Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Barbuda’s hurricane damaged hospital now fully rehabilitated

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (second from right) hands over the key to the newly rehabilitated and equipped Hannah Thomas Hospital to Barbuda MP Trevor Walker, which was funded under the India-UN Development Fund.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (second from right) hands over the key to the newly rehabilitated and equipped Hannah Thomas Hospital to Barbuda MP Trevor Walker, which was funded under the India-UN Development Fund.

Barbudans once again have access to enhanced healthcare services after a fully equipped and rehabilitated Hannah Thomas Hospital was handed over to the Barbuda Council. 

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma significantly damaged the hospital, removing most of the roof, destroying the structure and significantly reducing the availability of medical services.  

Under the leadership of the government of Antigua and Barbuda, a project funded by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund reconstructed the severely damaged hospital and provided equipment to improve patient care within the community.  

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) implemented the project, utilising a one million dollar contribution from India through the Fund, using ‘Build Back Better’ principles to ensure greater structural resilience and inclusive access.  

Speaking on the importance of the hospital to the Barbudan community, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment,  Molwyn Joseph stated: “The Ministry of Health requested the support of PAHO to redesign the Hannah Thomas Hospital, so you are getting a hospital designed by experts.” 

Managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, the India-UN Fund has been working rapidly to position support for projects that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In Antigua and Barbuda, the India-UN Fund is providing an additional one million dollars on top of the hurricane relief, to strengthen national health capacities and address the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the economy. 

Earlier, the Post Office in Barbuda was also rebuilt and equipped as part of the same initiative focusing on “Resilient Restoration of Pivotal Public Infrastructure for the Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Island of Barbuda Post Hurricane Irma”. 

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