The Ministry of Health says the first batch of nurses from across the USA arrived in the island on Wednesday and Thursday to participate in the Code Care Project.

The six nurses are assigned to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover, and are set to complete 15-20 surgeries over the
next seven days.

Surgeries for Hernias and transurethral resection of prostate are among the procedures set to be completed with the support of the nurses.

So far, over 100 surgeries have been completed under Project CODE CARE, which is geared at reducing the backlog of elective surgeries by 2,000 over a 12-month period and to reduce the wait time for these surgeries to less than 180
days.

This is to be achieved through public-private partnerships; procurement of surgical equipment; nursing missions; project management and rehabilitation of operating theatres at some public hospitals.

Presently, eight private and public health facilities have partnered with the Ministry to achieve the deliverables under Project Code Care to the people of Jamaica.

They are Andrews Memorial Hospital, The Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Medical Associates Hospital, The University Hospital of the West Indies, and Winchester Surgical and Medical Institute.

They join GWest Medical & Surgery Centre, Hospiten, and the Montego Bay Hospital & Urology Cent