Hurricane Beryl's Devastation on Jamaica's Health Facilities, Estimated $1.098 Billion in Repairs

Hurricane Beryl's Devastation on Jamaica's Health Facilities, Estimated $1.098 Billion in Repairs

The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Jamaica has recently released a report on the estimated cost of repairing health facilities damaged by Hurricane Beryl. The ministry has been conducting post-hurricane assessments and has identified significant damage to roofs, doors, ceilings, fencing, and electrical systems across various health facilities. This article aims to provide an overview of the damage caused by Hurricane Beryl and the efforts being made to restore normal operations.

Overview of the Damage and Repair Costs:
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the current estimated cost for repairs to health facilities affected by Hurricane Beryl is $1.098 billion. The assessments are still ongoing, but so far, 84 incidents of major damage have been reported. The damage includes impacts on roofs, doors, ceilings, fencing, and electrical systems. The most extensive damage has been reported in St Elizabeth, with other significant damage reported in St Thomas and Kingston and St Andrew.

Impact on Health Facilities in St Elizabeth, St Thomas, and Kingston and St Andrew:
Health facilities in Trelawny, St Elizabeth, and St Thomas have reported considerable damage to roofs. The health ministry has stated that all public hospitals are open to the public, with most offering their full suite of services. However, some facilities in St Elizabeth, St Thomas, and Kingston and St Andrew have reported notable damage to their infrastructure. The health ministry is working towards the resumption of full services by Monday, July 8.

Status of Hospitals and Health Centres:
Out of the island's 24 hospitals, 14 are currently in full operation, while the remaining 10 are expected to resume full services soon. Seven hospitals are back on the national grid, while the others are relying on generators for power. Health centres across the country are functioning, with some offering full services and others redirecting patients to nearby facilities. However, certain health centres have experienced significant damage, and efforts are being made to restore their operations by Monday.

Efforts to Restore Normal Functioning in Affected Parishes:
In the parishes most affected by Hurricane Beryl, such as St Elizabeth, the health facilities remain in emergency mode. The Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth is currently operating on emergency mode and is dependent on a generator for power. The ministry is implementing contingencies to ensure that the parish receives the necessary support. In the Southern Regional Health Authority, which includes St Elizabeth, Clarendon, and Manchester, all hospitals are offering emergency services only. In Clarendon, only six out of 32 health centres are currently operational.


The impact of Hurricane Beryl on health facilities in Jamaica has been significant, with major damage reported across various facilities. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is actively working towards the repair and restoration of these health facilities to ensure the continuation of essential healthcare services. Efforts are being made to resume full services by Monday, July 8, and contingency plans are in place to provide support to the parishes most affected by the hurricane.