Residents of Colihaut are thankful they can now benefit from a new Health and Wellness Centre which is expected to enhance the provision of healthcare in that community.
The $1.9 million modern and fully equipped facility was constructed by Montreal Management Consultants Est. (MMCE).
“The journey seemed frustrating at times seeking a site to meet the needs of the people, ensuring access to quality healthcare, but God never fails his people once you trust him,” Parliamentary Representative for the Colihaut Constituency, Catherine Daniel said while addressing the commissioning of the facility on the weekend.
According to her, the building has been erected on a site which once housed a health centre, “a health centre which served us well, but was structurally weak and so we had to move to a residential building to ensure that the health services were maintained in this community.”
Daniel said the community of Colihaut is elated and thankful for this much-needed facility and called on residents to demonstrate their appreciation by taking care of it.
“Let each one of us be a guard to protect the facility from vandalism,” Daniel advised. “This is ours; it will serve everyone regardless of religion or political affiliation.”
Acting Minister for Health, Kent Edwards said healthcare delivery has remained the priority of the Ministry of Health and in spite of the adverse situation which arose, the ministry has always been able to provide healthcare to its people and has never discontinued any of its infrastructural projects.
“Instead, we have used the opportunity to set new standards, approaches to many of the projects and the way of doing things generally,” he noted.
He said the government has constructed 12 health and wellness centres and so far 6 have been commissioned.
Edwards stated that the Health and Wellness Centre in Colihaut is the 7th to be commissioned, “following this we are scheduling for the commissioning of the Penville/Bagatelle, Anse De Mai, Newtown and Soufriere [health centres].”
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