first_imgRelatedJeffrey Town gets new Health Centre Advertisements RelatedJeffrey Town gets new Health Centre Jeffrey Town gets new Health Centre Health & WellnessApril 20, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The new Jeffery Town Health Centre, in St. Mary, was officially opened on Friday, April 16, by Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer.The Type 1 facility was built through a partnership between the Digicel Foundation and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, at a cost of $10.9 million.In his address, the Minister said the opening of the centre was an important step in efforts to improve the quality of health care for all Jamaicans.Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, giving the main address at the official handing over ceremony for Jeffrey Town Type 1 Health Centre, in St. Mary, on Friday, April 16.He explained that the Ministry is focused on changing the health seeking behaviour of Jamaicans, who prefer to access health care in a hospital, rather than at the primary health care facility.Noting that resources to the primary health care sector are being systematically deployed in order to broaden access to health care and also reduce the cost of health care to Jamaicans, he said the farther people have to travel to access care is the more expensive the non-health costs could be.He said that data collected by the Ministry of Health showed that visits to health centres have reached over three million since the abolition of user fees in April, 2008, and that persons accessing the service at this level have saved more than $1 billion.Mr. Spencer said that the no user fee policy must be seen as more than just a health or social policy, adding that is also important to the broader development agenda of the country.Major General Robert Neish, Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, addresses the official handing over cremony for the new Jeffrey Town Type 1 Health Centre, in St. Mary, on Friday, April 16.He noted that the government has increased the money spent on drugs by 100 per cent since the abolition of user fees, moving from $1.2 billion to $2.4 billion to satisfy the 44 per cent increase in visits to public pharmacies.The Minister emphasised the Government commitment to ensuring the provision of the highest quality health care for Jamaicans, citing the introduction of flexible opening hours at a number of major health centres; the training of health nurse assistants to be engaged in health care institutions; and the training of dialysis technicians as some of the initiatives being implemented to realize this objective.Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, Major General Robert Neish, reiterated the organisation’s commitment to assist communities in becoming more self reliant.Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Mr. Billy Heaven, addressing the official handing over ceremony for the new Jeffrey Town Type 1 Health Centre, in St. Mary, on Friday, April 16.He disclosed that the Foundation plans to establish at least one developmental project in every parish, as part of its effort to empower communities.Mr. Neish said the Foundation is pleased to have been able to partner with the CHASE Fund to build the health centre, because of the urgent need for such an amenity in the community.The new facility is equipped with a waiting area, an office, a record-keeping area, two examination rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a storeroom and a wash area.It will provide ante-natal, curative, post-natal, child and adult nutrition services, chronic disease management and control, family planning, HIV/AIDS management, cancer screening, early detection and referral of health problems, and immunisation service. RelatedJeffrey Town gets new Health Centrelast_img read more

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ENDS IN Not relevant Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Shop Now × By Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – The Muskegon Lumberjacks are a talented but young team this year, and young teams tend to be inconsistent.The Jacks started the season with a four-game losing streak, followed by a seven-game winning streak, followed by an a painful 2-11-2 record between Nov. 2 and Dec. 27, followed by a promising 3-0-1 record between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.Can fans count on the Lumberjacks taking a step toward consistency as the season enters the second half?There’s no way to tell, of course, but one hint may have come last week, when Muskegon suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss in Green Bay on Thursday, after winning three of their previous four games.But they rebounded with a 2-1 come-from-behind overtime win in Madison on Friday, then completed the sweep over the Capitols with a 7-2 victory on Saturday.Suddenly a loss did not lead to two or three losses. The Jacks shook off their quiet performance on Thursday and quickly got back to their winning ways.“I sure hope so,” said Lumberjacks Coach Mike Hamilton, when asked if more consistent winning is on the way. “I think you have to learn from every loss, and our guys continually do that.“Green Bay was one of those games. I felt it the next day  Everyone was disappointed with themselves. I felt good going into Madison, because I think we’ve developed that ‘hate to lose’ attitude. That was something that was lacking earlier in the season.”The team’s positive trend has made a real difference in the standings. Before the holiday break, the Lumberjacks with 9-13-2 and in sixth place in the seven-team USHL Eastern Conference. Now they are 14-15-3 and tied with Youngstown for fourth place with 31 points.They will try to stay hot in a pair of home games against Cedar Rapids on Friday and Saturday, with both games slated for 7:15 p.m. at Mercy Health Arena in Muskegon.The Jacks have not had a home game since New Year’s Eve. They have been on the road for the past five games, when they posted an impressive 3-1-1 record.Better defense equals more goalsPart of the Lumberjacks’ resurgence can be traced to the fact that their lineup has been largely intact again. They had to play several weeks before the holiday break without the services of high-scoring forwards Rhett Pitlick and Danil Gushchin, who were competing in an international tournament in Canada.Alex GaffneyBoth have been very productive since their return, with Pitlick producing four goals and Gushchin adding three. And they haven’t been alone.Several other Lumberjack forwards have also been picking up their scoring pace, including AJ Hodges and Cam Berg (four goals apiece since the holiday break) and Christophe Fillion and Alex Gaffney (three goals apiece).Gaffney, a second-year Lumberjack, turned in a three-goal hat trick in an 8-4 win in Cedar Rapids on Jan. 4. Berg scored twice in the same game. Fillion had two goals in Muskegon’s New Year’s Eve victory over Youngstown, Tanner Edwards had two in a Dec. 28 win over Madison, and Gushchin had two in Saturday’s win in Madison.Hamilton says the surging offense has a lot do with an improving defense.“Everyone always wants to talk about who’s putting up the points, but it really is the growth of the defensemen,” the coach said. “They are starting to clear the zone and make some sharp passes, so we’re not getting stuck in our own zone for three minutes at a time.”Changing goalie situationThe Lumberjacks’ goaltending situation quietly shifted over the past few weeks, and now they are again down to just two netminders on the active roster.Lumberjacks goalie Jack WilliamsThe Jacks recently sold the rights to Noah Giesbrecht to a team in a lower Canadian junior development league, according to Hamilton. Giesbrecht, who was getting the majority of the starts during the first part of the season, posted a  5-8-1 record with a 3.65 goals against average in 15 games.Geisbrecht was a victim of circumstances. The first issue is that he’s a Canadian citizen, and USHL teams are only allowed to carry up to five non-Americans on their roster. Further complicating matters is that one goalie counts as two non-Americans, while skaters only take up one spot.By parting with Giesbrecht, the Lumberjacks created an extra space for a non-American on their roster, if they want to pick one up later in the season.Giesbrecht became more expendable when the Lumberjacks recently acquired Eric Green on loan from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Green had been sitting on the bench, and his college hockey coaches wanted him to get some playing time before returning to school next fall.In the meantime, the Lumberjacks have been happy with the play of Jack Williams, who served alongside Giesbrecht for the first part of the season. He started the last two games, the 2-1 and 7-2 victories in Madison last weekend, and will likely get the start against Cedar Rapids in Friday, according to Hamilton.Williams has a 7-4-2 reord with a 3.08 GAA in 15 games.“We’re trying to go with whoever has the hot hand,” Hamilton said, when asked who the designated number one goalie will be. “I don’t think it will be necessarily one guy.” Report a problem This item is… Share Share Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $59.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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