A temporary Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit is to be installed at the Marigot Hospital more than a month after the facility was shut down due to a severe termite infestation.
Emergency procedures are now being done at the Wesley Health Center but project manager for the reconstruction of the hospital, Sylvester Henderson, told Dominica News Online (DNO), that a temporary set up is being done at the hospital itself.
“We are doing this thing in phases,” he said. “What we are doing right now is we are going to do a temporary emergency set-up downstairs of the hospital itself.”
He noted that estimates are now being done for the repair of the hospital “and we are going through the approval for the project funding,” he stated.
“I think that by next week we may be able to begin the project itself,” he added.
He pointed out there is a tendering process for the hospital project, which shouldn’t take very long.
“Then from that we should be into construction,” Henderson noted.
The closure of the Marigot Hospital has been a major embarrassment for the ministry of health, with health minister, Julius Timothy, admitting that he is ‘a little annoyed’ over the entire matter.
The cost of repairing the hospital has not yet been ascertained.
Officials say the hospital will remain closed for at least three months.