Min. of Health Hon. Renward Wells said as the healthcare system responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, restoration efforts required in the northern islands remain a priority for the Government after Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama and Abaco nearly one year ago.
During the COVID-19 Update Press Conference at the Ministry of Health on Friday, August 28, 2020, Minister Wells explained that $21 million has been allocated for the phased re-development of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama. He stated that work is steadily progressing with the demolition, new construction, addition, and renovation to the facility as follows:
- Rand Memorial Hospital Restoration, Part A Project
is budgeted at $628,397.00;
it started on the 29th April 2020, and is scheduled to end on 29 th September,
it covers the main entrance, foyer, pharmacy, admissions and pediatrics;
it is currently 80 per cent completed.
- The Rand Memorial Hospital Restoration, Part B project
is budgeted at $352,344.60;
it started on 29 th April, 2020 and is scheduled for completion in October
it includes the Medical, Surgical, Step-Down, and Intensive Care Units; and
it is currently 65 per cent completed.
- The Rand Memorial Hospital Restoration Part C project
is budgeted at $1,750,000.00;
it started on 29 th April, 2020 and is expected to be completed in November
the project scope will encompass the East Wing, Public Corridor, the
Healing Gardens and Chapel; and
it is currently 45 per cent completed.
- The Rand Memorial Hospital Restoration of the Main Operating Theatre Suites, Post Anesthesia Unit and Central Sterile Supplies Department is budgeted at $606,449.76. This project began on 13th January, 2020 and is currently 95 per cent completed.
- The Rand Memorial Hospital Restoration Program also involves –
the Container Operating Theatre Suites, Post Anesthesia Unit (PACU), and
Central Sterile Supplies Department (CSSD). This is being donated by Build
Health International and a non-governmental organization known as Direct Relief. This project started on 5 th March, 2020, and is expected to be completed by the end of this month with absolutely no cost to the Government.
Minister Wells said the Rand Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Program incorporates
the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Unit;
the Infectious Disease Unit Cancer Association project; and
the completion of the Kitchen Cafeteria.
He said the new COVID-19 Infectious Disease Unit is being developed at a budgeted cost of $1,386,596.15. The Health Minister stated that this project started on 12th April, 2020 and is scheduled to end on the 3 rd September, 2020. Currently, this project is 98 per cent completed. He said the Infectious Disease Unit Cancer Association project is budgeted at $244,897.79. The project started in the first quarter of this year and is scheduled to end by 25th September. This project is currently 85 per cent completed.
“The Kitchen Cafeteria Completion project is 90 per cent completed and is budgeted at $407,593.670. “By early September, the Infectious Disease Unit at the Rand Memorial Hospital is expected to be ready for occupancy.” Minister Wells said, “By the end of October 2020, renovations to Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Admissions, the Lobby, Doctor’s Offices, On-Call and Nurses’ Suite, the Morgue and the surrounding corridors and other works for each space are scheduled to be completed.”