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Gov't announces plans to repair infirmaries, shelters

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:40 AM
Minister of Local Government Noel Arscott - File

The government is to embark on a multi-million dollar programme to upgrade infirmaries and homeless shelters across the island.



Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, who made the announcement, says the funds have already been identified and that the work will start in the coming year.



Arscott says several infirmaries in St James, Portland, St Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon are to be repaired from a J$250 million allocation out of the National Housing Trust’s revenue surplus.



And he says additional shelters will be provided for homeless persons in St Ann, Clarendon, Kingston and St Andrew, Westmoreland, Hanover and Manchester.



In addition, Arscott says a new infirmary will be built in Portland next year to provide improved living conditions for the indigent, sick, and elderly residents.



He says the islandwide infirmary upgrading project is aimed at ensuring adequate care for the less fortunate members of the society.



The local government minister was speaking at the Youth Mayors’ Luncheon held at his ministry last Wednesday where Zedon Martin, the youth mayor for Portland, appealed for improved facilities for the indigent in that parish.



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