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ABOUT THE FACILITY
From Page A6
The founding philosophy of the Couva
Children's Hospital and Multi-training Centre
for Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacology and
Optometry is to make the most-advanced
medical services available to the people of
T&T, with special emphasis on the needs of
children. Upon completion, the Couva
Children's Hospital will be a full-service digital
paediatric facility with state-of-the-art clinical
services complemented by teaching facilities
for medical specialists. The hospital will offer
critical medical care to both children and
adults with a three-storey bed tower
dedicated to paediatrics and women,
containing 80 beds, and a second three-
storey bed tower dedicated to adult patients,
containing 150 beds.
Located just off the Sir Solomon Hochoy
Highway, the facility will be easily accessible
to patients across the country and equipped
with modern, high-end medical equipment to
ensure the most progressive medical
treatment is made available.
Among the departments and services
offered by the Couva Children's Hospital are
Diagnostic & Imaging, Surgery, Burn &
Plastics Programme, Critical Care, Mother &
Child Care, Birthing, Paediatric Outpatient
Clinic, Adult Outpatient Clinic, Paediatric
Rehabilitation, a pharmacy and laboratory,
and a helipad to provide helicopter access for
The multi-training facility will focus on
medicine, nursing, pharmacology and
optometry, which will be located in an
adjacent building to the hospital block
connected by a covered pathway.
The facility will be environmentally
accommodating and take advantage of the
site's natural topography, views and existing
tree lines. It will also be self-sufficient, with a
single central utility plant and tertiary level
waste water treatment plant to ensure
reliability. External works within this phase
also include 620 parking spaces, roads and
landscaping. There will also be a housing
facility to serve as a hotel, guesthouse or
residence, as well as a shopping mall.
Taken from the website of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott)
would treat adults as well.
Camini, also from Gran Couva, said: "They need
to think about the persons who live so far away
from the other hospitals that being sick or a medical
emergency could mean death. What about people
who live in real rural areas in Couva. By the time
you get to Sando hospital, you dead."
Nadia from Carapichaima said for too many years
residents of the area have faced the challenges of
getting to medical facilities far from their homes.
The SFGH, she said, was almost always filled.
However, Freeport resident Caroline thinks oth-
erwise. She called for the institution to be opened
for the purpose it was intended. She added that
the children's unit at the EWMSC was not only
too far away, but often overcrowded.
This did not sit well with a passerby, who heard
the comment and interjected that the Government
should move quickly towards opening the facility
for the general public and not just for children.
When informed that the hospital would also cater
for burn and trauma patients from the Pt Lisas
industrial area, Ravi, from La Romaine, said: "That
ent good enough, so leave others to suffer or die
if we not working in Pt Lisas? I say make it a general
hospital for everybody to benefit."
Khan said when the hospital was opened by for-
mer prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, it was
"100 per cent completed, with the adult wing about
90 per cent." As far as infrastructure, Khan said
the facility was ready for immediate use. However,
he remained adamant that it be utilised for the
purpose it was intended.
The country, he said, already had enough general
hospitals and specialised care was needed more
and more every day. Staff, he said, could be sourced
locally, but doctors and nurses should be paid
according to the level of work they were expected
"What are they really doing? Is either Government
give the people the much-needed Children's Hos-
pital or they keep demonising it to score political
points," added Khan.
He said too much effort was being placed on
"looking for what is simply not there," while the
public was deprived of its use.
When asked if the site was ever earmarked for
facilities other than the hospital, Khan said no.
He added that the site adjacent to the hospital
was to have offered visitors and relatives accom-
modation, a space to shop, and the comfort of
knowing they were close to their loved ones. That
facility, he stated, would have been separate from
the original arrangement and the government would
have sought to tender it out through public/private
Khan noted that the hospital was all part of the
then government's medical tourism thrust, aimed
at attracting international markets.
"In this thing, you have to think big if you want
to attract the attention of the international medical
market. This would and can still be seen as a poten-
tial medical city' where visitors, patients and their
family can be at comfort and access the best spe-
cialised care for their sick or critical
children/patients," he added.
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