Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (right), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Drug Serve Pharmacy at the Kitson Town Health Centre in St. Catherine. Others pictured (from left) are Parish Manager, St. Catherine Health Services, Beverly Needham; Chief Executive Officer, National Health Fund (NHF), Everton Anderson, and Public Health Nurse at the facility, Christeen Smart-Guy.
The residents of Kitson Town are set benefit from improved pharmacy services with the opening of a Drug Serv Pharmacy at that facility. The original pharmacy was closed in 2012 due challenges with the recruitment of a pharmacist.
Minister of Health, Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton speaking during the opening of the pharmacy on November 23, 2016 urged the residents to take care of the facility so that it can serve the health needs of the communities. He said the ministry is on a drive to improve healthcare services, which is best achieved through bringing efficient service to the people.
“This facility represents the start of a process that we hope to continue throughout the country,” he said.
Currently, doctors visit the centre three days per week. With the opening of the pharmacy, there will be a full-time pharmacist, a pharmacy technician and a curative nurse.
Additionally, the Dr. Tufton announced that the Kitson Town Health Centre, which caters to some 5,000 people annually, will be expanded early next year to offer dental, optical, screening and other services. The expansion is projected to cost some $40 million.