J$80 Million Worth of Equipment Handed Over to the Mandeville Regional Hospital Under PROMAC

Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton (centre) accepts equipment for the Mandeville Regional Hospital from Charge d'Affaires of the European Union, Jose Luis Martinez Prada (3rd left). The equipment, valued at €580,000 or J$80M, is intended for the neonatal High Dependency Unit which is to be established at the hospital as part of the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC). Sharing the moment are (left-right) CEO of the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Alwyn Miller, France's Ambassador to Jamaica, Jean-Michel Despax, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Colin Bullock, Chairman of the Board of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Wayne Chen and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kevin Harvey.

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  • Equipment valued at €580,000 or approximately J$80 million was on Friday (June 24, 2016) handed over to the Mandeville Regional Hospital as part of activities under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC).

  • Speaking at the handing over, Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton said the equipment will facilitate highly specialized radiographic technology, critical care ventilation and specialized patient monitoring.

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Equipment valued at €580,000 or approximately J$80 million was on Friday (June 24, 2016) handed over to the Mandeville Regional Hospital as part of activities under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC). The equipment is for the development of the neonatal High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the hospital.

As part of the component on newborn care and emergency obstetric care under PROMAC, eleven HDUs are to be established – five (5) Maternal and six (6) neonatal – in six (6) referral hospitals in Jamaica. They are Mandeville Regional, Victoria Jubilee, Cornwall Regional, Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay Hospitals as well as the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Three categories of equipment consisting of thirty (30) different types with a quantity of eighty-one (81) units were handed over to Mandeville Regional Hospital.

The equipment was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health through the Mandeville Regional Hospital by Charge d’Affaires of the European Union, Jose Luis Martinez Prada who was in attendance at the function. PROMAC is funded by the European Union to the tune of €22M.

Speaking at the handing over, Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton said the equipment will facilitate highly specialized radiographic technology, critical care ventilation and specialized patient monitoring.

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“The establishment of the HDUs and the provision of supporting specialized equipment represents planned expenditure of approximately €12.9M or about 60 percent of the entire PROMAC €22M budget.  In financial terms this represents the largest category under this project. High dependency units provide an intermediate level of care between that which is available on a general ward and that in an intensive care unit. Detailed monitoring and intervention is provided to patients with or at risk of developing major organ system failure.”

Following the successful conclusion of an International Open Tender, in December 2015, the Planning Institute of Jamaica awarded three (3) supply contracts to an international firm – CEDI Europe based in the Netherlands – to provide this equipment to the Ministry of Health for utilization at the hospital.

The specific objectives of PROMAC include reducing the incidence of neonatal and maternal deaths, improving the quality of management of high risk pregnancies at both tertiary and primary care levels and enhancing public awareness and understanding of health care processes and patients’ rights.

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