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THREE RURAL HEALTH CENTRES GET POST HURRICANE DEAN REPAIR

THREE RURAL HEALTH CENTRES GET POST HURRICANE DEAN REPAIR

Refurbishing work has been completed on three health centres which received a total grant ofCan$100,000.00 (Ja$6,945,891.51), from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The health centres – Newall Maternity Health Centre in St. Elizabeth, Royal Flat and Bellefield Health Centres in Manchester were damaged by Hurricane Dean last August.

Several of the island’s health facilities within the southern and eastern regions suffered damages following the passage of Hurricane Dean. The National Health Fund (NHF) did an assessment and a priority list of facilities for repairs was created.From the listing, CIDA selected the three centres to receive their funding and their grant was administered by the NHF. According to Mr. Aubrey Blair, Vice President of Finance at the NHF, “This is not the first time the NHF is administering funds for an external agency, we regularly administer grants on behalf of CHASE for projects in the public health sector.”

The repair work on the health centres which was carried out under the supervision of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA),included repairs and replacement of roofing, installation of windows, electrical works, painting, tiling, plumbing, replacement of doors and grills.

Mr. Keith Shakespeare, Regional Director for SRHA says “The damages to the health centres had severely affected service delivery and so the repairs are a welcomed contribution all around and have greatly enhanced staff morale and general patient care.”

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