A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and investors to build an innovative emergency centre in Port Vila.

The MoU signing took place at Ramada Resort between the Minister of Health, Norris Jack Kalmet and two amongst five investors who were present, Georges Dechaineux and Patrice Gauthier.

The Private Medical Centre Port Vila (PMCPV) will introduce a form of patient care that does not currently exist in Vanuatu.

It is guaranteed by its investors to be fully operational with 24-hour of emergency service, be equipped with advanced medical equipment and will be able to treat severe medical cases such as dialysis, CT scan, Mammography, etc.

On behalf of the Government, the Minister of Health Norris Jack Kalmet thanked the five investors for embarking in this complex medical project which is intended to be part of the sustainable health policy in Vanuatu.

In addition to this medical project focussing on emergencies, the hospital proposes the assistance of virtually all medico-surgical specialities in support of the emergency medicine.

“As we all know, there is a lack of advanced health facilities in the country,” he said. “We have a population severely affected by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes and infectious pathologies.

“The establishment of the hospital will greatly assist our referral patients and help to reduce the expenses incurred by the Government to send them overseas for treatment.”

The Vt500,000M project has been legally approved.

MOH Director General, George Taleo said this new medical centre will significantly upgrade clinical services in the country.

“Patients can therefore receive quality treatment from medical expertise and rest assured they won’t need to travel overseas for treatment once this new facility has been built.”

The Private Medical Centre will be built at Number 3 near Carpenter Motors. Its construction is set to commence in March and is expected to be completed in four years.

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