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Improved conditions at infirmary

Published:Saturday | March 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

After drawing the wrath of Local Government Minister Robert Montague last year regarding the deplorable state and poor health conditions at the Port Antonio Infirmary, Matron Sharon Burke, is being lauded for her efforts.

On July 20 last year, during a high-level meeting in Portland, Montague blasted Matron Burke for the deplorable state at the infirmary, which, among other things, was reportedly heavily infested with flies.

Montague's outburst came in the wake of a damning report submitted by the Ministry of Health, a week prior to his visit.

But in an interview with The Gleaner this week, Montague said conditions at the infirmary had improved and that he was comfortable with the efforts of Matron Burke and her support staff.

Public outrage

Montague explained that various entities had rallied to the cause and needs of the infirmary.

The minister said he was also looking into the possibility of supplying the infirmary with a windmill and solar panels to decrease the cost of electricity.

Included in the The Portland Heath Department's report last year was evidence of insect droppings in kitchen cupboards and the smell of urine.

Montague's outburst caused public outrage at the time.