The project manager, Clinotech Canada, a construction firm handling the Justice Karibi Whyte Specialist Hospital project, Mr. Teoma Baydar has stated that work is in progress to ensure the completion of the hospital soon.
Mr Baydar disclosed this when the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker and the chairman, House Committee on Health, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Irene Inimgba visited the site to ascertain the progress of work done.
The project manager, who stated that the hospital will be completed by December 2010, explained further that after the initial delay occasioned by the mobilisation of personnel and equipment to the site, the company has commenced the construction of basement which will cover 2,400 square meters of concrete.
In his response, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, while commending the efforts of the company urged them to expedite action to ensure that the hospital is completed within the agreed time frame.
Dr Parker also stated that the state government was in a hurry to put an end to oversea referrals which is the main objective in setting up the hospital, adding that, “it will compete favourably with its counterparts, abroad”.
Also speaking, Mrs Inimgba, who confirmed that work at the site is in progress, expressed delight with the pace of work at the site.
The commissioner on his part, recalled that the state government went into a public private partnership agreement with the Canadian firm, Clinotech, Canada to build a 1,000 bed mega specialist hospital in Port Harcourt.