Establishment of a committee to monitor the delayed construction of the 83M hospital in Haiti

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The decision to set up an oversight committee came after an 8-year delay in the construction of the 534-bed general hospital, HUEH, in Haiti.

Aerial view of the construction of the new building in November 2017. Photo credit: Technical Execution Unit (UTE) of the Ministry of the Economy

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The Haitian government has set up a committee to oversee the ongoing construction of an $83 million building of the state teaching hospital, commonly known as Hôpital général, in this capital.

According to project study, the construction is co-financed with $33 million from the Haitian government, $25 million from the French Development Agency AFD and $25 million from the United States Agency for International Development-USAID.

Alex Larsen, The Secretary of Public Health and Population (MSPP), said the committee is being formed largely because of the various challenges, including security, that the country is going through. They caused delays in the completion of the project, which began in 2014 and was expected to last four years.

“The mandate of the committee is to work towards the completion of construction but also to ensure that medical staff and hospital staff are properly trained,” Larsen said. “If we want to have a new, modern hospital, the staff must be able to use the new equipment that will be made available to them.”

The French Embassy said the 215,278 square foot reconstruction project aims to establish a high-level multidisciplinary hospital and provide the necessary equipment for its proper functioning.

Together we will work to make “the general hospital», HUEH, the one who offers a better service to the public.

Hans Larsen, chairman of the committee

The hospital will have 534 beds and will be self-sufficient in water and electricity. There will be an area reserved for ambulatory care, an operating room, hospitalization and 300 parking spaces.

“There is a difference between organizing and pleasing, organizing is enabling future generations to have better quality care than what we have today,” said Hans Larsen, chairman of the committee and representative of the Primature. He called on other members to do their job seriously.

“Together we will work to make the general hospitalHUEH, the one that offers a better service to the public,” added the chairman of the committee.

HUEH was damaged by the 2010 earthquake. Post-seismic studies revealed that repairs to the building were not feasible and recommended the construction of a modern building that meets international health regulations, the secretary said.

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