THE Ministry of Health and Medical Service’s $17 million project is expected to commence this year and it is understood a contractor has already been awarded the contract through the appropriate tender processes.
According to 2020 Appropriation Bill 2019, the government has already allocated funds through its Ministry of Health and Medical Services for this significant project.
In a statement late last year before parliament went into “Sine Die”, the Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services Samuel Manetoali on behalf of the Minister for Health and Medical Services (MOH) said the CT scan project will start in 2020.
The CT scan project which came under the Thesauri Health Care Services program plans had already been completed and it will be located near the radiology building at the National Referral Hospital.
In an interview with Pacific Tenders, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Procurement Director Layton Jacob said Hatanga Limited has won the bid for the first phase of the project which will include the design and construction of the CT scan housing facility.
“We have awarded Hatanga on the 6th of November 2019 the contract to design and construct the CT scan project,” said Jacob.
Jacob further explained the second component of the project, Phase II is the CT scan project management where the tender process is yet to be finalized by the CT scan Interim Manager Dr Aaron Oritaemae.
The total contractual amount for the first phase of the project which was awarded to Hatanga is $10,680,410.98 million and the remaining $6,319,589.02 million will be reserved for the second phase of the project, the CT scan Project Management.
According to Dr Oritaemae the construction work is expected to take 14 months before the installation of the equipment which is expected to be around November 2020.