The Spanish Town Hospital (STH) received an ultrasound machine from the Embassy of Japan. The funding for the machine was provided through the Japanese Embassy Grass Roots and Human Security project. The machine is valued at at USD 81, 000 or J$9.4 Million. The machine will improve the hospital's ability to screen more patients thereby reducing the waiting for this service. Ninety (90) patients benefit from this equipment daily.
The handover ceremony of the equipment took place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 on the hospital compound. The ceremony is the official fulfillment of the commitment by the Japanese Embassy from the signing ceremony held in January 2018.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony at the hospital on May, 2019, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minster of Health and Wellness, said that partnership is a key component to public health. He also expressed thanks to the people of Japan for the much needed equipment to the STH that will continue to benefit the citizens in and around Spanish Town, St. Catherine.