The Georgetown Smart Hospital Project was opened on Saturday.
Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Clayton Burgin, speaking at the ceremony, said that this is the first country in the Caribbean where the project was implemented.
The project seeks to provide safer, eco-friendly and disaster-resilient hospitals. It is designed to establish an integrated approach to building and retrofitting health care facilities to ensure that they are environmentally friendly and durable.
Burgin said the innovation is designed to bridge the gaps between environmental performance or climate grouping, hazard resilience, and disaster reduction.
He said that this year, the Ministry of Health discovered that Jamaica which should have been the recipient of the Caribbean Smart Hospital project, could not embrace it.
Kingstown submitted the Chateaubelair and Georgetown hospitals and the Georgetown hospital was selected by the regional hospital team.
Burgin said that in 2011an evaluation of the hospital was conducted, using the Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) Safe Hospital Index.
It was then determined that there was a high level of risk to volcanic eruption and hurricane, there was an enormous need for attention to be paid to the design and retrofitting of the roof, there was no backup plans for water, no alternative source of energy in the event that the facility is cut off from the main power supply, in addition to numerous defects on the facility.
The Georgetown Smart Hospital Project was implemented at a cost of US$345,926 (EC$924,000) by UK Aid, the Department of International Development, and PAHO with support for various government agencies, Burgin said.