UNOPS to Manage Rehabilitation of Cornwall Regional Hospital

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, speaking in the House of Representatives. (FILE)

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  • The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been assigned as project manager for the rehabilitation process at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St. James.
  • This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 3.
  • The Minister said UNOPS will also be looking at the workflow of the facility and provide training for capacity building in critical areas such as maintenance.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been assigned as project manager for the rehabilitation process at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St. James.

This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 3.

“We have selected a contractor under a limited tender process who will design a new vent system, and UNOPS will proceed as part of its mandate to assess and manage the corrective measures for plumbing, electrical and general building repairs,” he informed.

The Minister said UNOPS will also be looking at the workflow of the facility and provide training for capacity building in critical areas such as maintenance.

“This process is expected to last for at least a year; however, I am convinced that once completed, the CRH will be in great shape to continue delivering quality healthcare service to citizens,” he said.

In the meantime, the Minister noted that all outpatient services have been re-located at the facility in a bid to facilitate repair of the institution’s ventilation system.

“We are seeing up to 600 patients each day from locations other than the main building that is under investigation and repair. Most of the supporting services, like lab services, have been relocated and are operational,” he said.

Dr. Tufton further informed that segments of the inpatient-care service have also been relocated.

He saluted the staff at the CRH for their efforts in managing the crisis.

“There were times when the pressure mounted and tensions ran high, but their resolve was clear and focused, and that was to carry out their mandate to serve the Jamaican people,” he said.

The Minister also thanked the stakeholder groups that have been critical to the process. These include the Pan American Health Organization; the United States Embassy; the Ministries of Local Government, Education and National Security; the Jamaica Defence Force; the Urban Development Corporation, Food For The Poor; Missionaries of the Poor; the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; St. James Municipal Corporation; the Holy Trinity Church; Barnett Clinic; Montego Bay Hospital; and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College.

The Cornwall Regional Hospital is the only ‘Type A’ hospital outside of the Corporate Area, and serves mainly the people of Trelawny, St. James and Hanover.

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