New medical lab opened in Manchester

Official opening of new medical laboratory which was built in Christiana, Manchester.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (centre) and United States Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Donald Tapia (left), officially open the new medical laboratory which was built in Christiana, Manchester. Also participating are Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and Member of Parliament for North East Manchester where the lab is located, Audley Shaw (2nd right); and (from 2nd left) Southern Regional Health Authority Chairman, Wayne Chen; and Director for the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Varough Deyde (partially hidden).

Residents of Christiana, Manchester, and its environs now have the benefit of a new medical laboratory, which has been built in the town at a cost of over $20 million.

The facility’s establishment resulted from a collaboration involving the United States-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), which have been supporting HIV treatment services administered at the Mandeville Comprehensive Health Centre since 2017.

“It symbolises the strength of the partnership that we enjoy.”

— Tufton

The lab was formally opened on Friday, September 20, by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, who said the occasion was one to be celebrated.

“It symbolises the strength of the partnership that we enjoy and have enjoyed over an extended period of time between the people of Jamaica and the United States of America. That partnership is manifested, not just in public health, but in trade, tourism and education… It’s an amazing partnership,” he said.

Tufton said the lab’s opening will serve to further strengthen the countries’ shared partnership and mutual interest in advancing public healthcare delivery.