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100 hospitals to be built – when?2010-04-05 23:04
Georgia decided to pursue 100 Hospitals - a painful state program that was not implemented because of the war in 2008 and the economic crisis. Deputy health minister Nikolay Pruidze, his chin up, states that some facilities were constructed by investors, others are being completed on budget money. Besides the obligations of Czech-Georgian Block Georgia company to construct 25 facilities are still in force.
"100 new hospitals" state program that was a failure in 2009 continues. In addition to private investors the state comes into play planning to set aside USD 400 mln to update medical service. Three years ago the state hoped to get USD 900 mln as private investments.
The program's basic idea was to transfer old hospitals to private investors in exchange for their obligation to reconstruct them and build new facilities.
However hordes of buyers willing to purchase Soviet legacy were very slow to build new facilities in view of political instability and economic crisis, as deputy health minister Nikoloz Pruidze told Business Georgia portal.
Nonetheless, Pruidze considers 6 out of 13 program parts completed. "To begin with, there is Zugdidi polyclinic now operating as well as hematology institute. Also a railway and Interior Ministry hospitals were renovated in Ortachala... New Stile project is going on schedule. The company is renovating Ortachala eye and neurology clinic. Half of works have been completed, and by the end of 2010 the clinic will start operating again. This is a situation when the project sticks to the schedule practically without deviations", - the official stated.
On the whole fixing old hospitals turned out to be much easier than building new ones. That is why the second part of the program is totally frustrated. For instance, Aword Kapital company (Georgia) privatized Zhordania Scientific and Research Institute of Human Reproduction and Pagava Scientific and Research Institute of Pediatrics to build new 400-bed hospitals, New Region reported. Now Pruidze reports that partnership with Aword Kapital is stopped.
The same story with Aihop company (Israel): residents of the Promised Land wound up their projects in Georgia after the war in 2008. Now, however, as Pruidze says, they got back to the project financially assisted by a French Bank and USAID. "Nearly 30-32 hospitals will be built in Georgia under this project", - the deputy minister promises.