The former Ministry of Health Building which was deemed unfit for workers in 2011 is to be retrofitted to house the ministry once more.
Health Minister Molwyn Joseph confirmed that the Public Works Department (PWD) is currently working to retrofit the High and Long Street building in time for an impending move.
“I have spoken to the architect of PWD and he is expecting to have the final drawing next week to pass on to the ministry. We have met the permanent secretary and all the senior officers have already met with the department to outline how the offices are to be laid out,” Joseph said in an interview.
A report commissioned by the Antigua & Barbuda Fire Brigade’s Fire Prevention Unit, in 2011, listed several major concerns with the building among them the building contained asbestos, a substance which has been known to cause cancer in humans.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas had also advised: “It’s not conditions under which workers should be allowed to continue to work. The asbestos and the report from the fire officers saying it is a hazard.”
The health minister, however, said last week, the problem was “over exaggerated.”
(More in today’s Daily Observer)