CBH to close early as renovation works start

The general public is being advised that as of today, February 25th 2020, the Central Board of Health on lower All Saints road will be operating during the hours of 8am to 12pm daily until further notices.
This is to facilitate the rehabilitation process of the St Johns Health Center and other remedial work at the CBH facility.
The Ministry of Health is asking for patience at this time and any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.

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  1. That’s the same place where they pitched a tent to give awards and honor long standing farmers who made a significant contribution to nation building.

  2. Melchisedec December 17, 2019 at 9:55 pm
    This is the way we treat our seniors that contributed significantly to nation building?

    The minister did not even bother to show up or send a representative.

    Under a shabby tent in a parking lot at the back of a condemned building nasty looking structure.

    They were literally sitting in water.

    The organizers are shameless and disrespectful. No Sandals, or Royalton for up to 80 years of farming?

    No hotel could sponsor this event? Shame shame shame….

    It was definitely a peasant occasion. Rice and chicken for the 50 years of hard work?

    One farmer was given a shovel as a gift? No new technology as a step up a bloody shovel?

    The African man was so ashamed of the place look he took ABS to the front of the building to conduct the interview. He pointed to the building and said this is not looking good.

    The elders had to navigate a green slimy pond immediately in front the door to claim their rice and chicken

    AvatarMelchisedec December 17, 2019 at 10:11 pm
    Menace XL was great and the lady that hosted.

    After 50 years of contribution some of the farmers were elegantly dressed with the ladies in their beautiful hats, one lady was in a beautiful African print attire… The farmers were dressed up for the occasion.

    The African man and staff wearing their green t-shirt. How distaceful and disrespectful. They did not even bother to clean up for the occasion.

    This was horrific and the elder farmers need an apology for these wicked inconciderate organizers.

    No air conditioning no soft comfortable seating just them fold up metal chairs.

    Cars were parked all around the literally 10×10 dirty white tent with the metal chairs in water.

    AvatarMelchisedec December 17, 2019 at 10:14 pm
    Look how the woman in red dress up, watch the water on the ground.

    Shame pan all a dem.

    AvatarMelchisedec December 17, 2019 at 11:03 pm
    From Mamora Bay to St James Club, Royal Antigua to Ramada, Anchorage to Sandals, Jolly Beach to Club Antigua, These groundation farmers deserved better over 50 years of service.

    Celebrated under a filthy dingy 10×10 rackling tent. Rusty fold up metal chairs in puddles of water under the tent.

    No Antiguan grown vegetable spread with some fish for the elders. Rice and chicken in a take out container.

    North East West South (news) these farmers are our true heroes, toiled hard, produced the food and should never be forgotten.

    Ok I am done now……..

    Go down by the back of the peasant place and see the green slimy water the heros had to navigate.

    The Minister could have given each awardee a cheque for Christmas. CIP use for all kind a things come in man make the elders feel good nah.

  3. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: … Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?”- John Keats: Ode To A Nightingale! A picture is worth a thousand words!

    The CBH Facility was built in the 1950’s! The CBH Facility served the Community! The CBH Facility was sited on an expansive Green Space! The CBH Green was the playground for the surrounding Community Children! The CBH Facility and Grounds were embraced by the Community as theirs! The Health Clinic was attended by Nurses with a daily Doctor’s visit and a weekly Dentist’s visit!

    “Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget What thou among the leaves hast never known, The weariness, the fever, and the fret Here, where men sit and hear each other groan; Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last gray hairs, Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies; Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And leaden-eyed despairs, Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes, Or new Love pine at them beyond to-morrow” – Keats!

    The degradation and dilapidated conditions of the CBH Facility and Grounds are not only the result of unplanned settlement development and Urbanization with Time and Space but more so the lack of National Facilities Management (FM) Strategy, Structures, Systems, Skills, and Culture!

    Many will suggest that the facilities need to be cared for by developing and implementing a proactive maintenance program as a key component of GOAB’s asset management! That is a laudable suggestion but totally misses the mark!

    GoAB must develop a Strategy for the Design and Construction of its Buildings, not only aesthetics but also for quality clients services, energy efficiency and sustainability geared towards the Management of the Facilities in alignment with its Citizens Engagement Directions! What is the planned intended useful life of Public Facilities!

    Where in GoAB’s multi faceted Ministries lie the FM Structure for Planning, Design, Construction and above all Facilities Administration including Finance, HR, Telephony, Real Estate and Procurement; Maintenance and Operations; Utilities operations and maintenance; Custodial and Housekeeping Services; and, Hard and Soft Landscape Services! GoAB, Responsible Ministries and Permanent Secretary “leaders” must put in a support structure of creative and innovative spirits that encourages fresh approaches to provide the occupiers a safe, healthy user experience that in turn improves productivity! In the last decade this mere voice in the wilderness visited that depressing facility due to deaths and left not only thinking of the deaths that precipitated the visits to he House that VC built but the listless and lifeless service of those sleeping and entombed in the now sarcophagus that Time and Space in the Tropics have visited upon the people of African Descent!

    In this the International decade for People of African descent 2015 -2024, we must move into the 21st Century with our outdated Systems! Clearly, with the advent of technology, it is critical for the built environment to use systems and processes which formalize the measure of the value of innovation and the ability to harness technology for a safer, healthier and more productive workplace while at the same time prolonging the useful life of GoAB’s assets be they buildings or equipment!

    The FM Staff must be at the top of their Skills! What is critical is that FM staff be agile, innovative professionals and technicians who care deeply that a facility runs smoothly for the comfort of its occupiers and possess the capacity and daring to experiment with simple technology! Technical competence is no longer sufficient in the built Antigua and Barbuda environment that is constantly evolving! It is of the utmost import that GoAB work with ASC, ABIIT and UWI to upskill and deepskill the current workforce!

    All across the Nation, there is a definite need to bring about a Culture steeped in Quality FM principles driven by socio-cultural, economic, and environmental sustainable values! But what will truly transform the work ethic and bring about Change Management is to build a culture of innovation from within, from the ground up! Quality FM thrives in a culture that fosters experimentation, where GoAB, SOE Boards, administration, management and supervisors believe in the value of constant training and re-training of staff, investing in equipment that trouble shoot problems and alert workers to possible defects ahead of an incident even before a problem surfaces!

    After four decades its safe to say: “The cognitive and structural aspects of a paradigm are incomplete without the functional aspect. There is something more than knowing in the Afrocentric sense; there is also doing. Afrocentricity holds that all definitions are autobiographical.” – Dr. Molefi Asante, Afrocentricity: The theory Of Social Change!

  4. Is this the department that is responsible for the health safety cleanliness of our country? How can we expect a good job when the working environment looking like this? It is deplorable from looking at the outside…shame shame shame.

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