Smart Hospital Phase Two
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:32

The Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) is ready to commence Phase 2 of the SMART Health Care Facilities in the Eastern Caribbean Project.

On Thursday 31st August 2017, the Ministry, the project supporting partners, and stakeholders held a technical and kick off meetings to officially commence work at the Chateaubelair Hospital. At the meeting, PAHO also introduced the Contractor for the project, FRANCO Construction, and conditions for the implementation of the project.

Phase II of the SMART Health Care Facilities in the Eastern Caribbean Project officially commenced on 10th June 2015 and will be implemented in the four Windward islands, namely Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, and three other countries, Jamaica, Guyana, and Belize over a period of five (5) years to June 2020.
The project is being financially supported by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Department, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, in each target country.

On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September 2017, the Ministry also convened back to back townhall meetings in Union island and Mayreau respectively. Residents had an opportunity to give input on the retrofitting of the Union Island Hospital and the Mayreau Health Centre.

An overview of the project components was presented at both meetings by the local focal point for the project, Health Planner David Latchman, who said that "The aim of the project is to support the Governments of the selected Caribbean countries to assess and prioritize vulnerability reduction investments in their health facilities. The support provided by DFID will allow us to ensure that critical health facilities in the Caribbean are safer and are incorporating green practices that will allow them to adapt to the effects of climate change, already evident in the Region"

At least 7 health facilities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have been targeted, and will be retrofitted to help reduce the down time and potential damage to the facility in the event of a disaster. The interventions will also reduce operational expenditure with water and energy management improvements and ensure energy and water security to support continuous healthcare delivery in the event of a major disaster.

The discussions on the initial design was facilitated by Mr Ronnie Lettsome and Alex Williams, PAHO Consultants, while brief remarks were made by Ms. Anneke Wilson, PAHO In-Country Specialist, and  Dr. Audrey Gittens, Director of Special Projects in the Ministry of Health.

SOURCE: Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment




Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne