Construction of Wanica Hospital can commence
The construction of the Wanica Hospital can commence because the agreement between China and Suriname was inked at the Public Works Ministry on Tuesday. “Both parties approved of the design and gave green light for calls for tender by signing the agreement,” said Public Works Minister Siegfried Wolff. Construction is scheduled to commence within 6 months. It is expected that construction on the modern hospital will be complete within about 30 months. The financing of the project is a present from the Chinese government. The ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Jinxiong, pointed out that urgent talks took place to arrive “at this moment.” The obstacles have been cleared and the ambassador hopes that China and Suriname will successfully complete the project together. Jinxiong pointed out that China will continue supporting Suriname in various areas. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Lackin, who represented the government pointed out that China is no ordinary friend of Suriname but a reliable one. The donation is part of the good relations between both nations for the past 40 years. Anwar Hassankhan, director of Architectural Works at the ministry, pointed out that China will assign contractors to Suriname. The modern hospital will have all facilities. “We want to do things much better this time,” said Hassankhan. About 150 beds will be at the hospital where about 200 doctors and nurses will be employed. The presence of a hospital in the Wanica District will have a spin-off effect for the district and the surrounding areas because of its strategic location.