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The Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James and the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary are to be renovated at a combined cost of some $60.4 million. Cabinet yesterday (May 15), approved two contracts for repairs to be carried out at the two medical institutions.
Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Information and Development Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, revealed that Tankweld Construction Company has been awarded a $24.4 million contract to renovate the Annotto Bay Hospital’s main medical and surgical wards.
The Minister said the rehabilitation work would facilitate the re-opening of the hospital’s wards that were closed following Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
Mr. Campbell said the repair would include, “retiling of floors and walls, provision of new windows and doors.new plumbing installation, including the provision of new sanitary conveniences”.
It is expected that the upgrading, which is scheduled to last for 14 weeks, will rectify the current problem of male and female patients being housed on the same ward, leading to better convenience and privacy.
Meanwhile, Alfrasure and Roofing Limited has been awarded a $36 million contract for the water proofing of buildings at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
Minister Campbell explained that the contractor is expected to waterproof the main hospital building and surrounding structures owned by the hospital, as currently, the buildings leak whenever it rains. The repair work is slated to last for 29 weeks.