MONTEGO BAY — Over $7 million will be spent to rehabilitate the Moneague Health Centre in St. Ann, which serves more than 10,000 persons from that area, and surrounding communities.
The health centre, which is now closed to facilitate repair work, is currently operating out of the Moneague Community Centre.
Chief Health Inspector at the St. Ann Health Department, Leroy Scott explained at the monthly Parish Council meeting, on July 14, that the health centre would be closed for approximately two to three months.
“The Health Department would like to express their gratitude to all those persons who have contributed to making it possible for the clinic to continue in Moneague while the repairs are taking place. The efforts of the political representatives, the business and general community in Moneague enabled the preparation of the temporary site and prevented any dislocation in terms of clinic services which may have occurred due to the temporary closure." Mr. Scott said.
He noted that the rehabilitation work falls under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Storm Recovery Grant, and commended the agency for reaching out to the community of Moneague.
The scope of work to be carried out at the health centre includes repairs to the roof and bathroom, as well as fencing, and painting of the building.
Additionally, a refrigerator and a computer will be provided, and termite treatment and landscaping conducted. Improvements will also be carried out to accommodate a pharmacy.
The Moneague Health Centre is a Type II facility, which offers services such as curative, mental health, and general medical care.
By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter