Point Fortin Hospital to be completed in 2020

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 12:45

The Point Fortin hospital is set to be completed and opened within the next four months.

The announcement was made by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during the Urgent Questions session in the Senate, today. 

“My information is it will be opened by March 2020,” Deyalsingh said.

This, as two subcontractors took legal action against a company linked to the main contractor, over funding for work on the Point Fortin Hospital, Austrian firm Vamed. 

Deyalsingh said neither his Ministry, nor the Government, had control over sub-contractors.  He said the construction of the hospital was predicated on it being a listed item on an MOU with the Austrians, something he said was not done by the previous Government. He said it was the current Government that got the project put on the MOU.

“Because there was no MOU to start the project there was no funding,” he said

“The UNC funded it from cash balances,” he continued.

Deyalsingh said the PNM government put the full funding in place via UniCredit of Austria for approximately $81 million euros.

Construction on the Point Fortin hospital started in September 2017.

Also to be constructed in 2020 in the Point Fortin community is a new fire station.

And work to curb the pigeon infestation at the Edinburgh Government Primary School has begun and will be completed by Thursday, according to Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambarat, who answered on behalf of education minister, Anthony Garcia.

Rambharat said students and staff will be kept away from that area until then.

He also announced that more work at the school will be done during the December vacation.

“This is an older school,” Rambharat said.

On Monday parents protested about the unsanitary conditions at the school.