Residents in Greenwich Town, South West St. Andrew, and its environs, are to benefit from a new state-of-the-art health facility, the Oak Glades Health Centre, that has been constructed in that community.
The facility, which houses several spacious air-conditioned rooms, will soon be opened to the public.
It was built with assistance from the United States (US) Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Programme, at a cost of US$550,000.
Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, who toured the facility today (February 23), noted that the clinic is strategically located and most importantly, will serve a wide range of people.
“It is going to relieve Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Victoria Jubilee and a number of other hospitals in the Corporate Area,” he told JIS News, adding that persons will be able to use this facility, only going to the major facilities when the situation is critical.
“It is a very large clinic and we hope that you will guard this with your lives, protect it and appreciate it,” he urged the residents, adding that the facility will be furnished in short order.
Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, noted that the facility would go a long way in assisting with the healthcare of the people.
“It is a lovely facility, which will be able to accommodate a number of persons per day, in terms of getting treatment,” she said, adding that it would be able “to take some of the pressure off the KPH.”
Mrs. Simpson Miller thanked former US Ambassador to Jamaica, Ms. Brenda LaGrange, the US government and other stakeholders who were integral in the developmental process.
Other members of the touring party were: Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Senator Aundre Franklyn, other health officials and community members.