, 2012    

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HEALTH Minister Fenton Ferguson says plans have has already started to construct a hospital in St James that would cater to the health needs of children and adolescents.

The hospital is to be constructed on the grounds of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, a health ministry release quoted Minister Ferguson.

He said the commitment for the hospital was made by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who he said had envisioned a state- of-the art child and adolescent hospital in western Jamaica.

"I am happy to report that within six months of taking office, we have completed the epidemiological studies and the results justify the establishment of this facility. We have identified the land and finalised the preliminary design and the costing for this project," said the minister.

The minister, according to the release, has indicated that the institution will become a national centre of excellence and an example of best practice for public-private partnerships.

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