Sod Turning Ceremony for Construction of the New Central Block
The City of Port of Spain will be home to a new state-of-the-art health facility as Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley today, 19 November 2019, turned the sod for the construction of the New Central Block at the Port of Spain General Hospital.
The 13 story New Block will include a 540-bed tower, a coronary unit, a 6-bed plastic surgery unit and provide medical, psychiatric, pediatric and ancillary services. This billion-dollar facility will replace the old block built in 1962, which was condemned due to its aged structure and damage from the August 2018 earthquake.
It is expected to provide much needed health care services to the Capital’s residents and visiting population. Dr Rowley in his feature address said that healthcare is priority number one and the construction of this building will contribute to the government’s plan to provide proper healthcare infrastructure across the entire country.
The Prime Minister was joined by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh and Ms Lisa Agard, Chairman of the North West Regional Health Authority at the ceremony. In May 2019, the Government signed the agreement with Shanghai Construction Group Caribbean Limited for the construction of the project, which will be completed through a public-private partnership.