Specialised care soon as maternal and children’s hospital to be built in Georgetown

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For months, talks have been ongoing for the construction of a maternal and children’s hospital and the News Room understands that this facility is expected to be constructed in Georgetown.

This hospital is expected to comprise operating theatres, a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an obstetrics department.

The News Room was informed that the discussions for the construction of this facility were still in the preliminary stages. Currently, the design of the hospital and the necessary studies for use at the unnamed site are being explored.

There has been no set start date for this project and it is unclear what the cost of such a massive undertaking will be. This information is expected once talks on the hospital’s design are completed.

In March, it was reported that the government was examining a maternal and children’s hospital that would offer specialised care to patients. Then, Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony said that talks already started with bilateral agencies in order to establish this state-of-the-art facility here in Guyana. He did not identify those agencies.

In September, at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Dr. Irfaan Ali had announced that Austria, a country in Central Europe, was interested in constructing a maternal and children’s hospital here.

Then, President Ali met with President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen, who reportedly signalled Austria’s interest in increasing bilateral relations between Guyana and Austria.

The News Room was reliably informed that talks with Austrian authorities for the construction of the hospital continue. (Vishani Ragobeer)

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