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Ashwini Choubey inaugurates 7th International Conference on Cost Effective Use of Technology in eHealth Care

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Ashwini Choubey inaugurates 7th International Conference on Cost Effective Use of Technology in eHealth Care According to the minister, the new technology will not only enhance efficiency but will also bring greater transparency in the healthcare and health administrationAshwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, inaugurated the 7th International Conference and Workshop on Cost Effective Use of Technology in eHealth Care at AIIMS, New Delhi.Speaking at the function, Choubey underscored the urgency for harnessing Information Technology for better and effective healthcare delivery in the country. Referring to the Digital India initiative of the Prime Minister, he emphasised on the need for making optimal use of technology for delivering healthcare services to the people. The minister further stated that that e-application in healthcare will reduce cost and save time for doctors and patients.While alluding to the ancient healthcare system of India and the contribution of Sushruta, Charak and Dhanwantari, the minister said that we must keep pace with the advances in science and technology so that the healthcare delivery becomes cost effective, accessible, affordable and more transparent.At the event, Choubey also felicitated the doctors, particularly the specialists who have successfully treated patients by e-application without actually visiting them in remote and far-flung areas. He further stated that new technology will not only enhance efficiency but will also bring greater transparency in the healthcare and health administration.The minister congratulated Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, Professor Deepak Aggarwal, Professor in-Charge Computer Facility and the organising Committee of AIIMS for organising the conference on highly contextual and important theme. The minister also hoped that the e-Initiative of AIIMS would go a long way in implementing the Digital India vision of the Prime Minister.Also present at the occasion were, Prof MC Mishra, President-cum-Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences, Jaipur and Ex-Director AIIMS and other senior officers of the Health Ministry and AIIMS, New Delhi. center_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on September 11, 2017 Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

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Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer

first_img By salil sule on September 22, 2017 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The campaign was launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals groupUnion minister Anupriya Patel recently launched a nationwide health campaign to sensitise women about the early screening and the preventive care for cancer.Themed ‘Nurturing the Nurturer’, the campaign was launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals group.The minister of state for health said the increasing cases of cancer in women, especially breast and cervical cancers, were a “matter of concern”.Both these type of cancer account for nearly 32 per cent of all cancers. But several types of cancer have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated properly.Patel said early detection and proper medication can play a key role in treatment. She urged private players and NGOs to play their role in creating awareness about preventive care.“With cancer cases on the rise in the country, the government plans to set up 27 cancer centres in the coming days. The centres will be in addition to already functioning and upgraded in various medical colleges and districts since the government floated the scheme,” she said. Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

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ILBS, FIND organise orientation workshop in Delhi

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 By EH News Bureau on April 5, 2019 Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story DGHSFINDHCVHEAD-StartHepatitis CILBSUnitaid Series of coordinated interventions undertaken to enhance increased availability, accessibility to hepatitis C testingThe Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) jointly convened an orientation workshop on April 2, 2019, for medical officers and laboratory technicians from polyclinics identified under the Unitaid-funded hepatitis C virus (HCV) HEAD-Start project. ILBS and FIND are implementing the HEAD-Start project in Delhi’s National Capital Region with support and guidance from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, with the goal of enhancing availability and accessibility of hepatitis C testing in key hospitals and polyclinics identified by the DGHS: Pt Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, Maharshi Valmiki Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.A series of coordinated interventions is being undertaken to enhance increased availability of, and accessibility to, hepatitis C testing. Capacity-building activities have been organised by ILBS and FIND for the hospitals and polyclinic staff under the HEAD-Start project, and this week’s event follows a capacity-building workshop that took place in December 2018 for nodal officers, comprising physicians and microbiologists from each hospital, and project staff on HCV diagnosis and treatment. It was at this workshop that Dr Shiv Kumar Sarin, Director of the ILBS and a strong proponent of finding the “missing” people infected with the HCV through early diagnosis, expressed that the ILBS–FIND partnership contributes to the development of a well-functioning network providing decentralised diagnosis for hepatitis C, with effective linkage to treatment centres in Delhi.To promote point-of-care tests, so far seven HCV screening camps have been organised in different hospitals and polyclinics, covering more than 850 patients. In the coming weeks, more HCV screening camps will be organised at Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and associated polyclinics. People who test positive for HCV antibodies will be referred to one of the five hospitals identified under the project for further diagnosis and treatment.Delhi, with its ever-growing population, has a high burden of hepatitis C. Diagnosis of the disease followed by treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) is critical. The HEAD-Start project aims to enhance hepatitis C diagnosis, exploring innovative testing strategies and treatment pathways in both general and vulnerable groups. This includes patients with clinical findings, people who inject drugs, individuals with HIV co-infection, patients on dialysis and patients who have undergone blood transfusions.Dr Sanjay Sarin, Head of FIND India, said, “The HEAD-Start project will generate evidence for the implementation of effective diagnostic tools, and provide an operational service delivery model for the design of an integrated diagnostics and treatment blueprint, which will inform policymakers at both the state and central levels.”The Hepatitis C Elimination through Access to Diagnostics (HEAD-Start) project is funded by Unitaid. It builds on earlier work supported by the government of the Netherlands, and UK aid from British people. News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0) Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals ILBS, FIND organise orientation workshop in Delhi Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more

