Minister of Health, Jack Norris Kalmet signed three contracts totalling over Vt83 million yesterday, as part of the Vt600 million Health Sector Infrastructure and Equipment Cyclone Pam Recovery Program.

The largest of the contracts was signed with Mr. Joel Toa from Pacific Electrical, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for the complete replacement of all electrical services equipment, namely the Main Switch Board, sub distribution boards for each building, light fittings, light switches, power outlets, fans, fan switches and all associated electrical cabling that exist or existed at Vila Central Hospital (VCH) and were damaged by Cyclone Pam.

Mr. Toa’s company will also be completing all the new electrical work at the recently renovated Woman’s Operating Theatre, Pathology Laboratory and Staff House buildings at the VCH.

Contracts were also signed with Mr. Morgan Bragg from Total Contraction for the supply of 57 double VIP toilets and Mr. Mosese Navuniivi from Rotomould (Vanuatu) for supply of 51 10,000L water tanks.

The VIP toilets and water tanks will be distributed to rural health facilities in Cyclone Pam affected provinces as part of the Health Sector Cyclone Pam Recovery Program WASH Project.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who is funding the Health Sector Recovery Program, was represented at the signing ceremony by Ms. Helen Corrigan, Senior Program Manager (Recovery) and Ms. Karin Mayer, Program Manager (Recovery) both from the Australian High Commission, Vanuatu.

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