Guatemala’s public health and social security ministry (Mspas) has launched tender for the upgrade and expansion of the Chiquimula hospital, reported Bnamericas

The ministry will receive the bids on 5 August.

Once the bids are received, the winning company will be awarded the hospital project as a turnkey contract, according to procurement site Guatecompras.

In 2018, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) approved a financing of $193m for five hospital projects that also included the Chiquimula hospital.

Out of the $193m, $79m has been provided by Korea Development Co-financing Facility for Central America.

This is the third tender to be launched by Cabei and the ministry out of five hospitals.

The ministry secured bids for two new hospitals located in Jutiapa and Mazatenango municipalities last week, reported Bnamericas.

The winning firms are expected to design, build and equip these two new hospitals.

However, tenders have not been put out for two hospitals located in the cities of San Pedro Carchá, and Sololá.  

The five projects are expected to add 1,040 beds to the country’s public health system.

The projects feature four phases: pre-investment phase followed by construction phase, installation phase and operations commencement phase.

Through Guatecompras website, the ministry issued designs and studies about the works to be undertaken.