Portmore Mayor Hopes Public Hospital Will Be A Reality
Portmore’s first citizen, Mayor Leon Thomas, is hoping to deliver on the long-talked-about construction of a major public hospital for the municipality and is taking steps to make it a reality.
He said the physical development of the dormitory community – the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean – is needed now more than ever.
“There is a need for the construction of such a hospital. Portmore is ever growing in population and we need to keep pace with the physical infrastructure, and key to this is a proper public hospital facility,” Thomas said.
On-And-Off Portmore Hospital Still In Pipeline, Says Mayor
The much-talked-about hospital for Portmore, St Catherine, is still on the cards, insists Mayor Leon Thomas, with discussion around the subject said to be at an embryonic stage.
The memorandum of understanding was signed between CayJam and the Portmore Municipality, according to the company's website, to construct a Type A hospital, which would comprise a 64- to 120-bed multi-speciality tertiary hospital, featuring the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment and information technology systems. The cost of the project was estimated at the time to be around US$40 million (J$2.7 billion).
"Yes, the project is still alive. In fact, it is to be much different and better than before. But I think it would be premature to open it up to the public now. There is a lot of information out there, and we had to make some adjustments, especially with George Lee's passing," he said.(Mayor Leon Thomas)