New hospital construction to start soon

first_img Share 277 Views   no discussions Share The Dominica government and a Chinese firm have finalized plans to commence construction of the new national hospital.The contract for the new national hospital was signed on 11 December 2015 by Minister for Health and the Environment, Dr Kenneth Darroux and Hunan Construction Engineering Group Cooperation of China. Construction of the new hospital, on the site of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Goodwill, was scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2016.“I’m pleased to announce that we have basically dotted all the I’s and crossed all T’s as it pertains to our conversation, discussions with our Chinese counterparts,” Minister Darroux announced during a radio program on Wednesday 13 July 2016.The construction is expected to cover, in summary, demolition of buildings, construction of new structures, purchase and installation of new state of the art medical equipment, two additional standby generators, landscaping and reconstruction of roads, and installation of external solar high system.He added that the cause of the delay in starting the project was because “we had to ensure that because, first of all the challenge of building a new structure on an existing hospital site that has to continue functioning, that in itself, I mean from any lay person’s point of view, was going to pose challenges”.Dr Darroux said the project was also delayed as there were a number of discussions pertaining to the facility and its functionality so all of these things had to be reviewed by the experts. “I mean our Chinese friends, together with the users, most importantly the users of the hospital; we talk about the senior doctors and nurses at the hospital who are the ones who are going to be using the facility,” the minister explained. “So there was a lot of discussion in making little minor adjustments here and there but I’m really pleased to announce that all the I’s, as I said, have been dotted and all the T’s crossed and then we’re going to go ahead with a new national hospital,” Dr Darroux announced.The Minister however indicated that details regarding a ground breaking ceremony, which will signal the commencement of construction, will be announced later and that Hunan Construction Engineering Group Cooperation has been granted approval to commence construction of an administration building at the Princess Margaret Hospital site.“Within the next few weeks I can assure Dominicans that we will see work actually begin at the PMH site of the new hospital and it is something that we are looking forward to”.He reiterated that the new national hospital is a gift from the Chinese government and as such they had to ensure that the project is “going to be both pleasing to the donor and also to the beneficiary or the recipient which is Dominica and something that was going to function to take us into the first half of the century”. LocalNews New hospital construction to start soon by: Dominica Vibes News – July 14, 2016center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img

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