The Government of Grenada has employed the services of a Grenadian Psychologist.
Dr Jason Fleming is the latest to be employed by the cash-strapped New National Party-led administration of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Addressing the weekly post-Cabinet briefing last week Tuesday, Minister for Social Development and Housing, Delma Charles-Thomas informed the media that Dr Fleming will be working with four government ministries – Social Services, Ministry of Education, National Security and the Ministry of Legal Affairs.
The Psychologist is a Grenadian by birth, and previously practiced in the United States. He also has a private clinic in Grenada.
According to Minister Thomas, the island will from time to time have difficult cases that need psychological evaluation and Dr Fleming was employed to deal with the many diverse cases within the various ministries that need diagnosis and treatment.
During the press briefing, the female government minister announced that Cabinet took the decision to use seven of the Chinese constructed houses in Mt Gay and Soubise as transitional houses.
She said that the main purpose will be to facilitate temporary living arrangement for persons with emergency cases, such as fire victims, victims of domestic violence and other emergency issues that confront families at times.
The government minister pointed out that the affected persons would be allowed to live in these houses on a short-term basis for about three to six months during which time government would ensure they assist them in whatever way they can to bring them back to normalcy.
Minister Thomas said that Grenada had a few transitional houses at La Calome Housing Scheme, in St David but they were sold by the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration on the grounds that they were too expensive to keep.
She stated that the eleven month old NNP administration believes in the safety and security of citizens and while understanding that there is a cost factor in keeping these facilities, it is the responsibility of government to protect citizens who from time to time will have emergency housing needs to be met.
Five transitional houses would be located at Mt Gay in St George’s and two at Soubise in St Andrew.