The Lion’s Eye Care Centre should reopen in January, with a new cardiac suite also coming to the hospital within the first quarter of 2013.
Minister of Health Donville Inniss gave these updates during a visit to the Haynesville community in his St. James South constituency yesterday, where he assisted in handing out several conveyances.
Inniss reported: “The Lion’s Eye Care Centre is nearing completion, the ophthalmology part of it, and by next month January, the Ophthalmology Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which is currently scattered around the buildings… will all be housed under one roof at the Lion’s Eye Care Centre.”
The minister said the building was completed in 1994 and represented the single largest contribution of Lion’s International to the hospital then and maintained that it was partisan politics that saw it being closed for five years.
“It was eventually reopened and then we had to close it three years ago because of air quality reasons and some other issues and it took time to renovate the place. Also, the Cardiology Department which has been under pressure for many, many years is also being addressed as well in that facility.
“Cardiovascular diseases are perhaps one of the largest causes of death or morbidity in this country and therefore we have to address it.”
He said more than $5 million dollars were in an account for more than seven years, for the purpose of creating a cardiac suite at the hospital but it had never been done.
“Come March/April next year it will be reopened – a state-of-the-art cardiovascular suite providing services for Barbadians and perhaps to those in the Eastern Caribbean as well. It will go a long way in relieving a lot of the pressure currently being faced in the provision of cardiovascular services.
“So things are happening within the QEH and management is on the job performing,” said Inniss. (LB)