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St. Ann’s Bay Hospital to be Expanded at a Cost of $140 Million

first_img The project will provide additional theatre facility and recovery area Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, on Friday, August 30, broke ground for the expansion of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann at a cost of $140 million.The project, which is being funded by the National Health Fund (NHF), will provide additional theatre facility and recovery area, and improve overall care to patients.Phase one will cost some $59 million and will entail construction of a 3,572- square foot building, which will house two additional theatre sites, staff lounge, and consultants’ offices, along with a six-bed recovery area.The scope of work includes construction of a thick concrete roof and traditional reinforced block walls with specialised walls and floor finishes, installation of central air conditioning units as well as relevant sanitary fixtures, and commissioning of medical gases, surgical lights, and a fire protection system.Phase two will run concurrently with phase one, and involves the acquisition of mainly surgical equipment and furniture.Dr. Ferguson said that the expansion is needed, as it will better enable the hospital to serve residents of the parish and adjoining areas. The institution caters to persons in St. Ann, while patients are referred from St. Mary, Portland, Trelawny, Clarendon, St. Catherine, and St. Andrew.“The St. Ann’s Bay Hospital is experiencing an increase in the number of surgeries from a little over 2, 700 in 2008, to more than 3,000 by 2011.  The hospital serves a population of approximately 365,000. It was when I visited… in 2012 and saw the conditions in the accident and emergency department that I decided that we would begin work immediately to make improvements to the facility. I know the importance of having good service and facilities, and my commitment is to put the health sector and the people of Jamaica on the path to achieving our National Development Goals outlined in Vision 2030,” Dr. Ferguson stated.He said that the project should be completed by the end of this financial year, and urged the contractor to “ensure that we get value for money through the provision of the highest quality service that you can offer. Complete the work within the timeframe, and ensure that it is done within the budgetary boundaries established.”In the last calendar year, the Government spent some $375 million on infrastructure improvement projects in the public health sector.This year, over $500 million has been expended for upgrading work at health facilities, Minister Ferguson informed. This year, over $500 million has been expended for upgrading work at health facilities Phase one will cost some $59 million and will entail construction of a 3,572- square foot building Story Highlightslast_img read more

Former Esgenoopetitj chief arrested over alleged sex crimes

first_img(Wilbur Dedam. Government of New Brunswick photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former chief of Esgenoopetitj was arrested by New Brunswick RCMP officers Wednesday on allegations of committing sex crimes dating back to 1977, APTN National News has learned.Wilbur Dedam, 56, was driving back from a trip to the Miramichi, NB, when he was pulled over by an RCMP cruiser before he reached the boundary of his reserve. An eye-witness said he was handcuffed and put into the back of the RCMP cruiser.Dedam is scheduled to appear in Miramichi provincial court Thursday.The RCMP said in a press statement that officers arrested a 56 year-old man from the community on sex crime allegations. The statement said the crimes dated from 1977 to 1996 and that three alleged victims had stepped forward. The RCMP would not confirm the identity of the individual.The investigation began in March.Dedam was running for a councillor spot on the band council at the time of his arrest.He was at the end of a two year ban preventing him from running for council imposed by former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan in 2011.The ban was triggered by an investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by Dedam and other councillors around elections.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more