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Majority of hospitals expected to be back in operating profits from August: ICRA

first_img 20 per cent growth in FY2022 revenues expected, expected to go slow on capex to conserve cash and focus on better utilisation of existing facilitiesICRA Ratings expects the long-term outlook of the healthcare sector to remain ‘Stable’ despite its performance being recently affected due to  COVID-19-19.  The Stable outlook is on the back of structural strengths. The occupancy of companies in the sector is expected to bounce back substantially, to 60 per cent in FY2022, from the projected occupancy of 52 per cent in FY2021; and the revenue growth is estimated to rise to ~20 per cent in FY2022, against an expected contraction of ~19 per cent in FY2021, aided by a lower base.According to Kapil Banga, assistant vice president, ICRA, “There has been significant sequential improvement in occupancy every month after the sharp fall in April and majority of the players are expected to (be) back in operating profits, starting from the month of August, after reporting EBIDTA losses in Q1 and July. Pent-up demand is also likely to support the performance, as elective procedures cannot be delayed indefinitely, by domestic as well as international patients.”ICRA’s sample of companies includes Apollo Hospitals Enerprise, Fortis Healthcare, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Aster DM Healthcare (India business only), Max Healthcare Institute (previously part of Max India), Healthcare Global Enterprises, and Shalby.The significant capex in the last five years has started contributing to the profitability and the capex as well as start-up costs of new hospitals are likely to be much lower going forward, which will also aid profitability and debt protection indicators over the medium term.In FY2020, ICRA upgraded seven ratings and downgraded four (credit ratio of 1.75) and in FY2021 YTD, it has upgraded two entities and downgraded one (credit ratio of 2). The credit risk profile of entities in the sector had been on improving trajectory over the last two years and notwithstanding the near-term disruption, as well as given the essential nature of the services, the sector will report a speedy recovery.Nevertheless, the performance has been weak in the last three quarters, although worst is behind for the sector; occupancy plunged across all the players in the sector due to lockdown, restrictions on movement of people, suspension of international flights, cautious approach adapted by patients as well as hospitals due to fear of infection, sharp drop in OPD footfalls, and postponement of elective surgeries.As a result, the average occupancy of companies in ICRA’s sample set dropped from 59 per cent in Q1 FY2020 to 37 per cent in Q1 FY2021 and the average revenue per occupied bed (ARPOB) fell by ~1 per cent in Q1 FY2021. The companies in sample set reported a 39 per cent decline in revenues and posted EBITDA loss of Rs. 231 crore in Q1 FY2021, against an EBITDA of 620 crore in Q1 FY2020.The operating margin fell from ~14 per cent to ~ – nine per cent during this period. To weather the impact, the entities have reduced costs to the extent of 15~20 per cent, and the largest cost rationalisation has happened in doctor and employee expenses, which is the largest cost for hospitals.Amongst the various specialties, critical ailments such as oncology and cardiology have seen faster recovery from the lows while orthopaedics has been lagging during this period. Additionally, emergency & trauma as well as mother & child departments have been relatively resilient although lower traffic flows have impacted even the emergency and trauma revenues to an extent.The ARPOB and margins from the treatment of  COVID-19-19 patients is much lower than that of electives and the margins from  COVID-19-19 patients were further impacted due to the price caps placed by certain state governments; nonetheless, the contribution margin from treatment of  COVID-19-19 patients has been positive and it has cushioned the pressure on profitability during these challenging times due to a sharp drop in electives and medical tourism.The aggregate bed capacity of the companies in the sample set was flat, at ~24,600 beds compared to a CAGR bed addition of 5 per cent (addition of ~4600 beds) over the last four-year period. The trend of slow capex is likely to continue as players have adequate capacity for growth over the medium term and the focus is on conserving cash while also improving utilisation of existing facilities.The aggregate net debt of companies in the ICRA sample set reduced from Rs. 9362 crore as on March 31, 2019 to Rs. 9130 crore as on March 31, 2020 and even in Q1 FY2021, despite the cash losses, the net debt reduced marginally, to Rs. 9110 crore as on June 30, 2020, due to healthy collections from the institutional clients and payable management. The Net debt/EBITDA improved from 3.15x as on March 31, 2019 to 2.14x as on March 31, 2020 while the Net cash accruals/net debt improved from 19 per cent to 32 per cent during this period.Adds Banga, “Over the medium-to-long run, the demand is expected to continue to rise steadily, given the underlying fundamentals, including a growing population, increasing life expectancy, rising incidence of non-communicable lifestyle diseases, growing per capita spend, increasing penetration of health insurance and double-digit rise in medical tourism (excluding impact of  COVID-19-19). On the supply side, India currently faces significant shortage of beds and Government investments towards hospital bed addition are limited. This provides private sector players with the opportunity to step in to fill the gap.” Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Read Article Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Comment Finance News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts Majority of hospitals expected to be back in operating profits from August: ICRA Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on October 27, 2020 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Apollo Hospitals EnerpriseAster DM HealthcareFortis HealthcareHealthcare Global EnterprisesICRAMax Healthcare InstituteNarayana HrudayalayaShalby last_img read more

