In continuing efforts to upgrade Community Health services, the Health Care Agency is embarking on major refurbishment projects on two of the five regional health centres in the country.

Local contractors have been awarded contracts to effect refurbishment and remodeling works at the English River Health Centre and to renovate the entire wastewater system at the Anse Boileau Health Centre.

Work on the English River Health Centre has begun since earlier June and involves an extension to add eight rooms. These will compliment and better accommodate health care services delivered at this health centre.

The Accident and Emergency section undergo an expansion of its present area to include an improved observation room complete with toilet and sluice facilities. Upon completion, the section will have increased space and facilities to cope with increased emergency cases; thus facilitating the movements and upgraded flow of work for the health care professionals.

Other renovation works involve the overall redecoration, fungal treatment and repainting of the entire health center.

At Anse Boileau Health Centre the entire wastewater and drainage system will be overhauled to include new man holes, drainage lines, inspection chambers, septic tanks and a field drain system for the final disposal of waste underground.

The present and existing system is currently unable to effectively manage the collection, draining and disposal of all the wastewaters that the health center facility is producing. The plateau area has a high water table, meaning that the current soakaway pits are flooded whenever there is high tide and this is aggravated during the rainy season. The new drainage system will provide for raised manholes and sewer lines and drain fields will be more appropriate for the effective containment of all wastewaters.

The other project for Anse Boileau health center is the renovation of the on call doctor’s house. The scope of works has already been tendered out and potential contractors have until the 12th June to submit their quotations after which tender analysis and approval to go ahead will be carried out.

Members of the public are being asked to understand and give out their full support and cooperation whilst the renovation works are being carried out.

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