A NEW hospital is expected to be built in Cedros soon, says Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan. He said the area was in need of a "mini-hospital".
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday after the opening of the oncology unit at the San Fernando General Hospital, Khan said, "To develop that area and to provide service for the people in that part of the country, we need a mini hospital.
"I would say a district facility. Not just a health centre but one that has beds, one that will be able to have maternity (services) as well a small surgical services and also paediatrics services."
Khan also said feasibility studies and user briefs conducted for the Point Fortin Hospital have been sent to the Ministry of Finance, which will forward the information to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will have to contact the Chinese Embassy "because it is a concessional loan to build the Point Fortin Hospital".
He said the old hospital will continue to operate in the meantime, and parts were being repaired and expanded.
And the city of San Fernando will be getting a new health centre soon.
Anil Gosine, chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), said approval was given by Khan for the health centre.
He said one of the old hostels will be broken down and the health centre constructed in its place.
The oncology centre officially opened on Tuesday was a nurses training area.
At a cost of approximately $4 million, the building near Naparima Bowl was refurbished within eight months, to become the main oncology centre for South Trinidad.