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Ocho Rios Health Centre repeatedly flooded by rains

Friday, September 21, 2018

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ST ANN, Jamaica — Several employees at the Ocho Health Centre, located on Graham Street, have raised concerns about flooding which occurs at the facility whenever it rains. Employees, who spoke, requesting anonymity, said rains on Monday, September 17, have again highlighted the need for the facility to be moved or for measures to be taken to mitigate the flooding.

Monday when Jamaica was experiencing heavy rains in several parishes, the clinic was flooded, and according to one employee, this is a regular occurrence.

“Whenever the rain falls once it is consistent for ten to fifteen minutes the whole yard is flooded so no one can leave or enter the facility,” one employee told OBSERVER ONLINE adding that this has been happening for years.

“It's just one entry; one way in and one way out,” she said.

She said staff has asked for a walkway to be established to another side of the facility; however this has not been forthcoming.

“We have to wait until the water recede or use garbage bags to enter or leave the facility,” she said.

The employees are now urging the Ministry of Health to fast track plans to have the facility relocated or put measures in place to prevent flooding.

Renae Dixon

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