UKEF, Austria, on historic funding of €149M turnkey hospital for women, children – News Room Guyana

Over the next two years, Guyana will hand over a €149 million specialized pediatric and maternal hospital to be designed, built and equipped by Austrian firm Vamed Engineering and financed by UK Export Finance (UKEF). .

Groundbreaking for construction on former sugar plantations took place on Sunday at Goedverwagting Plantation on Demerara’s east coast, where President Irfaan Ali and Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony were present along with other Government Ministers and dignitaries.

“We provide you with the best overall package for a good and healthy life.

“There is no backing down when it comes to having the best possible system,” said Dr. Ali.

The 256-bed facility will serve maternal mothers while providing the best neonatal and pediatric care that could extend to people across the region.

President Irfan Ali

The Austrian Trade Commissioner for Guyana, Dr. Andreas Schmid, recalled that the project was the result of an agreement signed between Guyana and Austria in 2018 and considered it an excellent example of a successful government-to-government project.

These views were supported by British High Commissioner Jane Miller, who said the UK would be happy to support Guyana in providing services to its vulnerable communities, including women and children.

dr Anthony offered details of the facility, noting, “When the President breaks ground, it will usher in a new era of public health investment in Guyana…it would be the largest public health investment in all of Guyana’s history.”

dr Ali later noted that per capita investment in public health had increased from $7 in 1992 to $800 in 2022.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Sunday at the Goedverwagting plantation on the east coast of Demerara, where President Irfaan Ali and Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony were present along with other Government Ministers and dignitaries. [Photo: Office of the President/ July 31, 2022]

The hospital will meet international standards as many of the equipment and machines will be imported from the UK.

There will be inpatient and outpatient clinics supported by sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools.

The hospital will have an imaging suite with MRI, surgical and cardiology suites and modern laboratories.

“This is just the beginning of a wave of transformative health projects,” said Dr. Anthony.

dr Ali took the opportunity to similarly promote the development of the country’s human resources to keep up with infrastructure development.

“We don’t build second best; we are building the best here in Guyana,” he said as he thanked the bilateral partners.

“This is not a transaction; that has lasting consequences.”

In the coming years, the entire Aback Goedverwagting is to be developed with apartments, hotels, universities and even government offices.

“This is not a standalone development… There is a plan, it’s not just digging land and laying roads,” the president noted.

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