The construction of a $31.9bn Maternal and Paediatric Hospital in Ogle, East Coast Demerara, in the South American country of Guyana, is making steady progress.

VAMED, an Austria-based international healthcare provider, is managing the project, which is on course for the next phase of development.

According to a media release from the Guyana Department of Public Information, the site preparation, including clearing at the site, fencing, and setting up of offices and welfare facilities for over 400 workers, is complete.

The deep foundation and basement of the facility are expected to be completed in the coming six weeks. This milestone will pave the way for the steel structures to be installed in March this year.

The latest developments of the project were shared in a meeting with the Advisor to the Minister of Health Dr Leslie Ramsammy, International Monetary Fund (IMF) deputy managing director Kenji Okamura and representatives from VAMED.

This hospital, a first-of-its-kind facility in the Caribbean, is scheduled to welcome its first patients in March 2026.

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VAMED project manager Walter Puhringer said: “In one year from now, the building will be completely closed, doors and windows will be installed, and we will be very busy in doing the internal finishings and the internal equipment of the building.”

On completion, the specialised structure, with a gross floor area spanning 24,000m², will comprise 256 beds.

It will also feature an advanced imaging suite equipped with CT scans, X-rays, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, alongside a modern laboratory for testing.

The contract for this healthcare project was signed on 8 June 2022.

Guyana Minister of Health advisor Dr Lesile Ramsammy said: “To improve maternal and child health and to extend access to remote and hinterland communities, we have introduced to our system telemedicine, tele-psychotherapy, teleophthalmology, and teleradiology.”