JAM | May 24, 2023

Health ministry targets additional 1,000 surgeries under Code Care

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Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton (centre) poses alongside healthcare workers (Photo: Twitter @christufton)

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is to complete an additional 1,000 elective surgeries under Project Code Care this year.

With 50 per cent of the surgery target for the project met in 2022/23, the Ministry is moving to complete the other 50 per cent this year, thereby helping to further reduce the island’s surgical backlog, as well as wait times for the surgeries.

“This initiative, aimed at clearing up the backlog of elective surgeries partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen over 950 surgeries taking place through public-private partnerships involving eight private hospitals; short-term visiting medical missions primarily comprising operating theatre nurses from the diaspora; and special overtime sessions by our local surgery health teams,” explained portfolio minister Dr Tufton.

“Despite some doubts expressed that this process could not work, we have demonstrated that through creative thinking and determination, we can join forces under the collaborative health theme to provide relief to hundreds of Jamaicans, who were suffering in silence or aloud for years waiting on badly needed surgeries,” the minister added.

The Code Care project also aims to procure equipment and supplies, as well as the repair of vital infrastructure.

Under the project, the Ministry is set to repair 15 operating theatres. The Ministry is currently looking to procure a contractor to complete the repairs. The Government is expected to spend J$750 million for the repairs.

Health care practitioners working on the Code Care project.

“We must reduce the backlog and show compassion and respond to those Jamaicans waiting in pain,” the Minister insisted.

Persons who have been waiting for more than 12 months for hernia, prostate, fibroids or other womb-related surgeries are asked to contact the Ministry of Health. The contact numbers are 876-320-8694, 876-320-9133, 876-320-9164, and 876-320-9373. Calls are to be made between 9am and 5pm, Mondays to Fridays. Members of the public can also e-mail [email protected]

Persons will be required to provide their name, medical record number, the type of surgery and the health facility where they had their appointment. The last day to contact the Ministry is Wednesday, May 31, 2023.


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