Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to speak on my assigned portfolio of Health. First, allow me to thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister for affording me the opportunity to serve in this capacity; my Cabinet colleagues for their support and; the Members of Parliament for their collaboration. A unified approach is one that is crucial in tackling the modern day health challenges that we face as a country. I want to also place on the record my appreciation and gratitude to the team at the Ministry of Health for their commitment and dedication sometimes in trying circumstances. Similarly I thank our bilateral and multilateral partners, individuals and organizations (both local and overseas) who give selflessly through charities, volunteers who have agreed to serve on boards and specially named committees all energized by the shared vision of a better public health system for Jamaicans. Mr. Speaker, I use this opportunity to also thank the people of West Central St Catherine and my constituency management team, without whom I would not be before you making this presentation. I say to them, I look forward to getting to know you better and working together for the greater good of West Central St Catherine and the entire Jamaica. Mr. Speaker, finally I must also thank my wife Neadene, sons Charles and Adam and daughter Kimberly, who are here this evening, for their unwavering support.