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Posted by SR (riley) on Feb 28 2017 at 1:51 AM
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The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) will soon have its own pathology laboratory.
 The laboratory, which is the brainchild of the Lions Club of Mandeville, was launched at Caledonia Road in Mandeville on February 3 and will be constructed on the property that adjoins the Mandeville Regional Hospital, which was previously occupied by the now defunct Public Works Department.

When completed, the facility will serve Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth and eliminate the need for the region’s lab tests to be processed in a borrowed space at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.  It is expected to cost just over $37 million. 
 In his overview of the project, Lions Club member, Mr. Hopeton Falconer, said the project was conceptualised after the organisation was told of the delays in getting patients’ lab results to the pathologist.   “The Lions Club of Mandeville decided to make this their next focus and we purchased a histopathology microscope which was handed over in 2015.  We are nowhere near the amount required to build the lab, so we will be appealing to corporate Jamaica to come on board,” he said. 
 Mr. Falconer noted that this is the legacy project of the group as Lions Club International, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has mandated all clubs worldwide to undertake a centennial project.

eanwhile, Chairman of the Board of Management of the SRHA, Mr. Wayne Chen, delivered the speech of Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who described the launch as significant, and an example of the private-public partnership that the Ministry is keen on fostering. “The reality is we need twice the size of the current central Ministry of Health budget if we are to adequately fulfil the health and wellness needs of the public,”  Dr.  Tufton said and lauded the Lions Club for its effort, noting that specialised laboratory services are needed to conduct tests that guide doctors and patients in making optimal treatment choices.

“With sample loads of 74,052 for haematology; 291,471 for chemical pathology; 12,818 for microbiology and 10,559 for immunology, which has tripled in some cases since April 1, 2008, laboratories are buckling under the strain of increased demand,” Dr. Tufton said. However, the Minister argued that the goals of the Ministry are attainable with the establishment of a full service, optimally staffed and equipped regional laboratory for the SRHA with its 600,000 population.

The Lions Club of Mandeville partnered with several sponsors to make the project a reality, including FX Traders, OMG, Petcom, Bullhead Water, Power Services, Singer, Courts, Jamaica Standard Products, Manchester Credit Union, FirstCaribbean Bank, JMMB, Impact Trading, National Commercial Bank, Scotiabank, Best Dressed Foods, Barita Investments, Sagicor, Yummy and Proven.

The containers to be used for the lab were donated by Grantley Stephenson of Kingston Wharves and Impact Trading. 
 Funds to be raised from this year’s staging of the 20-year-old Men Who Cook fundraiser are earmarked for the lab.