Claudia Gardner, Gleaner Writer
The new Lucea Infirmary in Hanover is now complete and ready to accommodate the 56 inmates still housed in the old structure.
Mayor of Lucea and chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, Shernett Haughton, says the residents could be moved to the new facility by month end.
The facility is located at Watson Taylor Drive in the parish capital at the same site as the old infirmary. It was constructed with funding from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, which provided $20 million and the Ministry of Local Government, which committed $7 million to the initiative.
Haughton says the majority of the 56 inmates will be housed two per room in the new facility. It will also offer private accommodation at a cost to be determined by the local government ministry.
Chairman of the Councilís Poor Relief Committee, Wynter McIntosh, has expressed relief at the completion of the infirmary that began construction in 2008. He says there were several delays during the construction process, which also resulted in the changing of the building contractor who was originally commissioned to build the new facility.
The new infirmary has been constructed in keeping with international standards to meet the needs of persons who are physically challenged. The facility will have its own sewage system in the form of a septic tank with a tile field and the roof has been fitted with industrial grade alu-sheeting for durability.
The new infirmary is also designed with an interior courtyard and a landscaped area for leisure activities.
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