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$15-m perimeter fence for Hope Institute (Source: The Jamaica Observer)

$15-m perimeter fence for Hope Institute (Source: The Jamaica Observer)

 

THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has commenced fencing of the Hope Institute in St Andrew as it seeks to improve security at the facility.

The hospital sits on approximately 2.4 acres of land and so the fence will also serve to enhance the existing 24-hour security. There have been security breaches at this facility in the past and so this project is designed to ensure the safety and security of the staff, patients and visitors,” said SERHA Board Chairman Dr Andrei Cooke.

The perimeter fence being erected will be 481.82 metres long and is funded by the National Health Fund at a cost of $15 million.

Work is expected to be completed in another six months.

In addition, Dr Cooke said the health authority was also looking at installing security lighting at the facility to further enhance security.

“We are committed to identifying the weakness at our facilities so that they can be addressed in a timely manner,” he said.

The Hope Institute is one of five speciality hospitals that fall under the responsibility of the South East Regional Health Authority. It is a 40-bed facility that offers oncology services to the public.

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