Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says his administration has indicated that this fiscal year is the year for Health and the time to make ‘drastic improvements’ within the healthcare system.
“Our people deserve world class health care and our medical and ancillary staff deserve to work in suitable facilities,” according to a post on his official Facebook page on Friday.
The Prime Minister disclosed that towards this end, work will continue in this financial year towards the completion of the St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project.
Chastanet explained that government is aware of the passionate debate that surrounds this project.
He declared that accordingly, government is deeply committed to delivering on this important facility.
Although affected by some slight delays due to COVID 19 restrictions, work on the Structural Frame is now approximately 90 percent complete with preparations being put place for the Architectural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) phases.
“This project now employs approximately 400 persons,” he noted.
Chastanet observed that the Hospital will be a 90-bed facility featuring a two-storey Main Wing which will be integrated with other buildings to cater for a range of inpatient and out-patient services.
He said the financing for the Project comes from a loan from the Ex-Im Bank of the Republic of China, with cumulative expenditure from October 2018 amounting to EC$50 million.