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  • Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, says the Ministry is moving to institute a professional approach as to how care is provided for the poor, particularly in the infirmaries.
  • To this end, Mr. Arscott announced that a first cohort of persons are engaged in a 16-week professional training programme and will be certified in order to bring the highest level of care to the poor.
  • Mr. Arscott, who was addressing the official opening of the Poor Relief Office in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, on August 4, also pointed out that plans are being looked at to upgrade infirmaries across the island to the level where they could start earning revenue.

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, says the Ministry is moving to institute a professional approach as to how care is provided for the poor, particularly in the infirmaries.

To this end, Mr. Arscott announced that a first cohort of persons are engaged in a 16-week professional training programme and will be certified in order to bring the highest level of care to the poor.

“Once the course is finished they will be certified. So you will  see certified  Poor Relief Personnel and a proper and very efficient machinery, which would place Jamaica as one of the leaders in the world as to how we take care of our unfortunate members,” the Minister said.

Mr. Arscott, who was addressing the official opening of the Poor Relief Office in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, on August 4, also pointed out that plans are being looked at to upgrade infirmaries across the island to the level where they could start earning revenue.

“We are also looking at the possibility of the enterprise being a revenue earner, because you could organize it in a way that persons could leave their loved ones and pay a fee, so that they can be cared for in a proper, safe, clean and decent environment,” the Minister said.

“Therefore, we will look at how we can upgrade the facilities,  so that there can be sections which can be similar to a private wing of a hospital, where persons can actually purchase the services that are required,” he added.

The Santa Cruz Poor Relief Office was constructed at a cost of just over $3 million with funds provided by the St. Elizabeth Parish Council.

The building has offices for the Poor Relief Officers and a representative of Food For The Poor, kitchen and sanitary conveniences.