|First 240 million florins for hospital|
|Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:44|
ORANJESTAD — The signatures for the first 240 million florins have been placed for the renovation of the Horacio Oduber Hospital (HOH). Institute Real Estate Aruba (Soga) and the Aruban Investment Bank (AIB) signed the contracts yesterday.Minister-president Mike Eman (AVP), Minister of Infrastructure, Benny Sevinger (AVP), members of Soga and the board of directors of HOH were present when the contracts were signed at AIB. Sevinger was present on behalf of the Minister of Health, Richard Visser (AVP), who is currently abroad. On behalf of Visser, he said Aruba started working on this master plan for the hospital three years ago but we still have a long way to go. “A new hospital is necessary considering the population of Aruba and tourism is increasing.” Eman added there are ‘thorough analyzes’ on where Aruba stands now and on the country’s vision for the future. “The economy and tourism must grow but we also want to improve the schools, districts and national health service.”
Confidence in economy
Twelve local and foreign banks and other financial institutes will provide for the money. According to Eman, this shows that companies have confidence in the economy of the country. For the premier it is essential to investment in projects for the population. According to the government, the renovation and new development involves more than a larger and modernized hospital, namely better medical care than the hospital currently offers. All personnel from the hospital were given the possibility to express their wishes for a hospital and they will be involved throughout the process.
Financial director of the hospital, De Kool, explained the hospital is working out the details of the interior in close consultation with the contractor. “We think we can pay the costs for the interior from own funds in the next five years. With all investments we are already considering these with future construction plans. All investments are to fit in the new building.”
The 240 million florins are meant for the first phase of the renovation project and we’re looking for a contractor to build the six-storied tower. It will take two years to build this, said John Hodge from Soga. He expects the first stone for the tower will be laid in July or August. “We are still looking for a contractor to build the tower. We’ve selected five companies and have asked three to join the tender process.”