The $12 million Central Abaco Mini-Hospital has drawn close to being finished, but presently work has stopped due to a lack of payment to the contractor.
Construction began in April 2012 and was slated to be completed in 60 weeks (by June 2013); however, that and other deadlines have come and gone without a word from the government up to press time on when it will now be completed.
Meanwhile the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic building’s condition continues to deteriorate bringing with it concerns of its ability to continue serving the needs of the growing community.
Sources indicate that the contractor, Coastline Construction, has not been paid since February of this year. Despite lack of payment, Coastline worked on the hospital until early July.
It was also said that the facility is about 90 percent finished and that the majority of work left to complete entails interior work as adjustments may be required to suit the medical equipment when it arrives.
Former Minister of Health, Dr. Hubert Minnis, said in 2012 that the construction of the community hospital will replace the existing clinic in Marsh Harbour.
“Through the Public Hospitals Authority, the facility will provide improvements and advancements in tele-medicine and tele-radiology for this area; it will allow for the rotation of specialists in New Providence to Marsh Harbour, while also allowing for the bridging and expansion of electronic medical records, numerous outpatient surgical procedures and expanded ante-natal care delivery.
“All residents of Abaco, including those who presently access private health services will benefit from the new and expanded services this facility will provide,” Dr. Minnis added.
Meanwhile an identical facility was built in Exuma, which started construction around the same time, and is closer to opening. Minister of State for Finance, Michael Halkitis conducted a tour on September 20 to inspect the facility which has medical equipment installed.