China provides multi-million dollar loan for Trinidad children’s hospital

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Saturday December 29, 2012 – China is providing a loan of TT$900 million (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) to Trinidad and Tobago for the construction of a 215 bed Children’s Hospital in Preysal.

“What this does is it paves the way for the acceleration of construction of the children’s hospital of Couva,” said Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal at the signing ceremony on Friday.

The hospital will include a burn unit, children and adult casualty clinic, a helipad and would be able to accommodate 215 beds.

“The priority health care facility will be outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of the nation’s most precious resource, our children,” said Moonilal.

Chinese Ambassador, Yang Youming, said the China agreed to provide the loan as a gesture of good will to further develop diplomatic relations, and economic and technical cooperation between the countries.

“I do hope that this government loan will help to improve the health system in Trinidad and Tobago, benefiting the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the children in particular,” he said 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has defended the decision of her government to to convert the multi-billion Chancery Lane Complex in south Trinidad to the San Fernando Teaching Hospital.

Insisting that proper healthcare was one of her main priorities, she told Friday’s opening ceremony that the two billion dollar project, which had been started by the previous People’s National Movement (PNM) government to house government offices in the south, was now a flagship venture of her coalition People’s Partnership government.

“This project represents really a flagship project for us. I’ve always said my administration will not be marked by high-rise buildings but it would be one that is people-centred.  

“It will be one that will build hospitals. It will be one that will build schools and it will be one that will put down the infrastructural means to open up the environment. Sometimes we do get som Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)