MONTEGO BAY — The safety of the 108 residents at the St. Ann Infirmary has been given priority, with the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Shahine Robinson, committing $1 million towards the construction of a perimeter wall along the eastern boundary of the facility.
According to Parish Council and Health officials in the parish, the wall will help to keep out undesirables.
Addressing a special meeting of the St. Ann Parish Council, on September 29, Mrs. Robinson pointed out that she has received a letter from the Secretary/Manager outlining the estimates for construction of the wall, adding that its construction is long overdue.
In an interview with JIS News, the State Minister said she would fast track the process, so that construction could begin soon.
"If you look at the Infirmary, you will see that the wall is needed as a matter of urgency, so we intend to act on that immediately," she emphasised.
Meanwhile, Secretary/Manager of the Parish Council, Clinton Gordon, told JIS News that the building of the wall forms part of an ongoing programme being implemented by the Council to make the residents at the infirmary more comfortable.
He pointed out that the Council recently spent over $200,000 to install two solar water heaters at the facility, and that other improvements will take place over time.
By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter