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  • 47 residents of the Hanover Infirmary are now living in more comfortable and modern surroundings.
  • Funding for the project was provided by the Ministry of Local Government and the CHASE Fund.
  • Building design will be used as a prototype for the construction of other infirmaries in the future.

The 47 residents of the Hanover Infirmary are now living in more comfortable and modern surroundings, following yesterday’s (November 21) official opening of a new $40 million building.

Located on the compound of the old facility, on Watson Taylor Drive, Lucea, the infirmary boasts separate male and female dorms with general bathroom facility, private rooms with their own bathrooms, general lobby area, doctors examination room, matron’s office, general staff room, Poor Relief Office, entry foyer, verandahs, and  recreational space.

Funding for the project was provided by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, in his address during the opening ceremony, expressed gratitude to the CHASE Fund for partnering with the Ministry on the project.

“I want to use this opportunity to encourage other individuals, companies, corporate Jamaica, community-based organisations and other non-government organisations, to get involved and give your fullest support to the poor relief services.  We should all make a concerted effort to provide comfort and care for those who are in need in the shadow of life,” he stated.

The Minister informed that the building design will be used as a prototype for the construction of other infirmaries in the future.

He noted that the new infirmary was built to meet the needs of the physically challenged in keeping with international standards.

There are access ramps, while special showers, toilets, basins, and other fixtures have been installed in the general bathroom areas.

The Minister also pointed out that natural lighting and ventilation have been utilized, while rainwater harvesting facilities are to be installed. “We therefore expect to have a more sustainable facility for the inmates and everybody involved in managing and running this beautiful facility,” he stated.

Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, W. Billy Heaven, in his remarks, pointed out that the organisation, over its 10-year history, has invested over $85 million on various projects in the parish of Hanover.

He said that there is always a sense of fulfillment within the institution, when investments address a critical need.