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Mould removed from three more floors at Cornwall Regional

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

Workmen carrying out repairs to Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay have cleared mould from three more floors as work to restore the Type A facility to full operational strength continues.

Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, the regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority, made the announcement on Monday.

"The eighth, ninth, and tenth floor areas at CRH have been decontaminated for mould. The internal walls that were affected have been identified and demolished, and the new design document (for those floors) has been drafted," said Douglas.

"The expansion of the trauma area at the CRH's Accident and Emergency Department, to accommodate more emergency cases, has commenced. This is estimated to be completed within another five weeks," Douglas added. "Also, the selection process for engineers to redesign the fifth floor's operating theatres has commenced, and the two operating theatres on the fourth floor are being used in the interim."

 

NOXIOUS FUMES

 

Operations at the CRH came to a standstill last year when noxious fumes from the ventilation system forced the medical staff to vacate the hospital's first three floors. Several persons reported skin discomfort and burning of the eyes as a result of the fumes.

Tests by the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization subsequently revealed that the offensive fumes were caused by fibreglass particles from the ventilation system becoming loose from previous efforts to clean the system in 2016.