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The National Health Fund is providing a grant of over $48 million for the construction of the Edna Manley Health Centre, which is a part of the new Grants Pen Community Complex in St. Andrew. According Mrs. Becky Stockhausen, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), the NGO spearheading the project, the support from the NHF has been prompt and professional, enabling speedy progress in the start up and construction of the Health Centre and the overall Complex. She says ?The success of the project in such as short time can be attributed in a major way to the support of the NHF.? Other facilities that are being built at the complex are a police station, day care centre and a bill payment facility.

Mr. Rae Barrett, CEO of the NHF says an initial commitment of $48 million was made by the NHF to facilitate the rebuilding of the Edna Manley Health Centre, and to date NHF has paid out $37.4 million of the initial sum obligated.

The old building housing the Edna Manley Health Centre which was located on the site of the Complex was demolished to make way for the construction of the new complex, and the NHF also provided funds to facilitate the temporary relocation of the health centre to 2a Grants Pen Road.

Approximately $4.5 m was spent to modify the temporary site to a suitable standard to operate a medical facility, including installation of sanitary appliances, electrical works, partitions and plumbing.

Staff of the Edna Manley Health Centre say they are able to manage at the temporary location and are hoping to enjoy the new facility soon. The new health centre will be significantly larger than the old one which was approximately 4,500 square feet. The new facility will be over 14,000 square feet of space spread over a two storey building. The new facility will offer additional services such as a skin clinic, expanded adolescent services, counseling, expanded family planning services and dental services and an upgraded pharmacy that will accept the NHF health card.

A high volume of patients are seen at the centre with approximately 43,000 active patient files. Areas that the clinic serves include Grants Pen, Barbican, Shortwood, Drumblair, Waterloo Road, Constant Spring Gardens, Cassava Piece, Constant Spring, Mannings Hill, Oliver Road and Jacks Hill.

This development of the Grants Pen Complex is being spearheaded by The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) under its ?Heal Jamaica Anti-Crime Initiative,? in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development, The Police Executive Research Forum, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Southern Regional Health Authority.

The grant from the NHF was approved under its Institutional Benefits Programme, Health Support Fund which provides funding for public sector infrastructure and development projects that support the national healthcare policy. Since its introduction the NHF has approved eleven (11) projects towards the construction and repair of health facilities, amounting to $328 million.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer NHF, Tel: 906-1106,

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