Health Ministry undertakes J$250-m project to improve medical facilities

Kingston, Jamaica — The Ministry of Health is embarking on a major $250 million project to repair residential facilities for medical staff across the island as well as patient and staff bathrooms at hospitals and health centres. Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson made the disclosure this morning at a press brief held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

A review of the various facilities has already been carried out and includes those at the National Chest, Spanish Town, Princess Margaret, Port Antonio, Annotto Bay, St Ann’s Bay, Noel Holmes, Savanna-la-mar, Black River, Mandeville, May Pen and Cornwall Regional Hospitals as well as staff residence at Allerdyce and Flamingo.

“These facilities will be renovated this fiscal year at an estimated cost of $250 million. The bills of quantity have been completed and we hope to complete the procurement of contractors within this calendar year,” Dr Ferguson said.

The minister has asked that the management of the Regional Health Authorities prioritise the project.

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