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Work to start this month on $16.7 million project

By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 7, 2009) – KITANO Construction of Japan has been awarded the contract to build the new Gizo Hospital in Western Province.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirmed this following a trip to Tokyo more than a week ago.

Permanent Secretary Dr Lester Ross said Minister Clay Forau was in Tokyo to participate in the tender process and signing of contract for the hospital project.

Dr Ross said while Kitano will build the hospital, NBK Cooperation has been awarded the tender to supply medical equipment for the hospital.

He said the health ministry delegation also participated in the tender opening and evaluation with representatives from Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Nihon Sekkei Incorporation, the Project Management Company.

The tender was approved by Nihon Sekkei Incorporation in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and endorsed by JICA.

The delegation also visited JICA head office during the trip.

Dr Ross said preparations for the project in Gizo are on track.

The project is expected to cost more than $60 million (yen $1.5 billion) [US$16.7 million]

Initial work will include site preparation, construction of a new hospital jetty, building of new staff house, relocation of malaria building, water supply and upgrading of power supply.

The project manager arrives on 18th November to officially start the work.

The project is expected to be completed in 18 months and the ground breaking ceremony is planned for mid February 2010.

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