Saturday, 11 July 2020

COMMUNITY BEAT: Aerodrome in St. Bess to be upgraded, plus more parish news

St. Mary: Health minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says his ministry has been paying keen attention to gaps in the health-care system and have come up with a plan for “quality access” so ailing citizens can be served in their parishes without having to make the trek into the corporate area to access health services. To that end, the government is investing $180 million to improve the services currently on offer at the Annotto Bay Hospital. At a recent groundbreaking ceremony, Minister Tufton said construction is slated to last for about 14 months. In addition to a new lab and physiotherapy building, the hospital’s new facilities will include a conference room, office space for senior medical staff and a blood bank. 

St. Andrew: Water is life. That remains the simple slogan of the National Water Commission (NWC), which has come to the rescue of scores of residents, recently replacing the Ferry pipeline. Known as the Ferry Eighteen-inch System, it serves communities along Washington Boulevard up to Dunrobin Avenue, interconnecting with a transmission main along Constant Spring Road. Among the communities to be positively impacted are Washington Gardens, Upper Waltham, sections of Molynes Road, Seaward Drive and Olympic Way. NWC president Mark Burnett says the new pipeline forms part of their comprehensive plans for efficient water distribution and to build resiliency and reliability within the network. 

St. Elizabeth: As the transport ministry deepens plans to expand and improve Jamaica’s aviation industry, a number of airport development projects are in the works. According to Minister Robert Montague, the Lionel Denham aerodrome will be upgraded under a reverse public-private partnership. The project is expected to cost taxpayers approximately $103 million. Other domestic aerodromes being eyed for rehabilitation and reactivation include Clarendon’s Vernamfield and the Holland Bamboo airstrip, also located in St. Bess.

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