The sight of elderly people living in probably a more restricted space than that allowed to prisoners is a sad one, Health Minister Anthony Eden told the House.
On Thursday, Mr. Eden was being asked to say what progress was being made on the development of the Golden Age Home in West Bay.
Mr. Eden said he had toured the home and from all observations and based on what was reported, the home was badly in need of repair and expansion.
The Department of Children and Family Services had acquired drawings and preliminary costing from the Public Works Department, he told the Legislative Assembly.
‘The government recognises the urgency of this type of facility to serve the elderly and funds will be allocated to rectify this situation in the 2006-07 budget,’ he said.
There are currently nine girls, aged 14 to 20 enrolled in the Young Parents Programme and classes continue to be available for current and past students, Health Minister Anthony Eden told the House.
Answering a question in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Mr. Eden said that after Hurricane Ivan, the Young Parents Programme was relocated to a room upstairs at the NCVO-Richard Arch Building.
‘The Public Works Department has advised that the renovations to the Joyce Hylton Family Life Centre which houses the Young Parents Programme will be completed by the end of March,’ said Mr. Eden.
‘The programme will move back to this location once the necessary work is complete,’ he added.