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Health Minister reports progress at Cornwall Regional Hospital

Published:Saturday | March 11, 2017 | 11:19 AM
The Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, is reporting that there has been progress as the Government seeks to rectify the crisis at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James resulting from an air conditioning unit emitting noxious fumes.

Tufton yesterday met with staff to update them on the efforts to correct the air quality issues.

He reiterated that the issue was being given high priority and sought to assure that either he or a senior technocrat from the ministry will always be on the ground.

He says a representative from the United Nations Office for Project Services is managing the contracting of services from local and international firms.

Six engineering firms have been shortlisted and given tender documents requesting the cost to design a new system.

The selected firm will be given about three months to complete a design and the suppliers will also be allowed another three months to procure the items.

Tufton also told the staff that while the work is being done on the ventilation system, tender documents will also be prepared for other areas of work on the hospital’s main building.

The expanded scope of the work will include upgrading the piping and electrical systems.

Diagnostics services will also be addressed and will include replacing the X-ray machines and replacing them with digital diagnostic technologies.

Meanwhile, the relocation of the hospital’s services continues.

The West Jamaica Conference is being retrofitted to accommodate at least six additional clinics within the coming week.