|Construction of Perimetre Fence at Princess Margaret Hospital a part of Steps to Improve Security at Health Facilities|
|Monday, 11 February 2013 09:32|
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson says the construction of the perimeter fencing at the Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas is one of a number of steps being taken by the Ministry of Health to improve security at health facilities.
Dr. Ferguson was speaking at the ground breaking for phase one of the construction of the perimetre fencing this morning. Phase one entails the construction of the eastern side of the fence as well as the entrance area at a cost of $13.6 million. The work is expected to last approximately eight weeks. Phase two should begin soon.
“We have had gunmen invading and creating havoc at a number of health facilities including Princess Margaret, Spanish Town, Cornwall Regional, May Pen and Kingston Public Hospitals and well as the Bustamante Hospital for Children, St. Jago and Rollington Town Health Centres. Security has therefore always been on the agenda for us in the health sector. We have made marked improvement in securing many of these facilities,” Dr. Ferguson said.
The Minister also disclosed that the Government has had some support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) towards security arrangements and discussions have started where this is concerned.
“We cannot have instances where persons come not because they are well but because they are sick and compromised and while in this state they have additional problems from criminals. It is our responsibility to do what is necessary for their safety. People should be able to come to the hospital to find peace and wellness,” Dr. Ferguson stated.
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