Union Island to get Smart Hospital

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Residents of Union Island will soon be able to access smart hospital facilities.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE), the Hon. Luke Browne announced that his  ministry will be embarking on a project to have the facility located in Clifton, converted into a smart hospital.

This project will be facilitated through the $4.6m allocated to the MOHWE from the 2020 budget.

Speaking on the #WakeUpCall on Wednesday (Feb. 19), Browne informed that the project will be “tagged onto the health facility in Mayreau as well.”

Browne shared that the objective is to make the hospital “safe, green and climate resilient.”

He explained that the hospital would be free from accidents and hazards; it will be energy efficient and be able to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate, hence the theme, “safe, green and climate resilient”.

“It’s going to be safe, so someone won’t get cut from a sheet of galvanize, it will reduce energy and will have water tanks in case water supply is disrupted.”

Union Island would be the second island in the Grenadines to receive a smart hospital, Bequia being the first.

Chateaubelair and Georgetown are home to the only two smart hospitals on mainland St. Vincent.

Browne shared that Cabinet recently approved a $100,000+ as well as a $200,000+ contract for work to be done at the Sion Hill and Campden Park Clinics respectively.

The Minister ended by reassuring that his ministry is one which is alive and well.

“This is a ministry that is alive and well. We’re rolling and we’re basically just getting started. The truth is, this is building upon a solid foundation that we came out of in 2019.”

“…In 2019, there was a lot of focus on infrastructural development. We had smart hospitals, we had polyclinics being constructed, and these are things that are fundamentally improving access to services and we are topping that up with organizational and administrative reforms and service reforms, to make sure that the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are able to exist in the optimal state of health.”