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Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says work on the final phase of the National Housing Trust (NHT) $200-million infirmary improvement project is “well under way”.

Making his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 21), Mr. McKenzie said construction of the new female ward at the Manchester Infirmary has concluded, while work on the new administrative building at the St. Elizabeth Infirmary is almost complete.

In addition, he advised that work is far advanced on a new female ward at the Portland Infirmary, a new male ward at the St. James Infirmary, and the new male ward and matron’s quarters at the Westmoreland Infirmary.

These projects are slated to be completed by the end of the 2020/21 fiscal year, next March.

Mr. McKenzie also informed the House that the first of several therapeutic parks to be built at infirmaries islandwide will be constructed in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth.

He explained that the parks will facilitate therapeutic recreation that caters to the well-being of persons with disabilities, chronic illnesses and other challenges resulting from advanced age.

“So these facilities will offer some level of relaxation for residents in the infirmaries,” the Minister said.

Additionally, Mr. McKenzie informed that dieticians and physiotherapists have been recruited and assigned to all infirmaries, in keeping with an announcement made last year.

He noted that the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has provided the funding for hiring these professionals, with specialist care already being offered to residents at four infirmaries.

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