The British government is coming to the assistance of the Princess Alice Hospital at Mirabeau in St. Andrew.
According to Health Minister Nickolas Steele, the hospital is in line to receive help from the Department for International Development (DIFD) in England.
Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex on Tuesday, Minister Steele said the hospital will be retrofitted with amenities that will allow it to be able to handle most of the negatives that could be thrown at it.
He alluded to an initiative called “Smart Hospital” in which many health centres throughout the island will benefit from the programme.
“…The Smart Hospital initiative which is financed by DFID from the UK, basically makes our health facilities more resilient with respect to hurricanes, with respect to earthquakes, with respect to disease threats, and also energy efficient…”, he said.
Minister Steele is confident that the initiative to be undertaken will help to reduce the electricity cost of the hospitals and health centres, and also increase water storage facilities among others.
“It will help us reduce the total cost of health care but also make our health systems, our actual structures more resilient”, he said.
The Minister did not give any indication as to how much money will be pumped by DFID into the programme.
The Department for International Development (DFID) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid with the aim of promoting “sustainable development and eliminate world poverty”.
DFID is headed by the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development and its main programme areas of work are Education, Health, Social Services, Water Supply and Sanitation, Government and Civil Society, Economic Sector (including Infrastructure, Production Sectors and Developing Planning), Environment Protection, Research, and Humanitarian Assistance.