Construction of the new National Institute of Health and Social Studies (NIHSS) campus is progressing on schedule, according to contractor, Vijay Construction Ltd. This follows the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Health and Vijay Construction Ltd held earlier this year in January for the construction of a new health training centre.
Three months later, providing the latest update to the government on the progress of the works, the contractor has so far undertaken the removal of debris, site preparation and stripping of the old building. Preparatory construction works have started for an additional floor which will be added to create space for more classrooms while the new layout of the partitions will be redesigned to meet the current needs of the training institute. The building will be rebuilt in the same design but replacing the previously eroded structure made of crushed coral while the main facade will remain in order to preserve the historic elements of the building.
The previous building, which was in a dilapidated state, was built over 70 years ago and was the site of the Princess Elizabeth Nurses Home in 1950. Over the years it has been used for various nursing related activities. health and for the training of health professionals. .
“One thing the global COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of is that our healthcare professionals are not only critical to ensuring the health of our people, but also to the continued development of our nation and our country. For this to be sustained over the long term, we need to ensure that the necessary training facilities for our health care providers are available and implemented alongside a progressive, long-term capacity building programme. Health remains the top priority on the government’s agenda and through our various ongoing partnerships, such as in this case with Vijay Construction Ltd, we will continue to support the Ministry of Health in its efforts to further improve the health services provided to our people. We look forward to the completion of the new National Institute of Health and Social Studies,” President Ramkalawan said.
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