Japan signs grant for Phase Two of New Amsterdam hospital

Stabroek News
July 16, 2003

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The governments of Guyana and Japan signed a 750 million yen (US$6.4M) agreement yesterday for phase two of the New Amsterdam Hospital reconstruction project.

Phase two makes provision for the purchase of equipment, products and services as well as training in the operation of equipment and guidance in the management of the hospital facilities.

The agreement was signed between the Minister of Foreign Trade and International Co-operation, Clement Rohee and the non-resident ambassador to Guyana Masateru Ito in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference room. It brings the Japanese grant aid to US$12.3M for the project.

Phase one was signed in August 2001 and makes provision for the construction of the hospital complex. Rohee noted that the land preparation was almost complete and construction was to start shortly.

In brief remarks, Ambassador Ito expressed the hope that the project, borne out of friendship, would improve the country’s health care system and bring prosperity to the nation.

Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, who was also present at the signing ceremony, said the construction phase (phase one) was on schedule and was to be completed in March 2004.

The first phase of the project would include the construction of facilities and services for in-patient, utility and security services.

The second phase of the project is due to be completed by March 2005 and will include the construction and installation of equipment and services in the diagnostic centre, laboratories, theatre and administrative building.