Golden Spring Health Centre upgraded
THE JAMAICA Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has completed the upgrading of the Golden Spring Health Centre, which now provides residents with Type II facilities.
The facility which cost J$38.14 million, was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank under its Community Investment Project, the JSIF cost was $34.50 million with a community contribution of $4.33 million, including the provision of the land.
Located at the entrance of Stock Farm Road in Golden Spring, the clinic serves a population of approximately 13,000 across the communities of Brandon Hill, New Garden, Iron River, Mt Pleasant, Mt Prospect, Mt James; Mt Charles, Mt Dakin, Lime Edge, Mt Airy, Halls Green, Duppy Gully, Temple Hall, and Boone Hall.
The upgraded and expanded facility includes new waiting area, records office, examination rooms, public-health nurse office, one dressing room, a treatment room, a sterilisation room, nebulisation room, a medical storage room, and a laundry/utility/storage room.
The centre was previously a Type I Health Centre, which offered child health services, including immunisation as well as ante- and post-natal care and family-planning services.
At the official handover on January 22, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, general manager JSIF said, "we are pleased to note that the objective of securing an upgrade from a Type I to a Type II facility has been achieved."
She noted that the small size and poor condition of the existing building limited the services that could have been offered, but which were in high demand.
Through the Ministry of Health, a doctor and public-health nurse will be added to the staff complement of the upgraded facility.