St James in­fir­mary set to get new ward

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS -

THE ST. JAMES Par­ish Coun­cil has taken the first step in keep­ing its prom­ise to pro­vide bet­ter care for the less for­tu­nate in the par­ish by break­ing ground for the con­struc­tion of a new ward at the St James In­fir­mary, in Mon­tego Bay,

Mon­tego Bay Mayor, Glen­don Har­ris, who made the an­nounce­ment while ad­dress­ing the re­cent an­nual Na­tional Heroes’ Day Civic and Awards Cer­e­mony in Sam Sharpe Square, also made an ap­peal to the cit­i­zens of the par­ish to play their part in car­ing for the res­i­dents at the in­fir­mary.

“Our na­tional heroes, and many un­sung heroes, have demon­strated to us that we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter the less for­tu­nate,” said Har­ris.

“They taught us that we should help the needy and re­store in­tegrity and con­fi­dence within oth­ers; and they knew that the mea­sure of ci­vil­ity of a nation is how they treat per­sons who can­not fend for them­selves.

COUN­CIL DE­CI­SION

“As a coun­cil, we have taken the de­ci­sion to do ex­actly that, to en­sure that we take care of the less for­tu­nate,” con­tin­ued Har­ris. “Two years ago, we started to se­cure the in­fir­mary com­pound; and to­day we have com­pleted that pe­riph­ery wall. The ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the new ward is a ges­ture to show our com­mit­ment to this project.”

The St James Par­ish Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously an­nounced that it would put up an ini­tial J$10 mil­lion to­wards the con­struc­tion of the planned ward at the in­fir­mary, which is lo­cated in the Al­bion com­mu­nity, lo­cated on the out­skirts of Mon­tego Bay. Some J$20 mil­lion was spent to­wards the com­ple­tion of the pe­riph­ery wall sur­round­ing the five-acre prop­erty.

“The fe­male ward is down, so we do not have a fe­male ward; and the other ward is close to be­ing down, so we are tak­ing this step to en­sure that those less for­tu­nate in our par­ish, in our city, have a fit­ting place to re­side and for us to take care of them,” con­tin­ued Har­ris. “We do not have all the money or ma­te­rial, so it is for each and ev­ery one, ev­ery well-think­ing Mon­te­go­nian, to join us in en­sur­ing that we com­plete that ward within the next five to six months.”

CHRISTOPHER THOMAS PHOTO

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St James in­fir­mary.

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