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Cabinet has approved the award of contracts totalling some $846 million to implement sewage treatment solutions at 14 health facilities across the island, and provide portering, and cleaning services at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals.

The sewage treatment contract of $420 million has been awarded to the Scientific Research Council (SRC).

Making the announcement at the Jamaica House media briefing, on April 17, Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the sewage system serving health centres and hospitals have deteriorated due to a lack of preventive maintenance, and increased pressure on the outdated systems.

She said after conducting an assessment of selected sewage plants, based on reports of frequent system failure, the Ministry of Health has identified for priority interventions, the plants at: May Pen Hospital, Clarendon; Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Thomas; Annotto Bay Hospital, St. Mary; Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, Westmoreland; Black River Hospital, St. Elizabeth; Mandeville and Percy Junor Hospitals, Manchester; Ulster Spring Health Centre and Falmouth Hospital, Trelawny; St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, St. Ann; Lucea Health Centre and Noel Holmes Hospital, Hanover; and the Port Antonio Hospital and Fellowship Health Centre, Portland.

Eight will receive new systems, while the other six will be rehabilitated. One solution will serve the Lucea Health Centre and Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover.

Meanwhile, the $423.7 million three-year contract for cleaning and portering services at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals has been awarded to Jac-Den Enterprises.

The company will provide the requisite staff complement to clean some 384,065 square feet of building space; provide 50 porters, and ensure that a cleaning attendant is assigned at all times to critical departments, such as outpatient and accident and emergency.

“The contractor is also required to supply all labour material and supplies, equipment, tools and all other things that are needed to ensure the highest level of portering and cleaning services being offered at the hospitals,” Minister Falconer informed.

By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter