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Western Children’s Hospital construction starts June

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer


Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority, said construction of the long-awaited Western Children’s Hospital, which will be located in Montego Bay, is scheduled to begin in June and is expected to be completed in 2021.

Greene was speaking during a press briefing at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) yesterday, following a tour of the Mount Salem-based hospital with Tian Qi, People’s Republic of China’s ambassador to Jamaica.

“Starting in June, it will take 23 months, so it will be for full completion in May 2021,” said Greene. “It will be fully equipped and have all the amenities of a modern hospital.”

“We expect that this project will go on time, and we don’t anticipate any problems. If there are situations that require our intervention, be assured that we will do what is necessary to have the project completed trouble-free and without any hindrance at all,” added Greene.

The governments of Jamaica and The People’s Republic of China will be funding the project.

Upon completion, the seven-storey facility will have space for 220 beds, plus an in-house pharmacy, an emergency room, and a dialysis room. There will also be administrative offices, a food court, and accommodation for workers.

“This children’s hospital is a representation of the goodwill of the Chinese Government and people to the Jamaican Government and people,” said Tian.

“I hope, with the completion of this building, it will improve the healthcare in the region, especially for the younger generation,” the Chinese ambassador added.