JIS News

Story Highlights

  • Community Relations Officer of the St. Catherine Health Services, Dale Walker has expressed concern about the increasing number of break-ins at health centers in the parish.
  • He was addressing representatives of government agencies and residents from East Central St. Catherine at an agencies/stakeholders consultation meeting held recently at the offices of the Social Development Commission in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.
  • The meeting was organized by the Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine, K.D. Knight in collaboration with the Social Development Commission.

Community Relations Officer of the St. Catherine Health Services, Dale Walker has expressed concern about the increasing number of break-ins at health centers in the parish.

He was addressing representatives of government agencies and residents from East Central St. Catherine at an agencies/stakeholders consultation meeting held recently at the offices of the Social Development Commission in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

The meeting was organized by the Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine, K.D. Knight in collaboration with the Social Development Commission.

Residents were informed about projects and programmes being undertaken by each agency and advised how they could access the services of these agencies. It is the first in a series of meetings to be held in the parish.

Mr. Walker said that since January, more than four break-ins had occurred at the Old Harbour Health Centre. He said that robberies took place recently at the Christian Pen Health Centre and the St Catherine Health Department in Spanish Town.

“Every time a burglary occurs we lose equipment that is difficult to replace,” he said, pointing out that the perpetrators sometimes destroyed valuable items.

Other health centers that have been burglarized include Guys Hill, Glengoffe, Harkers Hall, Watermount, Riversdale and the Dental Division at the Linstead Health Centre.

Mr. Walker appealed to residents to protect the health centers and other public facilities in their communities.

“If we lose these facilities in our area, it is going to make accessing services more expensive and difficult for everybody,” he said.

Discussing plans for improving health services in the parish, Mr. Walker said that efforts were being made to refurbish and equip a midwifery school at the Spanish Town Hospital to ease the shortage of midwives throughout the parish and neighboring communities.

He also mentioned plans to renovate the old maternity block at the hospital, which would be used as the accident and emergency department. He disclosed that funds were available and work should begin in 2005.

Other plans at the hospital include the upgrading of the physiotherapy department and improvement of the general physical environment, including drainage, designated parking areas and landscaping. The laboratory department is also to be modernized through funds provided by the National Health Fund.