Negril to get trauma care centre
Taleeni Francis, head of the Hanover Emergency Medical Services (EMS), says he is looking forward to the construction of the much-lobbied - for emergency trauma care centre in the resort town of Negril.
"I am very happy that the Negril area will be getting a trauma centre finally, because with the number of fatalities over the past two years, plus serious injuries in terms of chop-up and building collapse, the trauma care centre is very vital. It is a good move," Francis said.
"Even people from the EMS can benefit in terms of assisting with trauma cases at the facility to keep their skills up," he added.
Last week Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett announced that more than $226 million was being provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund to construct a trauma centre and $6.7 million to purchase an ambulance for the Negril resort area. He also said $21 million was allocated to purchase fogging machines for vector control in Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.
On Sunday the minister told WESTERN STAR that the work on the facility is expected to commence this year.
"It could start this year because we set up this destination assurance council and they are going to be working hard, and it is things like those that they will be focusing on public health and sanitation, coastal management," Bartlett said.
"This is about the integrity of the destination; what is it that people come to your destination for, and to make sure that when they come, there is no second-guessing of the integrity of the experience," he added.