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Central Village Health Centre to be upgraded

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

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Improvement work is to be undertaken at the Central Village Health Centre, in St Catherine.

This follows a visit to the facility on Monday by Minister of State with Responsibility for Primary Health Care Infrastructure Luther Buchanan, with a view to determining what improvements can be carried out.

Among the needs highlighted by staff include a security fence and an additional room for patient care.

According to Buchanan, the health ministry is not in a position to give a cost to undertake the necessary work needed at the facility.

"The project will have to be scoped and that will determine where we are with the cost, but for sure it will be attended to," Buchanan said.

"Even though it's a type one facility, by virtue of the population, one of the options to improvement, outside of the aesthetics, is to bring a doctor in for visiting...at least once per month," the junior minister said.

Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott said there is need for a doctor at the facility.

"This clinic serves Windsor Heights, Central Village, Glade, Caymanas Bay and Caymanas Estate. In total that could be in excess of about 30,000 residents that are served by this clinic," Scott said, adding that currently, about 400 patients are treated at the centre per month.

More than $620 million has been spent since 2012 to improve the primary healthcare infrastructure across the island.

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