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  • Plans are far advanced for extensive refurbishing of the male ward of the Westmoreland Infirmary, located in the capital of Savanna-la-Mar.
  • The Minister explained that the project is part of plans by the Ministry to enhance the health care delivery and overall comfort of inmates at the facility, which is over 100 years old.
  • Mr. Arscott also announced that the Matron’s quarters will be given special attention.

Plans are far advanced for extensive refurbishing of the male ward of the Westmoreland Infirmary, located in the capital of Savanna-la-Mar.

This was announced by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, after touring sections of the parish on August 20.

The Minister explained that the project is part of plans by the Ministry to enhance the health care delivery and overall comfort of inmates at the facility, which is over 100 years old.

“The situation is that the existing facilities have deteriorated badly over the years.  We are therefore proposing to knock the entire structure down and erect a more modern facility, similar to the present female ward. We are now tying up arrangements with the CHASE Fund, which will partner with the Ministry in terms of the construction cost,” the Minister said.

Mr. Arscott also announced that the Matron’s quarters will be given special attention. “We intend, as best as possible, to upgrade this facility, where our unfortunate Jamaican citizens have to live.  I believe that the hallmark of our nation is how best we take care of our unfortunate citizens (both our very young and old) and that is why, as a focus, we are upgrading all the facilities right across Jamaica,” he said.