The Marigot Hospital will remain closed for at least three months following a severe case of termite infestation.
Health minister, Julius Timothy, said he is “a little annoyed” over the entire matter.
“Those things don’t (happen) overnight,” he said. “From there they should have informed the permanent secretary, the chief medical officer …we should have been brought up to speed on that.”
He noted that cupboards at the facility have been removed, National Pest Control has sprayed the building and the entire ceiling has to be replaced.
“A lot of work has to be done,” he said. “The Marigot Hospital will not be operational for about three months.”
The hospital has been closed for two weeks now after the discovery of the infestation by the termites, locally known as Wood Ants.
The cost of repairing the hospital has not yet been ascertained.
Chief medical officer, Dr. David Johnson, has vowed to have services restored “in the shortest possible time.”
Emergency procedures are presently being done at the Wesley Health Center and patients have been transferred to the Portsmouth Hospital.