“Technical issues” have delayed the completion and opening of the $12 million Central Abaco Mini-Hospital, according to North Abaco Minister of Parliament Renardo Curry.
Mr. Curry said that the technical issues were recently resolved and that the government will soon begin the hiring process “within the next few months.”
“We will be seeking to employ as many Abaconians as possible,” he said.
Mr. Curry said he couldn’t give a timeline on how soon, but assured that things were progressing and that the mini-hospital would soon come to completion.
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 while all work appeared to be stalled following a stoppage of work by Coastline Construction after it was reported that they had not received payment for several months.
Sources at the time indicate that the contractor had not been paid since February 2014, but despite the lack of payment, Coastline worked on the hospital until early July.
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.
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.