Project manager Orett Clarke (far right) shows where preparation is already underway to install to the machine. The touring party included (from left) Executive Director of CHASE Fund, William “Billy” Heaven; behind him Tony Hosang, Executive Director of National Health Fund, Everton Anderson and Janice Julian of Vincent Hosang Family Foundation.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Western Regional Health Authority is reporting that the state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator Cancer Treatment Centre (LINAC) at the Cornwall Regional Hospital is on target to receive its first patient in four months. “We are progressing as per schedule and we should finish the construction section by the end of June and test and commission the equipment by the end of July. We’re hoping to treat patients by the end of August,” executive director of the National Health Fund (NHF) Everton Anderson said. The NHF, CHASE Fund, the Tourism Enhancement Fund and private interests are funding the LINAC centre in Montego Bay and another at the Kingston Public Hospital at a total cost of appoximately US$15 million. One of the private donors is the Vincent Hosang Family Foundation (VHFF) with support from the Jamaicans Diaspora in New York. Last Friday, representatives of VHFF were taken on a tour of the treatment centre by Anderson and CHASE Fund executive director William ‘Billy’ Heaven. “We’re showing them where their investment in Jamaica is paying off and we’re happy to have them here to actually see what is happening on this project,” said Anderson.He expressed confidence in the work being done noting, “with astute management from our project team leader, Orett Clarke, I think we will finish the project without any variation in budgeted cost.”Representing VHFF, Janice Julian was pleased with what the progress being made. “We’re quite pleased. Not that we’re monitoring but because we’re involved with the Jamaican Diaspora, the funds that we collected was a dual effort between the foundation and the Diaspora so we felt that we had an obligation to the Diaspora to report to them on the progress of the project and I am quite pleased so far. I know I will be able to take back good news and we all will be happy when this is finally over so that we can come and be a part of the grand opening,” she said. Julian stressed, however that “the main reason for our interest is to see it start benefitting the Jamaican people.” Ground was broken last November for establishment of the treatment centre with a Linear Accelerator (LINAC) at the CRH with a promise that it will bring first world cancer care to western Jamaica
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