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Work is said to soon begin on the construction of a specialised Pediatric and Maternal Hospital on Plantation Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara. The facility will cost some €149 million and will be designed to accommodate 256 beds and will cover some 24,000 square meters gross floor area. The construction of the institution will be facilitated by Austrian company VAMED and is expected to open in the next two years.
The establishment of what is said to be a state-of-the-art hospital arose from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Austria. The institution is being billed as a level five referral centre the hospital will be open for maternal mothers and babies from the various regions seeking medical aid that is not available at their respective districts.
At the sod turning ceremony on Sunday, Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, said the event signifies another era of public health investment in Guyana. The minister noted that: “The whole purpose of what we are doing this is to offer services that were never offered in the country… but while we are expanding the services, our primary goal is to make sure that we reduce morbidity, meaning that we will have less diseases in the country and we will be able to treat them properly.”
The hospital is expected to have inpatient and outpatient clinics like any other hospital, and it is promised that the quality of services offered will be vastly different, with advanced clinics and diagnosis tools.