Work on the multi-million dollar cardiac wing at the Bustamante Hospital for Children is on track for a mid-February completion date, the health minister says.
Dr Fenton Ferguson, who toured the construction site on Friday, said the state-of-the-art facility will be the first of its kind in the region. The 30,000 square foot facility will be the only paediatric cardiac centre in Latin America and the Caribbean and will be able to accommodate 10 beds.
The new cardiac wing has been made possible through a public-private partnership involving the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, National Health Fund, Digicel, Sagicor Investments, and other private sector and non-government interests.
Upon completion of construction, the hospital is expected to begin accepting patients from overseas.
Each year up to 500 children are born with congenital heart disease, with about half of them requiring cardiac surgery.
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