The Ministry of Health decided to move to the Campden Park Clinic the health services provide in Clare Valley since a building it rented to house the Clare Valley Clinic temporarily was later found to be unsuitable.
The Clare Valley Clinic need to be repaired.
“We did engage the services of a particular family, and we rented from them, but then in going forward, we discovered that there were some primary issues with the building and we preferred to bring to an end that contract and transfer the operation of the clinic to another clinic nearby –Campden Park, so that we can offer healthcare to the citizens of that community,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Lois de Shong told I-Witness News last week.
MP for South Leeward, Nigel Stephenson, an opposition lawmaker, last month raised concern about the situation.
“… one would have thought that that clinic is a place where people go to have their health restored. You go down there (Clare Valley) and the first time you look at the clinic, you are going to get sicker than when you leave home,” Stephenson told the New Democratic Party’s “Ring De Bell” meeting in Campden park
Stephenson said the Clare Valley Clinic is yet to be repaired, three years after the government it would have done so.
He said that one year after the government said it would have repaired the clinic, it disappeared from the Estimates of Income and Expenditure.
Stephenson listed the clinic among several pieces of infrastructure in the constituency that he said needed urgent repair.
He spoke of the South Leeward Highway, on which actual physical repair is yet to begin, two months after the date announced by the contractor.
The MP described the amount of “craters” on the road as “walking on the surface of the moon”.
“The people in Leeward are suffering, simply because they don’t have the inclination to support Labour,” Stephenson said.
He also spoke of the community centre in Campden Park, whose roof collapsed some years ago.
He said that the building continues to deteriorate, and each time he asked when would the government repair the roof, he was told that officials were working on a design.
“But how many years you are going to take to work on a design for a community centre when the structure is already there?” he said, adding that villagers were recently told that the structure has been badly damaged because of exposure to the weather and has to be demolished.
“Do you think this is a government that is prudent in it’s spending? … As far as this government is concerned, Campden Park will be punished and should be punished for supporting the New Democratic Party,” Stephenson said.
He further spoke of the pavilion at the Campden park playing field, which has been in need of repair for some years now, and promised that a New Democratic party administration will repair the facility during its first year in office.
“And that is not an idle promise. That is something that we sit down and discuss it, and we have an architect who is working on it. That will be delivered to the people of South Leeward,” Stephenson said.