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Cabinet has approved the award of a contract for repair work to be carried out at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon. Economic Maintenance Products Limited has been contracted to rectify defects at the hospital over a 12-week period, at a cost of some $58.4 million.

Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, who gave details of the contract at yesterday’s (January 23), post Cabinet press briefing, said the defects that would be dealt with at the hospital included work on the roof and foundation, drainage, and other minor works. “This is quite a substantial undertaking, and it has become necessary because problems have developed in relation to the soil and there has been a level of subsidence resulting from the location in which the hospital was constructed,” Minister Whiteman told journalists. He pointed out that rehabilitative work was necessary in order to rectify the defects and prevent further degradation of the buildings as well as the site. The National Health Fund (NHF) will be the responsible agency for funding the repairs.

Turning to another contract that was approved by the Cabinet, the Minister said that S.W.C. Woodwork and Construction Limited has been awarded two separate contracts to construct buildings at the Bishop Gibson High School and DeCarteret College in Manchester.

At Bishop Gibson, a part two-storey, part three-storey, five classroom block is to be constructed at a cost of $16.89 million, while a part two-storey, part three-storey, five classroom block is to be built at DeCarteret College at a cost of $18.2 million. The construction at the high schools are due for completion by August 2006, before the start of the next academic year.

Minister Whiteman said that based on the expansion of the classroom sizes at the two schools, an additional 450 student places would be created. He pointed out that in addition to the contracts for Bishop Gibson and DeCarteret, seven other contracts for building expansion are also to completed under the provision of Critically Needed Secondary School Places Programme.

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