November 17, 2017 3:06 pm Last modified: 12:16 pm

Despite Electrical Issues, Department of Health Still Providing Services

Virgin Islands Department of Health

During an inspection of the Charles Harwood Complex’s (CHC) transfer switch on St. Croix, Tuesday, Oct. 17, an explosion occurred, causing power failure to the building. As a result, there is currently no electricity at the CHC. An individual conducting the inspection experienced severe burn injuries. No V.I. Department of Health (DOH) staff was injured. An investigation of the incident is underway; once the investigation is completed, the transfer switch will be repaired.

Although there is no electricity at the DOH’s Christiansted location, the DOH staff is still provided services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The following is a list of services that will continue on St. Croix at the CHC:

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  1. Maternal and Child Health is seeing all prenatal clients and distributing Infant and Toddler Kits (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  2. WIC is distributing September and October checks (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  3. Community Health is providing clinical care and prescription refills (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  4. Vital Statistics is giving out birth and death certificates (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  5. Family Planning is allowing people to pick up their supplies and get their clinical exams (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Additionally, the Communicable Disease Program is providing HIV/STD testing today at Whim Gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals who are tested for the first time will be eligible for a $10/$15 gas or food coupon.

Also, the Immunization Program will be distributing free Insulin and giving free tetanus and flu shots today, 10 am to 3 pm, in the lobby of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital.

On Friday, Oct. 20, DOH will provide all clinical services during an outreach at Plaza Extra West.

Schedule of services for this week, Oct. 16th-20th, can be found at www.facebook.com/virginislandsdoh

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