That number is expected to increase to 70 by September inclusive of 16 nurses, five doctors, three pharmacists and two lab technicians.
The much anticipated, and much delayed, mini-hospital was finally, officially opened at a grand ceremony as Prime Minister Perry Christie, along with long-time Abaco nurse Barbara Reckley, cut the ribbons tied around the main entrance of the new Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis inspected the Central Abaco Mini- Hospital as the final work is being completed for the anticipated opening on April 19.
We need to start fixing things ourselves.
North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry, said that the long anticipated Mini-Hospital may be opening its doors as early as June and that the facility would open in phases as they hire staff and bring services online.
A source confirmed this week that no blood work is being carried out at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. Astoundingly, no blood has been collected for approximately three months and counting, according to our source as well as several persons visiting the clinic.
Work was being carried out on the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic early in April. The work focused on repairing the leaky roof.
The Prime Minister announced during the recent presentation of the budget debate that, thanks to VAT, the country has cut its deficit substantially. That’s great; however deficit does not mean our debt – which continues to grow with vigor. It grows because spending continues to outpace what we collect in tax at the expense of the private sector which, Mr. Christie admitted, grew much slower than expected.
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.
There is a great proverb about trees and planning for the future that goes “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” There are not so many great proverbs detailing the benefits of short-sighted cash-grabs, empty promises or political tricks.