|$5.7 Million Spent to Refurbish Wards at the Bustamante Hospital for Children|
|Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:53|
Approximately $5.7 Million has been spent to rehabilitate two Wards at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson this morning officially reopened the Wards – the Burn Unit and the Surgical Ward 2 at a function held on the grounds of the hospital.
Dr. Ferguson indicated that the refurbishing is a part of the Government’s drive to improve health care delivery at all levels as well as respond to the growing demand being experienced by the facility.
“In recent times, we have been experiencing a surge in patient visits to Bustamante Hospital and so we recognise that accommodation has to be made for this increase. It is essential that as the only specialist pediatric facility in the English Speaking Caribbean the Bustamante Hospital is equipped to manage this increasing number of children and their parents and guardians,” he said.
Ward 2 houses surgical patients and holds twenty five (25) beds. The work on Ward 2 was done at a value of $2.5 million and includes painting, carpentry, tiling, electrical work and refurbishing of cribs and bedside tables.
The work on the Burn Unit was done at a cost of $3.2 million and includes painting, carpentry, tiling, electrical work, bathroom renovation and roofing. The Burn Unit provides holistic treatment for patients suffering from all types of burns including flame, scald, electrical and chemical. The unit currently has fifteen (15) beds.
Dr. Ferguson said “with this refurbished ward, we hope to house children in a comfortable atmosphere which is more conducive to their care and recovery.”
The work on these two areas began in December last year.
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