Requests to upgrade regional hospitals have been received
Kaieteur News – The National Tender Procurement and Administration Board (NPTAB), on Tuesday, opened 12 ¬¬¬¬ applications for the three government ministries at their Ministry of Finance (MoF) office on Main Streets and Urquhart. One notable project from these bids included the acquisition of consultancy services for the design and supervision of civil works for the upgrading of three regional hospitals, namely West Demerara, Bartica and Suddie.
Kaieteur News had previously reported that the government will embark on work estimated to be US $ 17.5 million on these three regional hospitals this year. This was disclosed by the Minister who had said that US $ 17.5 million had been given to Guyana through a line of credit from the Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM).
The line of credit was inked by former Finance Minister Winston Jordan and EXIM Bank representative Sailesh Prashad in July 2017. Guyana was given 20 years to repay the loan at an interest rate of 1.75 percent per year. A five-year moratorium period has also been imposed, meaning that Guyana will not be required to make any payments for the five-year period.
Despite receiving the credit line, the previous government A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU + AFC) did not start work on the hospitals. The new administration, however, had decided to overhaul the project after he took up his post in August last year.
Kaieteur News understands that the upgrades at each hospital will include the restructuring and construction of theaters, the operation of modernized medical equipment, the provision of additional beds, as well as stations for nurses. It was also reported that the upgrades at each hospital would take the pressure off the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Below are the companies and their offers.
Ministry of Health
Consultancy services for the design and supervision of civil works for the upgrading of three regional hospitals, namely West Demerara, Bartica and Suddie
Guyana Power Light
Power Utility Upgrade Program: Acquire tickets for the Social Management Program
Office of the Prime Minister
Supply line hardware for Akawini
Supply line hardware for Kabakaburi