Actual construction of the acute referral hospital in Arnos Vale may not begin until October, about three months later than the government expected.
“We were hoping that you could start sometime in July with shovel in the ground. The earliest we may be able to start is October, November,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on radio this past week.
He said a World Bank consultant had reviewed the review of the design and had suggested some changes.
“Increase the size of the laboratory dealing with some areas with waste and so forth. But you will have to allow time for those redesigns,” Gonsalves said, adding that this will be followed by the tendering for the construction contract.
“Remember this is an international tender, it’s all about money. And then we have to reconcile some internal challenges,” he said.
The prime minister noted that the US$94 million hospital is co-financed by the government, World Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development.
The government has initially said that the hospital would be completed by the beginning of 2026 at the latest.