National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Seventh Electoral District, Hipolito Diego Penn, plans to transform the Long Look Clinic into a 24-hour medical facility and revamp agriculture in the territory if elected into political office.
Penn made those pronouncements at an NDP rally in The Stickett, East End on Tuesday night.
“We are going to work on making this facility (the Long Look Clinic) available for 24 hours with a resident nurse or doctor to provide healthcare so desperately needed in our community,” he said.
He also said the fire station in the area will be upgraded to 24-hour service and furnished with new equipment, ambulance services, and certified emergency medical technicians more commonly called EMTs.
Agriculture, sports, economic development
Penn, who is moving to unseat former NDP legislator Dr Kedrick Pickering, said he also intends to revitalise sports in the district. He said he plans to have afternoon sports programmes and local competitions.
Another area of focus for Penn was a waterfront development for the Seventh District.
He said the undertaking would provide avenues for economic development and encourage residents can become entrepreneurs.
The NDP candidate said he also has his eyes set on developing the local agriculture industry to new levels. He proposes to do that through subsidies for farmers, providing them with duty-free concessions on farming materials, and offering scholarships for persons to undergo studies in agriculture.
Penn further promised to immediately address the water woes affecting the farming community, if elected. He said he plans to do so by reviewing all the options available to fix the problem. He said, if needs be, he plans to reopen wells, build reservoirs, and provide more land for farmers to grow produce.
Penn noted that farmers will also be assigned an area for a market. He said he envisions having local produce account for at least 60 percent of food in local supermarkets within the next six to 10 years.
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