PM On Respiratory Hospital Upgrade: ‘We Are Working Overtime’

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has indicated that work is proceeding apace to upgrade the Respiratory Hospital.

“We are working overtime to improve the structural and operational plans,” he posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday, along with photographs of the ongoing work.

According to the PM, work is currently ongoing to upgrade and increase the hospital’s capacity from 82 beds to 126 beds.

He said work is also ongoing to remedy the issues with the structure that have been identified.

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Chastanet noted that the project is being financed by the World Bank and also includes new medical equipment such as ventilators and oxygen lines.

Earlier this week the Executive Director of the Respiratory Hospital and the Owen King European Union Hospital (OKEUH), Nancy Francis, acknowledged public concerns over conditions at the Respiratory Hospital.

She also highlighted several challenges encountered in the upgrade.

They included  an increase of COVID-19 patients in country which severely disrupted the project, resulting in incomplete works in some areas.

Francis issued a statement on the issue after a COVID-19 patient posted a video on social media, highlighting the state of the area of the facility where he was staying.

After the video was released, Health Minister, Senator Mary Isaac, told reporters that the male patient had been relocated.

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