Almost $9 billion is to be injected into the Public Health sector, to upgrade three hospitals and 10 Health centers across the island, over the next 12 months.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, made the announcement yesterday as he launched the program to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB and the European Union, EU.

He says it’s the single largest investment in the Public Health sector in three decades.

Stevian Simmonds reports

Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, says a national assessment has revealed that more than 70-per cent of hospital equipment and infrastructure in the country’s public health system are outdated.

He says the Spanish Town, May Pen, and St Ann’s Bay Hospitals and Health Centres in Old Harbour, Chapelton, and Greater Portmore are among those to be upgraded.

The IDB is providing 50-million US dollars and the European Union, 10-million Euro.

That’s a total of just under 9-billion Jamaican dollars.

The Health and Wellness Minister says it’s important to identify the weaknesses in the public health system and find ways to strengthen them.