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  • The Government has launched a $389 million sewage treatment project to improve systems at six health facilities across the island.
  • The project will use technology developed the Scientific Research Council (SRC).
  • The project has two phases, and is being developed with the use of anaerobic digestion technology.

The Government has launched a $389 million sewage treatment project to improve systems at six health facilities across the island, using technology developed the Scientific Research Council (SRC).

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in lauding the partnership between the Ministry and the SRC, said it will be far-reaching for persons utilising the facilities, and those who live in the communities where the institutions are located.

He noted that diseases can emerge “in circumstances where sewage is not properly taken care of, so it is a most important project”. He was addressing the launch held on Friday, June 6, at the Percy Junor Hospital, in Clarendon.

Financed by the National Health Fund (NHF), the project has two phases, and is being developed with the use of anaerobic digestion technology. Minister Ferguson said all the systems are expected to be completed within budget.

“I was very strident in the final negotiations to make sure that the contracts conform to the best practice, having particular clauses,” to ensure value for money. The Minister told the audience.

Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, lauded the partnership between the SRC, and the Health Ministry, as an “appreciation of the fact that science, innovation and technology are integral pillars in the development of a modern society, and must be fully exploited”.