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JAMAICA | Timeline for completion of CRH Moves to August 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 2, 2018 - The timeline for the completion of rehabilitative work on the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, has been pushed back to August of next year.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton initially projected that the work would be completed by November this year. The new timeline was announced at a media briefing at the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning.
According to Chairman of the CRH Rehabilitation Oversight Committee, Professor Archibald McDonald,  a comprehensive refurbishing of the building will be a complex task, so the ministry will work towards the new timeline.
Professor McDonald, who was providing an update on the work of the Committee at a press briefing held today (August 2) at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Health, said the rehabilitation work should be completed by August 2019.
when completed, the rehabilitation work at Cornwall Regional could cost taxpayers in excess of the $2 billion projected to complete as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett-Templer, said the programme's management team is fine tuning the cost of the work.
"We have had consultants on the job doing various assessments and design work, which then has to be costed by a quantity surveyor to come up with the final cost. So, it's a little preliminary to put that final tab on the cost," she said.

Professor Archibald McDonald assured that when the project is finished, the mould problem and air quality issues will be solved and the hospital will be better than before.

He said primary healthcare in the area where the hospital serves has seen an increase of 6.5 per cent since February, which suggests that some of the patients “were redirected to primary care facilities”.

Since establishment of the Committee in May, members have held five meetings, two each month, to ensure accountability in the restoration of the hospital.

Permanent Secretary Sancia Bennett Templer, lauded the support staff at the various health institutions in the region, who are giving extensive service to ensure that “our population in the West is getting the best care that we can provide at this time”.

The CRH is undergoing renovation to address the problem of noxious fumes emanating from an old ventilation system. In addition to addressing the vent system, the project also involves plumbing and electrical work, and rearranging of the facility to ensure a more efficient layout in order to administer better and more efficient patient care.

The Committee’s mandate includes reviewing reports on the delivery of clinical services at the hospital, covering on-site and off-site locations to which services have been relocated, and providing recommendations to the Minister of Health on matters related to the execution of the project.

Members also monitor compliance and progress in relation to the implementation of key project areas, and ensure that any required strategic changes are undertaken in a timely manner, so that the rehabilitation works are not delayed.

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