19 Mar 2009

US to fund new 120-bed hospital in Majuro

8:23 pm on 19 March 2009

The United States government will fund a new hospital for the capital of the Marshall Islands with a price tag that could go as high as 30 million US dollars.

The Health Secretary, Justina Langidrik, says the final architectural designs are being prepared for the project to be publicly bid for in July.

The existing 24-year-old hospital in Majuro will be demolished as part of construction of the new facility.

After objections over the estimated 40 million dollar cost of earlier proposed hospital designs, the US Interior Department and the Ministry of Health have agreed on a reduced budget for a 120-bed hospital.

Ms Langidrik says the new hospital will provide an isolation ward for infectious diseases, establish new facilities for medical programmes for nuclear test-affected islanders and build a new location for a Diabetes Centre.