The Mental Health Centre in Glen will be relocated temporarily to Orange Hill while the existing facility is repaired.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement on Saturday at the opening of the Smart Hospital in Georgetown.
“A lot of work is going to be done on the mental hospital. Something which I have to say to you and I want to get your cooperation and I want the people north of the [Rabacca Dry] River, particularly in the Orange Hill area, the extent of the repairs which we have to do at the mental hospital, the psychiatric hospital, can’t be done with the patients in it.
“So, we have to make some temporary facilities — safe, temporary, sound facilities and the place, which has been chosen for this is up at Orange Hill,” Gonsalves said.
“I don’t want people to start to panic,” Gonsalves said.
“Just remember this, that Glen and Fair Hall have been living with it for donkey years and nothing untoward has happened.
“The Community College is right nearby. I mean, it is just some absolutely ridiculous fears, just like when you want to have a prison in an area, people say ‘Me nah want no prison.’ But the safest place is where the prison is because you have a lot more security there, and if prisoners break out, they want go far they no want stay near,” he said.