Works continue on the new Iris O’Neal Medical Centre on Virgin Gorda.
At a recent site visit on February 1, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton said he is pleased with the progress made and looks forward to the project’s completion.
Honourable Skelton said, “The medical centre, once completed, will better facilitate the health needs of Virgin Gorda residents.”
The site visit was led by the Project Contractor, Mr. James Todman of James Todman Construction Limited, who confirmed works are expected to be completed by September.
Now that the steel frame and columns are completed, the next phase involves block work followed by the installation of windows and roofing.
Upon completion, the Iris O’Neal Medical Centre will be a two-story structure, measuring approximately 20,000 square feet. The first floor will include urgent care, pharmacy, x-ray and laboratory services. The second floor will include dentistry and physical therapy services, in addition to consultation and examination rooms.
The original contract sum of $5,969,687.39 was increased by $116,690.50 when the scope of works was varied to include additional earth works and other necessary modifications, bringing the total construction cost to $6,086,377.89.
The new Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre is an important component of the Government’s holistic national health strategy that seeks to increase access to affordable, high quality health services.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life in the Virgin Islands.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com