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Show Your Love for Children on Labour Day – Grange

first_imgAdvertisements Show Your Love for Children on Labour Day – Grange CultureMay 16, 2010 RelatedShow Your Love for Children on Labour Day – Grange RelatedShow Your Love for Children on Labour Day – Grangecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, has called on Jamaicans to demonstrate their love for the country’s youngest citizens, by working on projects, which focus on children on Labour Day.“Let us, with the help of the Almighty, use this week and Labour Day, next Monday (May 24), to reaffirm our commitment to our children and to demonstrate to them how much they mean to us. They are our children. We must show them we care and so, find a cause or a project and volunteer on Labour Day,” she urged.Miss Grange was speaking at the Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2010 thanksgiving service, which was held today (May 16) at the Seaview Chapel in Harbour View, St. Andrew. Workers’ Week, which begins today, culminates with Labour Day, which is being observed under the theme: ‘Our Children.Show Them We Care’.Minister Grange said that the national projects, which have been increased from six to 14 this year, will be supported by the Department of Local Government and municipal authorities across the country.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Olivia Grange, and Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, share a warm greeting at the Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2010 thanksgiving service, which was held today (May 16) at the Seaview Chapel in Harbour View, St. Andrew. Workers’ Week, which begins today, culminates with Labour Day on May 24, which is being observed under the theme: ‘Our Children.Show Them We Care’.“Decentralising the activity in this way is part of government’s commitment to increasing the participation of citizens in building communities,” she noted.Minister Grange commended private and public sector entities as well as volunteers, for their support of the work to be carried out and appealed for other groups and individuals to play their part.“Every one of you in this congregation can take on a project and play your part,” she said.President of the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Adrian Cotterell, in his sermon, called on parents, communities, churches and institutions, to show that they care for “our children” by working together to reduce teenage pregnancy, out-of wedlock births, crime, drugs and gun running, and the break down of values and attitude.“The government cannot do what we are supposed to do to show we care. We cannot substitute our personal responsibility to care for the nation’s children, for that of the Government, the church and child advocacy institutions,” he said.The first lesson was read by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, representing Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, while Senator Sandrea Falconer read the second lesson on behalf of Opposition Leader, Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.Brief remarks were made by the Custos of Kingston, Steadman Fuller, who represented Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. RelatedShow Your Love for Children on Labour Day – Grangelast_img read more

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Several Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSeveral Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day RelatedSeveral Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day Several Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day CultureMay 25, 2010center_img RelatedSeveral Projects Carried Out In Portland on Labour Day FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several projects were carried out in Portland on Monday (May 24) as communities in the parish joined the rest of Jamaica to put work into Labour Day 2010.The projects, which included the cleaning of drains, bushing of roadways, erection of road signs, building of bus sheds, and refurbishing of public buildings, were undertaken by community groups and organisations, which worked closely with the Portland Labour Day Committee.The Parish Labour Day Project was the painting and beautification of the Muirton Boys Home in Manchioneal, including painting of walls and whitewashing of various sections of the compound.The work extended to the farm with the planting of 100 fruit tree seedlings and repairing of a chicken coop, under the supervision of the Portland Office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). The home, which houses 20 boys, has been in operation for 30 years.Other organisations participating in the day’s work included the Jamaica Red Cross, Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), National Youth Service (NYS), Tourism Action Club and the various church groups in the area.Chairman of the Portland Labour Day Committee and Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, told JIS News that the home was chosen as the parish project in keeping with the National Labour Day theme: ‘Our children, show them we care’.He noted that the work carried out at the facility was designed to lift the spirits of the residents.Manager of the Muirton Boys Home, Maxine Palmer, expressed gratitude to the Portland Labour Day Committee for choosing the institution as the parish project, and thanked the various organisations and individuals, who worked on the project, for their kind gesture and generosity.last_img read more

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National Honour For Karl Young

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedNational Honour For Karl Young FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The late Karl Augustus Young, founder of Jamaica’s first all-reggae radio station, IRIE FM, is to receive a national honour in recognition of his pioneering work in the media.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the announcement at the thanksgiving service for Mr. Young held on Saturday (June 26) at the Ocho Rios cruise ship pier in St. Ann.“We want to show Karl’s family that Jamaica loves him and we recognise his work and the Government wants to pay the highest tribute it can to Karl and his memory, and so Karl will receive a national honour in recognition of his work,” she stated.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, pays a floral tribute at the thanksgiving service for the late founder of Irie FM and Zip 103 FM, Karl Young. The service was held on Saturday (June 26) at the Ocho Rios cruise ship pier in St. Ann.Minister Grange said that Mr. Young “has been one of the most significant contributors to wealth creation in the Jamaican economy over the last 20 years, for there is no doubt that IRIE has added enormous value to national entertainment, enriching many artistes, producers, songwriters, video directors and sound system operators.”She said that Mr. Young was a humble man “but a cultural giant, whose clear purpose on earth was to amplify the voices and instruments of Jamaican musicians”. “He was indeed outstanding,” she added.Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who brought greetings on behalf of Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, said that Mr. Young was an ordinary man, who had accomplished extraordinary things in his lifetime.“We have lost a good man, a good son and someone that we can truly say that we were indeed proud of and proud to have known. While we mourn, I want us to be comforted by his legacy.of decency, hard work, integrity and honesty,” Mrs. Robinson said, adding that he will be sadly missed.Meanwhile, President for the Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ), Gary Allen, extended condolences to the bereaved family and pledged the continued support of the media fraternity.“Karl Young is respected by all of us in the media. We respect him for changing the landscape in Jamaican media,” Mr. Allen said, noting that Mr. Young was committed to the MAJ and its work.Mr. Young, who also founded the very popular Zip 103 FM, died in the United States on June 10 after ailing for some time. He is survived by children Rocky, Annie, Joni, Karla, Kim and Chad; grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.Wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Lorna Golding; and Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, were among the family, friends and well-wishers at the thanksgiving service. RelatedNational Honour For Karl Youngcenter_img National Honour For Karl Young CultureJune 29, 2010 RelatedNational Honour For Karl Younglast_img read more

