Progress at the mini-hospital in Central Abaco has resumed once again with landscaping underway and some final work being completed in preparation for equipment to be installed.
North Abaco Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary, Renardo Curry, said “Work at the Mini hospital has commenced once again and is anticipated to be completed by May of this year.”
He said that presently the landscape is being carried out by Cay Management Ltd., the local company that won the bidding process.
Mr. Curry said that as it relates to the completion of the inside of the medical facility, “It is expected that all remaining works will be completed and the necessary equipment installed by May of this year.”
He said that Minister of Health Perry Gomez made an announcement last week concerning the government borrowing additional money to facilitate the purchase of equipment for both the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau and the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Also included in the seven million to be borrowed is equipment for the family islands.
Mr. Curry also stated that he has encouraged the Ministry of Health to seek to fill staffing needs with local Abaconians as much as possible.
He said “We thank the government for its commitment to complete this much needed hospital for the people of Abaco.”
Construction began on the $12 million 32,000 square foot building in April of 2012 and was to be built over a 60 week (A year and two months) period.
The project was said to be prolonged due to some technical difficulties. The new anticipated completion date puts the construction time just over four years.