Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says the Ministry of Health, met with Chinese contractors recently, to finalise plans to build a Children’s Hospital on the grounds of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in St James.
Dr De La Haye says, the Chinese contractors will be in the island for a month, and will continue with site visits, to ensure that when they leave, it will be clear as to where each department is supposed to be.
He says the ministry expects ground to be broken for the new facility, by the end of this year.
The governments of Jamaica and China signed an agreement in January for the construction of a hospital for children in Montego Bay, St James.
Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, previously indicated that government is to spend $3.5 billion to repair, replace and upgrade critical infrastructure in the health sector, over the next two years.
He said the Children’s Hospital in western Jamaica, will be a centre of excellence, with specific focus, on cardiology and neurology.