Every Child Must Be Given Equal Opportunity to Learn – Samuda

Delivering the keynote address at the opening of a two-day Higher Education Summit, on June 12 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew, he said as children commence early-childhood education, opportunities must be at their disposal for growth and to prevent them from developing an inferiority complex. Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says every child must be given equal opportunity in the pursuit of education. Story Highlights “Every child in Jamaica must have equal opportunity from the start, and I look forward to the day when the fears that surround placement of the child is removed because of the improvement in all the schools,” he said. Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says every child must be given equal opportunity in the pursuit of education.Delivering the keynote address at the opening of a two-day Higher Education Summit, on June 12 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew, he said as children commence early-childhood education, opportunities must be at their disposal for growth and to prevent them from developing an inferiority complex.“Every child in Jamaica must have equal opportunity from the start, and I look forward to the day when the fears that surround placement of the child is removed because of the improvement in all the schools,” he said.Mr. Samuda emphasised that schools should not be stigmatised because they do not have brand names.The Minister argued that once every child is given an equal chance for educational advancement at the beginning, and they are not beset by non-inclusion, their chances at success will be greater.He pointed out that the “appropriate formula” needs to be found to enable students to have better access to tertiary education, adding that he has seen the potential in scores of young people, and they must be given every opportunity to succeed.The Summit brings together key stakeholders of the education sector to discuss issues impacting tertiary students and to broaden awareness on funding, housing and security. read more

New Radiology Department Opens at Cornwall Regional Hospital

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in his address at the official opening ceremony on June 28, said that the new facility “is another in the building blocks of the overall restoration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital”. The Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay now has a new Radiology Department, which was built at a cost of approximately $50 million. Story Highlights The state-of-the-art facility offers X-rays, computerised tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound services, among others. The Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay now has a new Radiology Department, which was built at a cost of approximately $50 million.The state-of-the-art facility offers X-rays, computerised tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound services, among others.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in his address at the official opening ceremony on June 28, said that the new facility “is another in the building blocks of the overall restoration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital”.“And, if you look at the other new building that was constructed to deal with accident and emergency challenges, I am prepared to say that we have now, in western Jamaica, one of the best, and the most modern trauma centres, not just in Jamaica but certainly the Caribbean,” he said.Dr. Tufton noted that the two departments combined, “will ensure a smooth flow… in treating patients who come to these facilities and require emergency care”.“It means that these trauma-related cases… will get the absolutely best quality service… based on the doctors who are here and the nurses who are here, and now based on the facility and the infrastructure that are here,” he added.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton noted that Cornwall Regional Hospital will once again be restored to its glory days “with the most modern of equipment and some of the most dedicated health workers one will ever see”. read more