You may remember sometime last year we reported that one of the latest MoH project was to build the New building for Women & Children Hospital due to begin end of 2009... the most recent update we've heard is that the project has been frozen for now pending new assessment and allocation of the budget. As a result we heard the project will be re-tendered again. So in the meantime we wait. At least the on-call allowance is through :)
These pictures were taken during the recent World Health Day 2009 exhibition. We manage to speak to one of the architects from the 'awarded' consultants Arkitek Idriss, and he said that the project is estimated to cost around $BND 60 million and if all goes well (i.e. budget approved) is due to start end of 2009 (Need to verify this information).
It is suppose to accomadate the Obstetrics & Gynae, Paediatrics, Accident & Emergency and the RIPAS Administration... hey what about Doctors Mess! We put that question forward too and still awaiting answers.
After doing a bit of asking around amongst the doctors, two very common comments were forwarded. One is that... it's quite an impressive and nice building... but secondly is that the worry about congestion it will create to an already congested Hopital area. Relevant issues considering we have just undergone a workshop for ensuring safe hospitals, and that one of the indicators of a structural risk is that the location of the the hospital... in this case right at the hill. I'm sure the professionals would have already thought about it, but we are not sure if the congestion problem can be minimized. Something to ponder...