Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson this morning toured the Glen Vincent Health Centre which is one of several opened this weekend to facilitate persons affected by the smog, smoke and other emissions from the fire at the Riverton City Disposal Site. The Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Board of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr. Andrei Cooke and Regional Director, Maureen Golding.
There was an increase in patient visits at several facilities this week with persons complaining of respiratory illness. Dr. Ferguson therefore instructed that some Health Centres in the South East Regional Health Authority be opened this weekend. However, based on the turnout today and the fact that the facilities are able to cope with the current patient visits, only two Health Centres will be opened tomorrow. They are the St. Jago Park Health Centre in St. Catherine and the Glen Vincent Health Centre in St. Andrew.
“There were a few persons seeking care at the facility this morning but it was not overwhelmed. The Glen Vincent Health Centre is one of those which will alleviate the pressure on the Bustamante Hospital for Children in particular in this time when it seems more persons than usual are seeking care for respiratory related conditions,” Dr. Ferguson said.
The Ministry of Health National Emergency Operations Centre remains open to direct and coordinate activities.
Stephanie Shaw Smith
Manager, Public Relations & Communication
Ministry of Health