Jaber hospital to be ready in 2013 -- Public Works Ministry

KUWAIT, Nov 3 (KUNA) -- The Public Works Ministry said Monday it expects to conclude the KD 319 million Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital project by February 2013.

Engineer of the hospital's first phase Jasim Ameen told KUNA that the hospital's design was referred to a consultant office in 2005 and that it was supposed to be ready in April 2007, but was delayed to December 2007 due to some changes in design.

He said that the project consists of three phases and that the first phase includes digging and support works and the preparation of the fence and supervisors and engineers' offices.

The first phase was on time, March 2008, and then the project was floated in a public tender among local and international companies, he added.

The participating companies were given enough time by the ministry to consider their bids in order to offer carefully-studied prices, and that is one of the reasons of the tender's time was extended, he pointed out.

He further pointed out that the great difference between the project's budget set by the ministry, which equaled KD 170 million, and the lowest offered price, KD 319 million, is due to inflation rate and increase of the prices of building materials like steel and cement.

It is expected that the project's second phase will begin next February, Ameen said.

While the project is in progress, the Health Ministry will be contacted over approving, importing, and installing medical equipment, he noted.

The official also remarked the new hospital with 1,168 beds will have two basements and 12 floors. In addition, it will have three airstrips, three underground floors with more than 3,000 parking spaces, and a ground level parking lot for cars of employees and ambulance vehicles, he noted.

The hospital will provide medical services for serious and non-serious ailments, and will have surgery, cardiac, chest, nose, ear, and throat, and dentistry departments, he said.

It will also have special wards for important people and Amiri wards, he added.

The hospital's main building, which will be called the emergency center, will have 100 beds and will receive casualties in the cases of natural disasters, he pointed out.

The project also involves services like fuel, water, and oxygen tankers, a special power plant, and backup generators, Ameen said. KUNA