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$31.7 m infection control system commissioned at UHWI

An infection control surveillance system was today commissioned at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) as part of efforts to strengthen the country's capabilities to fight dengue fever and other health-related threats.


The $31.7-million system, which was funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF), manages information across the UHWI and allows for data capture in relation to infection control practices and surveillance of all infections.


As a result, the system has seen to the full digitization of the UHWI's Infection Prevention and Control Unit's data collection and analysis process, USF said in a statement this afternoon.


Speaking at the official handover ceremony, Chief Executive Officer at the USF Daniel Dawes said the agency's financing of the UHWI infection control system forms part of the overarching thrust of the USF toprovidetechnological support across a wide cross-section of sectors, in a bid to improve efficiency.


Chief Medical Officer at the University Hospital of the West Indies,Dr Carl Bruce, said the system is part of a comprehensive scheme, designed to manage data across the entire hospital.