The building that will house the flagship, ultra-modern Gouyave Health Centre is now complete and it is anticipated that the facility will become operational in the next few months. This was released in a press release from the Government.
The release said that the new facility, constructed at the foot of Dr Belle in Gouyave, Saint John, boasts of diagnostic services such as x-ray, ultrasound and laboratory, pharmacy, dental, maternity, theatre, and an observation room for patients, to complement a host of other medical and public health services.
Senior health officials including the Minister for Health and Social Security, Hon Nickolas Steele, as well as the project’s architect and contractors, toured the facility last week.
Minister Steele is optimistically looking forward to the handover of the building within the next three months, followed by the occupation process.
He said “the Gouyave Health Centre is the first climate smart health facility to be constructed on island from design upwards, while others like the Hillsborough Health Centre and the Princess Alice and Princess Royal Hospitals, were retrofitted to be climate resilient.”
The new facility represents a significant level of investment with respect to primary health care. Minister Steele said the building speaks for itself in terms of the amount of time, thought and effort that went into having what he called the first polyclinic on island. He is confident that it will make a tremendous difference with respect to the delivery of primary health care services and addressing minor triage emergencies for the entire western corridor.
Underscoring the importance of primary healthcare, the Minster indicated that the facility would provide all the key elements for the delivery of primary healthcare services. He anticipates that the facility will be fully operational and serving the community before the end of 2021.
Lorna Charles, the Grenadian architect who oversaw the design and construction of the facility, said they have accomplished their goal, which was to provide a smart facility that has green architecture, natural lighting and is capable of withstanding natural disasters.
Miss Charles who is employed at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities, Transport and Implementation, said the Gouyave Health Centre is the most modern public facility on island. “We have incorporated modern building materials and technology in this medical facility never before used on the island of Grenada”, she explained.
Like Minister Steele, Charles is hopeful that the facility is operational before year end, and she identified parking lots, security and data systems as the only things left to be done.