Green Pond Health Centre to get expansion work
The Ministry of Health, through the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), has approved a J$12.27 million contract to perform much-needed expansion work on the Green Pond Type One Health Centre in St James.
The expansion work, which will be financed through the National Health Fund and which is expected to take approximately 11 months to complete, will include construction of an office for a public health inspector, an increased client waiting area, repair work for bathroom facilities, and roof replacement.
There will also be window redesigning for ventilation in the waiting area, construction of a retaining wall, and general painting and landscaping work.
Regional director of the WRHA, Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, noted that as of 2012, the facility was serving a combined population of 12,667 persons from the communities of Green Pond, Farm Heights, Porto Bello, and Cornwall Courts, up from 8,063 in 2001. He said that the increase in patients necessitated the expansion and repair work to the health centre.
"Our goal is to upgrade the present physical structure in order to provide more efficient and effective health care," said Douglas, who signed the contract for the repair work recently. "The expansion will, therefore, allow this strategically located health centre to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population."
Douglas also said that the provision of a public health inspector's office would allow for better monitoring of environmental factors, including the local sewage system and water supply, that impact residents' quality of health.
"While stepping up our efforts to enhance primary health care, we are also focusing on environment health services, hence the decision to have a public health inspector stationed at Green Pond," said Dr. Douglas.
The Green Pond Type One Health Centre, which was built in 1975, offers a variety of services to include prenatal and postnatal care, phlebotomy, child health, immunisation, nutrition, family planning services and home visits. The centre is expected to remain open to serve the population during the construction period.