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Phase 1 of construction complete | VG medical centre to be handed over Friday

File photo of the Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre. (Photo by GIS)

Phase one of the construction of the Iris O’Neal Medical Centre on Virgin Gorda is substantively complete.

The Ministry of Health gave that notice in a media release on Monday.

“This completion supports the improvement of community-based healthcare delivery as a significant component of the National Health Strategy,” the ministry said.

A handover ceremony of the facility is being held on Friday, February 22 to mark the progress made so far.

More than half-a-million dollars was donated late last year to outfit the Virgin Gorda-based medical facility with equipment.

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  1. Mick Mars says:

    What kind of ‘half a haircut’ type thing is this????

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  2. Ausar says:

    Gosh,with the headlines stated, the impression was that a completed building was up and ready for operations!

    I think that such pronouncements should have been made after the total completion of the building.

    You know, buildings with bright colours, freshly painted, fanciful landscaping and a professionally paved parking lot would have made the reading of this article alot more easier!

    Lets aim for such pronouncements the next time that we read of the Nurse Iris O’ Neals’ building!

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  3. Concern says:

    Why are we handing over a building that is incomplete? Could it be because election is next week, and we need a media gimmick. Lord send help for these politicians.

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    • Yeah says:

      They want to score political points but we are moving in One Direction. Forward.

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      • Understanding says:

        The contractor is only responsible for building the building…. after completing the Building of the Building his constructional duties are completed and it would be turned over to government for the next Phase……. This is nothing new but as its political season, its clear that normal things such as this would confuse or be some sort of irritant for those who are looking for an issue.

  4. Truth Sayer says:

    Obviously the Chairman of the NDP and his team thinks that this can give the current representative a boost for the upcoming election. It is pure nonsense since the project was not his. Ronnie W Skelton was the one who started this project receiving kudos from the past representative Ralph T. O’Neal for getting it underway. They need to let the contractor complete his work so that the Health Services can outfit the building and get it up and running.

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    • Oh please says:

      Where in this article mentions anything about ‘current government’ or the ‘NDP’? Stop looking for what is not there and you typed a whole 4 sentences

  5. Is that a current picture? says:

    If so, very emblematic of the issues facing the BVI

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  6. What nonsense says:

    man stop the nonsense NDP! You handing over a unfinished building. Thats like selling some on the batter of the cake and calling it a finished dessert. FOH! NDP

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  7. PViM says:

    One of our successes! Might be unfurnished by we going make it the most interesting and pricey mini-clinic in the Western Hemisphere! Point blank true!

  8. Weir D. Playne says:

    NDP has no shame when it comes to trying to fool voters. First paving roads at the last minute now a ceremony for an unfinished medical center whose brilliant idea was this?

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  9. ndp heckler says:

    Well my god!!!!

  10. Voter says:

    reading the comments tell me we wasting our money on education. Substantial completion means that the contractor has done his job and the owner of the building can safely take possession. It is for the owner to now furnish and outfit the building for occupancy.

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    • @voter says:

      No birdbrain we understand but when have you ever seen a dedication of a building or ceremony before the building has even been painted. Everybody see right through this shenanigan.

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  11. Thankful says:

    People please read and understand it says phase 1 the government never said it is complete.

    Stage 2 will be the completion. The contractor has down his work the keys are now being turn over.

    I really wonder where is our level of understanding

    For centuries the VIP ruling over VG and no hospital now it took this government four-year years and now you have a structure.

    Rome was not built in one day. Be thankful that a start was made.

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  12. Facts says:

    If Dr Smith and NDP will be blamed for the planes and other missteps then so too they should be lauded when they do well. The point os VIP has been around 40 years and ruled VG and they couldnt even break ground on this. The NDP built it and should be praised accordingly. Skelton was the Minister who started it but it was done under the NDP. We cannot start nitpicking now. Good job NDP! YOU WOULD BE FOOLS TO FOOD THEM OUT!

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  13. Just wrong says:

    This is NOT a current picture of the clinic in VG. Bvinews you know better, do better. This is even lower than V*** standards.

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  14. @Facts says:

    Speak truth and facts whenever necessary!

  15. NDP says:

    Promises made, promises kept! VIP promised the VG people for decades that they were going to build it and they didn’t. The NDP came in and promised to do it AND DID IT! NDP ALL THE WAY!

  16. 9th DISTRICT says:

    I LIVE IN THE 9TH DISTRICT AND OUR MINI HOSPITAL LOOK NOTHING LIKE THE PHOTO SEEN.I ALWAYS HEAR PEOPLE SAY SOME PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS DISTRICT IS UNGRATEFUL AND READING SOME OF THE COMMENTS ABOVE I CAN SEE WHY THEY SAY IT ALL THE TIME.WE LIVED UNDER A VIP GOVERNMENT FOR 40 PLUS YEARS LAND CLEARED EVERY 4 YEARS NOTHING BUILT IN 2015 THE NDP GOVERNMENT PROMISED AND DID IT. BE THANKFUL

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  17. News says:

    That is news for ya.. deceiving. If you don’t have a current photo why even put an old photo? It is very discrediting to the people who made it happen. Workers and all.

  18. Vg says:

    So who cutting the ribbon for the handing over ceremony as it is complete

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