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KSAC Bi-Partisan Committee to Discuss Implementation of JDIP

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Zero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas

first_imgRelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Police have said they will be taking a zero tolerance approach to issues of law and order during and after the passage of Tropical Depression Tomas.“In times of natural disasters, we are aware that persons with criminal intent would want to prey on the vulnerable and persons who have suffered,” Assistant Superintendent of Police, Clifford Blake, told a press conference organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), at its offices in Kingston, today (November 3).He said the police would be deploying additional personnel to safeguard evacuated communities, to provide security at the various shelters and to ensure that lives and property are secured. He urged Jamaicans to play their part by reporting suspicious activities to the police.Assistant Superintendent Blake also advised neighbourhood watch groups to meet and activate their own security plans ahead of the impending storm. He also advised Jamaicans to ensure their own security by safely locking away their valuables and properly securing their buildings, especially places of business.His other tips include storing enough fuel for motor vehicles in case of emergencies, charging cellular phone batteries and making note of the numbers for the nearest police station.In addition, he implored persons who might have to evacuate their homes to inform the police of this, to ensure they are accounted for and that personnel are dispatched to secure their property.Assistant Superintendent Blake said the police have already activated its command centre at Old Hope Road, Kingston, and that the police would be working with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) during the period. RelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas Zero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas National SecurityNovember 3, 2010center_img RelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas Advertisementslast_img read more

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Road works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August

first_imgRelatedRoad works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The frequent traffic jams experienced by motorists on the Washington Boulevard in Kingston will soon be a thing of the past, as the National Works Agency (NWA) is working relentlessly to have the road works completed by August this year. Expansion work is currently being undertaken on 2.75 kilometres of roadway from the Molynes Road intersection to the junction at Dunrobin Avenue and Constant Spring Road. This involves the widening of the roadway to six lanes; reconstruction of the existing pavement; construction of boundary walls along the new road alignment; putting in sidewalks, curbs, drains, box culverts and retaining walls; and building three major bridges. Providing an update on the ongoing road works, Communications Officer at the NWA, Havenol Douglas says about 70 per cent of the work has been done. “This include a number of major activities, which comprise the installation of underground systems, the construction of three new bridge structures and the extension of three others along the corridor and the widening of the roadway,” she told JIS News. Ms. Douglas informs that the three new bridges at the Red Hills overpass, Rochester Gully and Merrivale Gully are 72 per cent complete.  She noted that a lot of work on the Washington Boulevard was carried out on underground systems, which included replacing old sewer and water lines. As for road surfacing, the NWA’s Communication Officer said the work is progressing well. “We are expecting it to be completed in August this year. We have completed just about half the number of activities that we need to do on the roadway, in terms of sub-base construction,” she pointed out. The project was slated to be completed earlier this year; however the date was pushed back as a result of the heavy rains which affected the island last year. Miss Douglas said that once the work is completed, persons who use the Washington Boulevard corridor will enjoy multiple benefits. “We anticipate improved traffic volume capacity, reducing traffic congestion along the corridor, and improved safety for both motorists and pedestrians. We are installing five new traffic signals along the corridor and we’re putting in pedestrian facilities at these locations.  There will also be reduced travel time and overall road transportation costs,” she said. In the meantime, the NWA is asking persons to be patient and exercise caution while traversing the roadway. A traffic management system has been put in place for the duration of the project, including a mandatory requirement that two lanes of traffic be maintained while the road work is being undertaken. At the ground-breaking ceremony for the project last year, Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry had said that the project would improve traffic volume capacity, thus reducing congestion along the corridor.         He explained that the work was critical, as the Washington Boulevard corridor carried the third largest volume of traffic in the Kingston Metropolitan area during peak hours. Funded by the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the project seeks to enhance productivity by reducing the economic loss to the country as a result of traffic congestion, and decrease fuel consumption and vehicle operating cost, due to poor ride quality. The project is estimated to cost US$23.4 million, with an approved loan from the CDB of US$14.78 million, and the remainder of US$8.6 million to be financed by the Government. Advertisements Road works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August TransportMay 2, 2011 By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter RelatedRoad works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August RelatedRoad works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by Augustlast_img read more