Arima hospital on, no word on Couva
The government has recommitted to constructing the Arima Hospital, but there has been no word on putting the completed Couva facility to use.
And the political opposition is issuing a new wave of criticisms on the matter.
Anthony Garcia, in his capacity as Member of Parliament for Arima, has assured that the hospital in the borough would be completed in 2018, at a cost of $1.2 billion.
The project is being scaled down from 150 to 120 beds.
Garcia vowed: “I made a promise to residents of Arima that I will do all to ensure that the hospital is built…”
The project is currently 16 percent completed, he said.
But there has been no word on the $1.5 billion Couva Children’s Hospital, which, a few months ago, was determined to be 99 per cent completed.
The political opposition – which has waged a campaign inside and outside of Parliament – was on Wednesday returning to the matter.
The opposition has claimed that the Couva facility has remained closed because it was constructed during the tenure of the People’s Partnership administration.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has said that there are insufficient health care works to be deployed to the Couva hospital.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has stated that there have been no public advertisements for medical personnel to work at the modern, billion-dollar hospital.
As for the Arima facility, Garcia said: “The government is a different one and what we set out to do, we will see that it is done.”
There were earlier reports of theft of equipment from the Couva hospital.