Over 5,000 to benefit from new health centre at Blueberry Hill
Over 5,000 persons residing in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara – Berbice) and its environs are expected to benefit from a new $14M health centre being constructed at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden.
Speaking with the News Room at his office on Tuesday, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Dwight John said that Blueberry Hill was selected for the construction of the new facility to help to reduce the burden on other health centres in the region.
“The reason why we built this building in Blueberry Hill is to take off the high concentration from Christiansburg and the one-mile health centres because there are a lot of persons living in these areas,” John said.
The new health facility will be staffed by approximately 20 persons, including a doctor and a midwife and will offer a range of services which will be disclosed when the facility is open, the REO said.
The contract for the construction of the health centre was awarded to SIMCON Engineering in September 2021 and the facility is estimated to be completed by the end of August 2022.
During a visit to the site, the foreman for the project Mr. Burnette told the News Room that the project is over 70 per cent completed with the foundation, walls, framing of the roof and most of the plastering completed.
“The remaining of the building is mostly zincing of the roof, fine plastering, windows, doors, tiling and some other small installations inside the building,” Burnette said.
He highlighted that delays to the project are possible due to the recent inclement weather however once the weather permits the works will be completed on schedule.