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Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, has signed four contracts totalling $248.8 million to expand the services and also overhaul the general infrastructure of the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny.
This will be done to enhance healthcare services for those who visit the hospital, and will also be implemented in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007.
A breakdown of the contracts reveal that Asphaltic Concrete Enterprise has been awarded $34 million for the rehabilitation of the driveway and drainage system, in addition to improving the fencing and landscaping around the hospital, while $71 million has been allotted to D. T. Brown Construction Limited for the modification and expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department.
Receiving the largest contract is Tankweld Limited for the construction of a new operating theatre and radiology building at a cost of $136 million. E.W Construction Limited has been awarded a contract valued at $7.8 million to expand the Porters Lodge to facilitate Emergency Medical Services and ambulance support.
“While the Cricket World Cup may have influenced us coming here today, it is not the Cricket World Cup that caused us to commission and have the money to carry out all this work here at Falmouth,” the Minister noted, at the contract signing and ground-breaking ceremony held recently at the Falmouth Hospital.
He emphasised that all Jamaicans stood to benefit from the improvements to the hospital and not just visitors coming to Jamaica for the event.
“We have to give top class health care to our people. It is not cheap, because health care and health services anywhere in the world is expensive and is always the cause of much debate,” he said.Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, who was also on hand, echoed similar sentiments.
“While we recognize the opportunity thrown at us by the staging of the ICC CWC 2007, we also acknowledge that Falmouth is a developing parish and that the people of this parish deserve the best healthcare possible,” she said.