Contract Signed for Construction of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 December 2012 00:00

SigningDecember 20, 2012 – Belize City, Belize

On Thursday afternoon, the office of the Special Envoy, the Ministry of Health, KHMH Authority and Challenge Gobie Foundation celebrated another milestone in the establishment of the new Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) with the signing of the contract for the first phase of the construction works.

Signing the contract was Mr. Javier Gutierrez, Managing Director of Gutierrez and Associates Architecture, whose company won the bid for the construction of the PICU, and Mr. Alan Gobie, founder of the Challenge Gobie Foundation, who fundraised the initial one million dollars for the start of construction. Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow and Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen signed as witnesses.

The PICU project is being spearheaded by Special Envoy for Women and Children and Lifeline Founder/Director, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, KHMH Authority, Challenge Gobie Foundation and the Oak Foundation. This new unit will provide services to critically ill children and babies who presently cannot be treated in country and whose parents have to seek services abroad. As such, this new wing is expected to greatly aid in the reduction of mortality rates among critically ill neonatal and paediatric patients. Construction of the new wing will commence in January 2013.

The contract signing ceremony took place at the KHMH Conference Room and was attended by Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin; KHMH CEO, Dr. Gary Longsworth; directors of the Lifeline Foundation and administration and staff of the KHMH, including the Board of Governors.

Mrs. Barrow and Mr. Gobie thank all those who’ve supported the PICU project. This includes David and John Reimer of Caribbean Tires and Caribbean Motors, who assisted with the fundraising efforts through the provision of vehicles for raffle; the OAK Foundation, Minister of Health and the KHMH neonatal unit staff.