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Educator Michael Stewart is new SRHA chairman

Friday, March 07, 2014    

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PRINCIPAL of the Manchester-based Porus High School, Michael Stewart, is the new chairman for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).

Making the announcement recently, Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson said the former Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) president will be a tremendous asset to the health system, given his many years in the field of education.

The minister noted that much of the health promotion programmes being spearheaded by the ministry, impact schools, and that Stewart was best suited for the position.

"[In] taking over the reign of the authority, I am sure that his connections with the education sector will not be lost in his efforts as chairman of the region; everything we have to do now we have to start with our schools, whether it is the obesity problems, or the sexual problems, whatever it is, so, we want to see that link with our schools," Ferguson said.

The SRHA manages five hospitals and 74 health centres in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth.

Meanwhile, the new chairman said while the work in the area was significant, he was confident that the various stakeholders and the professionals in the system would give their best for the improvement of health care delivery for the public.

"I know that the competent professional persons, the doctors and the nurses, and the health care providers are fully on board, and are willing to give support to improve the quality of health care in the Region, and I am prepared to work with them to ensure that the quality is maintained," Stewart said.

— JIS

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