In making the announcement, Minister of Health Hon. Dr Fenton Ferguson underscored government’s commitment to the delivery of high quality health services with emphasis on developing primary care.
He reminded that a Primary Health Care Renewal Policy had been developed paving the way for the Ministry to realign the primary health care network and work has been progressing on a ten-year plan for the health services.
It is against that background, he said, that nearly $660 million had already been committed under his administration to upgrading some 130 public health centres across the island.
“Improvements to these health centres will allow for more persons in the surrounding communities to access health care and better service delivery,” he said.
Member of Parliament for South St James, Hon Derrick Kellier who is also Minister of Labour, Social Security and Agriculture, has welcomed the improvements to be carried out on the health centre, pointing that as the second most important town in the parish, the population of Cambridge was growing rapidly.
In just eleven years, between 2001 and 2012, the population served by the Cambridge Health Centre moved up from 16,126 to 25,000, an increase of 36 percent.
Minister Kellier also pointed to the recent opening of the Fidel Castro Campus of the Anchovy High School just four miles from Cambridge, adding that the health centre will also serve the school’s more than 800 students, teachers and auxiliary staff in addition to eight other schools from Anchovy to Cambridge.
The work to be undertaken by contractor Metal Plus Engineering of Mandeville, includes remodeling of the Pharmacy and Medical Records area, repair leaking roofs and installation of guttering system to collect and properly discharge rain water and installation of suspended ceilings throughout the clinic to minimize noise and heat levels inside the clinic.
There is also to be general refurbishment of the clinic covering painting, plumbing and electrical upgrade, upgrading of the sewage disposal system while addressing inadequate garbage storage and medical waste storage facility.
Provision is also in the contract for increased water storage capacity, upgrading ofthe perimeter fence, to improve security on the compound and installation of relevant signs for the property.
The project will be monitored and managed by a team from the Western Regional Health Authority, comprising the parish manager of St James Health Services; WRHA Director of Operations and Maintenance; WRHA Maintenance Manager and an on-site clerk of works.