By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Works on the Alexandra Hospital Expansion Project is continuing apace so notes Premier and Minister of Health the Hon. Mark Brantley.
Brantley gave that update on Thursday, July 29, 2022, at his monthly press conference.
“I was told that the windows are being installed. We’re now over 60 percent complete on that. We should expect to have all the windows installed within the next two weeks and the painting of the structure should start as well within the next two to three weeks…so we are really moving to a stage now of having that outward appearance of the hospital.”
The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has been heavily criticized by the opposition for the delay in completion of the Alexandra Hospital Expansion Project that broke ground in May 2017 and had a construction timeline of 18 to 24 months.
“Work has been ongoing on the interior and I am advised that we have received from the consultants over 500 pages of specifications for the interior and that that work is done and those 500 pages of documents are going to be with us today or tomorrow [July 29] being shipped via courier to us so we will now know exactly what the specifications are as we continue to build out the interior of that facility,” Brantley said.
WINN FM contacted Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge, leader of the opposition Nevis Reformation Party for a comment on the matter.
“It is unacceptable that a project that was fully funded at the onset has been allowed to drag on for this long with cost overruns and still no end insight. The people of Nevis deserve better and must be able to benefit from the healthcare services that this project is to provide. Allowing this project to drag on for so long is creating hardship on the people of Nevis who must continue to travel to St. Kitts to seek the healthcare services that they need,” the NRP Leader said.
The NIA broke ground for the project, jointly funded by the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund and the NIA in 2017. Construction began in May 2018. Funding from the SIDF is in the form of half grant and half loan on concessionary terms.