Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Spanish Town to get major health centre

Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Olivia Grange at the Cumberland Road Health Clinic for the national Labour Day project on Wednesday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Olivia Grange at the Cumberland Road Health Clinic for the national Labour Day project on Wednesday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Spanish Town and its environs will be getting a health centre in the near future, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness has directed the National Health Fund (NHF) to provide the necessary monetary support to build a new facility.

The directive came after medical officer of health for St Catherine, Dr Pauline Weir pleaded with the official delegation that visited the Cumberland Road Health Clinic for the national Labour Day project on Wednesday.

Dr Weir, during the small official ceremony, had explained that the expanding housing developments in the area have placed a strain on the Cumberland Road Health Clinic.

With Holness, Member of Parliament for the constituency and Minister of Culture, Gender, Sport and Entertainment Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and chairman of the National Health Fund, Gregory Mair present, Dr Weir then made her appeal for a parish health centre to supplement the Spanish Town Hospital.

Grange responded, “as Member of Parliament, I have actually identified a piece of land and I am in discussion with (Minister of Health) Dr Christopher Tufton. There is a plan in place to build a purpose-built health facility for Spanish Town and Greater Spanish Town.”

According to Holness, having grown up in the area and using the facility as a child, it has always been small.

Holness said, “I got immunized here and it was a very small clinic then, in terms of size and facilities and I agree with Dr Weir that it is still a small facility, so you have my endorsement, you have my support, so consider it a policy directive that we must improve and enhance this facility.

“Minister (Grange), this is your constituency and you have found the land, so right here chairman Mair, I am giving you the directive that we must find the funds to have a bigger and better facility for the people,” Holness said.

Meir had earlier indicated that the NHF would have been willing to assist when he got the proper directive. He said it would fall within the mandate of the Ministry of Health through Tufton and would be added to the 19 projects that the NHF did last year, worth over $700 million.

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