Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer says Jamaica and Spain have enjoyed a rewarding relationship over the years and he hopes this will continue for a long time to come. The Minister was speaking during a Courtesy Call this morning intended to officially meet the new Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuňo as well as to have preliminary discussion on the state of relations between Jamaica and Spain and measures that could be taken to further advance bilateral programmes and activities.
“Jamaica enjoys a special relationship with Spain and that relationship was strengthened a few years ago with the advent of the King of Spain Wing at the Spanish Town Hospital. It is a very beautiful facility that is serving our people well. We will further strengthen our relationship with the Queen Sofia of Spain Women’s Centre that is now under construction also at the Spanish Town Hospital. We expect that this facility will enhance the health agenda for women in Jamaica,” Minister Spencer said.
The Spanish Ambassador said she is “happy that her government was able to continue to strengthen ties and foster a positive relationship with Jamaica.”
The King of Spain Wing was constructed at a cost of J$35 million. The facility was officially opened in February 2009. The Queen Sofia of Spain Women’s Centre is expected to be completed in January 2011 and is being funded to the tune of €300,000 (Euros) through the joint CARICOM/Spanish Cooperation Fund.
In June 2009, the Spanish government donated Colposcopes, used to detect precancerous legions in a bid to prevent cervical cancer. It has also provided technical assistance in the area of Primary Health Care.
Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer and Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuňo admire the view from the Minister's office at the MOH in Down Town Kingston during a Courtesy Call on Minister Spencer this morning. The parties discussed present areas of agreement between the two countries as well as ways in which cooperation in health could be strengthened.
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