The appointment of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) is expected to be made soon.
This is according to Minister of Health, St Clair ‘Jimmy’ Prince who, in making the announcement also alluded to some much-needed refurbishment work to be done at the medical facility in the coming year.
Prince offered no further details regarding the CEO position, preferring to elaborate on the physical work to be done at the MCMH.
“Repair and maintenance work at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital has been deferred for too long,” Prince said during his contribution to the 2021 Budget Debate between February 1st and 4th, 2021.
He described the allocation of EC$1.5 million in the 2021 budget as being support for the implementation of the second phase of the rehabilitation of the country’s primary tertiary health care institution.
Among the work to be conducted are: completion of repairs to the outpatient and accident and emergency departments; replacement of broken windows; repairs and retrofitting to plumbing, roofing, flooring and electrical wiring.
Contractors have already been earmarked and work was expected to begin soon, the health minister said.
In his presentation, Prince also spoke of government’s intention to construct a modern geriatric facility.
He reminded the House of Assembly that in 2019 a temporary facility was constructed on the site of the former Nurses’ Hostel in Kingstown to accommodate the relocated residents of the Louis Punnett Home at Glen.
According to Prince, it had become evident that the facility as it existed at the former site was inadequate, and with an estimated 17.3 percent of the nation’s population between the age of 55 and 85, government had identified the need to construct a modern geriatric facility, to house up to 130 residents.
An amount of EC$400,000 had been allocated towards the demolition of the existing physical structure at Glen, along with design plans for the new home.