The Jamaican Government is committing a whopping $180 million to improve the services offered at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary, through the construction of a new laboratory and physiotherapy building.
According to the Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, the construction will last for 14 months, and that “we must ensure that we spread the development so that if people know that they get good services in Annotto Bay because there is a hospital there and all the critical services, then people are going to settle here and the quality of life is going to be as anywhere else.”
Tufton was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 12, and according to JIS News, he said his Ministry has been very careful in looking at examining the gaps in the health system and have developed a plan to create a level of “quality access” so that people can be served without making long treks to the capital city for health services.
The new building at the hospital will also house a blood bank, a conference room, and the office of the Senior Medical Officer for the parish.
Financing for the new building is being provided by the National Health Fund (NHF).
Shannon Dale Reid