Monday 22 July, 2019

NHF donates $40m for interventional suite at UHWI

Christopher Tufton (2nd left) Minister of Health and Wellness cuts the ribbon to officially open the interventional suite at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).  Joining him are (from left), Fayval Williams, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology; Everton Anderson, CEO, National Health Fund (NHF); Dr Carl Bruce, Medical Chief of Staff, UHWI; William “Billy” Heaven, CEO, Chase Fund; Professor Archibald McDonald, UWI and Kevin Allen, CEO UHWI.

Christopher Tufton (2nd left) Minister of Health and Wellness cuts the ribbon to officially open the interventional suite at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). Joining him are (from left), Fayval Williams, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology; Everton Anderson, CEO, National Health Fund (NHF); Dr Carl Bruce, Medical Chief of Staff, UHWI; William “Billy” Heaven, CEO, Chase Fund; Professor Archibald McDonald, UWI and Kevin Allen, CEO UHWI.

The National Health Fund (NHF) has contributed $40 million to the development of an interventional suite at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston. 

 It comprises of a state of the art equipment to provide treatment for heart diseases, as well as interventional radiology procedures. As a result, this will enable the hospital to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.

Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson said the agency was pleased to partner with the CHASE Fund in its development.

“We are also very pleased to be a part of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ infrastructure to make public health care better. Currently, there are over 800,000 Jamaicans enrolled on the NHF Card Programme, with 146,000 persons affected by vascular illnesses and as such, this is a most relevant project,” said Anderson.

He was speaking during the official opening ceremony of the interventional suite at the hospital on Thursday.

According to Anderson, the facility has boosted the University’s capacity to efficiently diagnose and treat patients who suffer from various heart conditions, such as coronary artery diseases, heart valve diseases among others.

Since 2004, the NHF has funded approximately 740 health projects across the island totaling $18 billion.

“We are willing and able to support projects that add value, as well as commit to partnerships that improve the sector and this one has led to a good outcome,” he continued.

The multi-disciplinary suite will serve an estimated 1000 patients per year, across all socioeconomic groups in Jamaica.

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