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Cabinet has approved contracts totalling $74.6 million to carry out modification and extension works on the Spanish Town Hospital as well as installation works on the Frome Sugar Housing project in Westmoreland.
Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman told a post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday (December 12), that a $58 million contract has been awarded for the modification and extension of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine.
“There has been significant growth in the population of the parish due to increased housing developments, especially in the Portmore and Old Harbour environs. The hospital is a very old one and there are particular challenges, such as record keeping, and although the physical infrastructure has had some improvements over time, it is now in desperate need of further improvements and refurbishing,” Mr. Whiteman explained.
The contract has been awarded to Tank-Weld Construction Company Limited and the project is to last for a period of six months.
During the first phase of the project, refurbishing work will be done on the Accident and Emergency Department, re-organization of the Casualty Department will be carried out, and a building to house the Medical Records Department will be constructed.
Funding for the project will come from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
Mr. Whiteman said that a $16.6 million contract has also been awarded to DR Foote Construction Company Limited to undertake the supply and installation of liners in the sewage treatment ponds at Frome Sugar Housing Project in Westmoreland.
This is one of 10 such projects being pursued under the Sugar Workers Housing Programme. The housing scheme comprises 665 housing solutions, which are being allocated to sugar workers who are first time homeowners.
Minister Whiteman noted that the project was the result of a Special Benefit Order promulgated to give sugar workers first preference to acquire lots under the programme. The National Housing Trust (NHT) is administering the programme.