Written by on January 10, 2017

China has agreed to help Jamaica build a new children’s hospital in MoBay.

Yesterday the Governments of Jamaica and China signed an agreement and plans are already in the works to construct the Western Children’s Hospital in Montego Bay, St James.

The 220 bed facility – which will be located adjacent to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, will provide specialized care for children under 12-years-old and increased access to pediatric treatment and care for families within the nearby communities.

The hospital project will also provide jobs for Jamaicans from construction through opening, as healthcare professionals and support personnel will be employed following completion.

Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, said the new hospital will enable Jamaica to meet the targets set by the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, as they relate to the health status of the nation’s children, as well as enhance the nation’s tourism product.

Mobay’s Western Children’s Hospital was first tabled by opposition leader and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller in 2007. It will be the first new hospital to be built in Jamaica since the May Pen Hospital was built in the 1970s.

This year, Jamaica and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.

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