PM rates UWI sports medicine facility as 'first class'

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has rated the facilities of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Division of Sports Medicine as “first class”.“This is clearly a first class facility, and it is obvious that Jamaica is developing leading expertise in the area,” Holness commented when he toured the facilities on a visit to the Mona Campus recently, to be formally added to the list of Caribbean prime ministers who have graduated from the institution.

He said that he was very pleased to see it in operation and to see Jamaican athletes recuperating there.

“Given its quality, it is clear to see where the country can capitalise on the facility. In fact, it’s probably already in a commercial phase and I think Jamaica can leverage that for other greater things. It’s a lovely facility and The University of the West Indies is indeed a world leader in this regard,” he added.

During the tour, the prime minister was given a first-hand look at the high-level services being offered by the Division of Sports Medicine and the related Sports Medicine Clinic.

Both facilities fall under the university’s Faculty of Medical Sciences and are focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries sustained during athletic activities. The division, which offers Masters programmes in sports medicine and physiotherapy, exposes qualified physicians to the scientific, medical, technical, and professional aspects of sports medicine.

Its speciality areas of research and treatment include work with sedentary patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer