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CHASE donates two laparoscopic towers to Mandeville and May Pen hospitals

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Winston 'Billy' Haven

Patients at both the May Pen and Mandeville Regional Hospitals will now benefit from the procurement of two laparoscopic towers and instruments from the CHASE (Culture, Health Art, Sports Education) Fund.

The towers, which cost $25.3 million, (one for each hospital), are all-in-one-units which provide visualisation and documentation of endoscopy procedures.

Speaking at the official handover ceremony on Tuesday in the conference room of the May Pen Hospital, William 'Billy' Haven said Jamaica has the capacity to become a leader in health tourism, but can only achieve that goal by using modern, cutting-edge technology.

"This project is essentially leading in that direction with the use of technology in the practise of modern medicine and the outputs and the outcome of this project are well established," he said, informing that with the laparoscopic towers, both hospitals will now be able to increase service delivery and customer care, allowing for quicker recovery time from surgical procedures. The towers will also help to reduce the long wait for surgeries to be done.

Haven also used the occasion to offer hope to patients who are dependent on dialysis machines.

He said the CHASE Fund is now embarking on a programme as a national response to chronic kidney disease.

"We have already initiated the implementation of that programme by approving funds to replace obsolete dialysis machines at the University Hospital of the West Indies and also the Spanish Hospital," he said.

Haven also said that the CHASE Fund is also looking to build a centre that will be equipped with 30 dialysis machines.