The Roxborough Health Facility is ready and will be handed over to the THA Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development on Saturday.
Health Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine revealed this on Wednesday at the weekly post-Executive Council news conference.
She said: “I would want to report to each and everyone of you that the Roxborough Health Facility, that is the physical infrastructure, is ready to be handed over to the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development.”
She said the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott) has done “basically all of the training, all of the testing of the staff who are to manage the respective facility and once as everything goes well, the facility would be handed over to the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development on the first of May, which is this coming Saturday.”
She said it is expected that the members of the public, “particularly those in East Tobago, in Roxborough to be specific, will start using or utilising the services at the Roxborough Health Care Facility and we are working towards a speedy opening of the hospital, so that again the people of Tobago East can have the required level of services.”
In a press release, the division advised members of the public that the Roxborough Health Centre will begin services at the new Roxborough Health Facility from May 3 at 8am. Hospital services will begin at a later date.
On January 5, the $98 million facility at Bloody Bay Road, Roxborough, built in 18 months, was commissioned.
At its opening ceremony, the Prime Minister said the hospital was built during a time of great economic difficulty, but it needed to be done.
Dr Rowley said, "Just do it. If it needs to be done, if it has to be done, just do it. Sometimes it takes an extra effort, even an extra cost, but just do it.”