Isolation Center ready to receive patients – Minister Browne

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The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday May 7, 2020 announced the completion of the isolation center at Argyle.

Three companies were contracted to complete the retrofitting work on the facility, which began in March this year.

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Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne has advised that the center can now receive patients.

Speaking on Facebook on Monday (May. 11), Browne said, “the Honourable Prime Minister visited the Isolation Centre earlier today. The facility is ready to receive patients if necessary.”

Isolation facility to be handed over today

The new isolation centre (right) and the dining and accommodation buildings on the left (Searchlight photo)

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The facility has been retrofitted to accommodate 24 patients with 14 upstairs and 10 downstairs. The center also comprises of support facilities for 12 medical staff and the preparation of food.

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The upper floor will house men and the lower, women.

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The National Insurance Services (NIS) has contributed $750,000 of the estimated $1.55 million budget for the equipping and refurbishing of the facility.
MESA (Medical Supplies & Equipment Abroad) a branch of Rotary Ohio, through the Rotary Club of St. Vincent South, donated a container of supplies including hospital beds, surgical equipment, medical supplies, wheel chairs, walking canes and other items to the facility.

 

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The government has noted that the facility will be used in instances of severe cases of COVID-19.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded seventeen cases of COVID-19. As of May 11, there were 8 active cases and 9 recoveries.