|Minister of Health, Donville Inniss??|
When the St. John Polyclinic is opened later this year, it will be the most modern health care facility on the island.
This was reiterated recently by Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, who added that plans were moving smoothly along on the much discussed project. "…the remedial work has been completed, the walls and preparation for the roof have also been completed, so I am satisfied that the contractors are moving with good speed on this project," he explained.
According to him, the new clinic will also serve as a community centre and will house Government agencies like the Welfare Department, Constituency Councils and a library, as well as a community gym and amphitheatre.
"It’s more than health care we are providing [We are] taking total care of the community as far as possible…There will be the usual services provided at all of our polyclinics in terms of dental services, podiatry, maternal and child health services…mental health services and family planning services.
"…we [will] now have a facility that you can bring residents in for all the educational programmes that we need to embark on in that particular community, and I imagine that this will also then have spill over benefits into the catchment areas right outside of St. John," the Health Minister added.
The facility, which is projected to cost some $17 million dollars, should cater to approximately 10,000 patients per year, considerably reducing the number of persons attending other polyclinics throughout the island.??