WORK on the proposed new eye care centre in Honiara has kicked off with the sealing off of what used to be the hospital’s parking area.
Work on the area has seen much of the former parking lot sealed off and fenced with the erection of the new building’s foundation (ground work) commence.
The facility which promises to be a state of the art building is being funded for by the New Zealand Government in association with the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Referral Hospital, Dr George Manimu previously told this paper that such development is a milestone in the long run as it would help bring back services to the country rather than sending out eye trainers to health institute other countries abroad.
He said such would help bring back eye doctors and nurses to be trained here rather than abroad.
However such development has been hampered and met with mixed emotions by the general public, with most complaining of the lack of parking space that the new development has brought about.
“The entire parking area is now being sealed off and fenced, and now it creates the problem of vehicle overcrowding at the entrance of the hospital,” was the general feedback received from the public.
Meanwhile despite the mixed feelings and feedbacks, work on the new eye care centre look set to continue.
Dr Manimu could not be reached for comments on the matter yesterday.
By JEREMY INIFIRI