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  • The Spanish Government has extended a helping hand in the post Hurricane Ivan reconstruction effort.
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR), Danville Walker, and Spanish Ambassador, Rafael Jover recently toured buildings repaired through the assistance of the Spanish Government.
  • They examined the repaired ceilings and roofs at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Area 4 Police Headquarters in Downtown Kingston, and the Anti-crime Unit on Ruthven Road in St. Andrew.

The Spanish Government has extended a helping hand in the post Hurricane Ivan reconstruction effort.

Chief Executive Officer of the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR), Danville Walker, and Spanish Ambassador, Rafael Jover recently toured buildings repaired through the assistance of the Spanish Government.

They examined the repaired ceilings and roofs at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Area 4 Police Headquarters in Downtown Kingston, and the Anti-crime Unit on Ruthven Road in St. Andrew.

The repairs were effected at a cost of $10.9 million.

The total value of the Spanish Government’s contribution to the reconstruction programme is $19 million.

Repairs at the Bustamante Hospital for Children were done at a cost of $1.2 million, while repairs at the Anti-crime Unit and the Area 4 Police Headquarters were $2.9 million and $6.8 million, respectively.

Of the repairs at the hospital, Ambassador Jover said that “with something like this, we are particularly happy just to have been able to do something, just to be able to help”.

Chief Executive Officer at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Beverly Needham expressed her gratitude to Ambassador Jover, noting that the organization looked forward to a continued relationship with the Spanish Government.

“We are very happy that the Spanish Government, through the ONR, has been able to assist us, and even moreso, now that we’re in another hurricane season. This certainly has helped us to be more ready for the season,” she said.

Meanwhile, at the Area 4 Headquarters, Superintendent Rosalee McDonald-Barker noted that the repairs had made a significant improvement in the working conditions of the officers at that location.

The entire roof of the building had to be replaced.

Also taking part in the tour was the Deputy Spanish Ambassador, Jaume Segura.

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