The discovery of mold and fungus inside, the Marigot Hospital has forced its temporary closure, health authorities say.
“It is with regret that the Ministry of Health and Environment informs the general public about the temporary closure of the Marigot Hospital,” a government press release said on Thursday. “The Ministry took such a decision after the discovery of mold and fungus within the structure of the building.”
The release said the closure was taken in the best interest of the staff, clients and the public after careful consideration and consultation with relevant authorities.
“In the meantime, the services provided by the Marigot Hospital have been moved to the Wesley Health Center,” it stated. “Since the closure last week of the Marigot Hospital, officials of the Ministry have been working overtime to find a building in the area properly suited to house a medical facility.”
A press conference will be held on Friday to give an update on that matter.
The Marigot Hospital was first shut down in 2014 because of a severe termite infestation.
At a press conference on May 6, 2015, Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux said a new hospital for Marigot is on the cards because it is a policy decision of the government.
A meeting of the residents of Marigot is expected to take place on Thursday evening to discuss the matter.
MP for Marigot Lennox Linton said that the government is using the Marigot Hospital to play politics with him and the United Workers Party.
“So the Marigot Hospital now has become an avenue where they are hoping to embarrass Lennox Linton by talking about whether or not he is representing the interest of his constituency,” he said on Q95 on Wednesday.