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  • The facility was closed two years ago due to damage sustained following the passage of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The community clinic was renovated at a cost of $3.5 million by the Government through the National Health Fund (NHF).
  • Dr. Ferguson said the reopening of the Trinityville Health Centre was symbolic of the Government’s continued focus on the delivery of quality health care and rural development.

Residents of Trinityville in St. Thomas will no longer have to travel long distances to access healthcare, following Thursday’s (June 27) reopening of the community clinic by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.

The facility, which was closed two years ago due to damage sustained following the passage of Hurricane Sandy, was renovated at a cost of $3.5 million by the Government through the National Health Fund (NHF).

Dr. Ferguson said the reopening of the Trinityville Health Centre was symbolic of the Government’s continued focus on the delivery of quality health care and rural development.

“We are working towards establishing quality care. It is very clear that when we have improvement in the health sector, we have improvement in the productivity of our citizens. When we have improvement in the productivity of our citizens, it means that we are on our way to world class development,” he said.

The reopening of the Type II health centre, which caters to over 500 patients on a monthly basis, will now ease the burden, which was placed on the Seaforth and  Fonthill facilities, which filled the gap during its closure.

The refurbishing works, which mainly involved reroofing and tiling of the floor, fell under the ambit of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA). Acting Board Chairman, Dr. Andrei Cooke, described the improvement as “another milestone…as we continue to upgrade health facilities that fall under our jurisdiction”.

“One of SERHA’s main goals is to ensure that all our patients, who seek healthcare services, do so in an atmosphere that is conducive to optimal healthcare delivery. Against the background, we have overhauled some 40 health centres, which fall under our responsibility. This is in keeping with the Minister of Health’s thrust to cause and enact primary health care renewal,” he said.