Construction of the five phases of the Sipetu District Hospital in Eastern Cape, which commenced in February 2014, is currently under way.
According to Sicelo Ggobana who is the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for health, construction of the new health facility under the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) project will help improve the delivery of health services to the people in the area.
The hospital will see least 140,000 people in Ntabankulu able to access good health services in addition to experiencing world class infrastructure. Phase one of the construction involves construction of platforms for the new building and installation of bulk services and it is estimated to take six and a half months.
According to Sipho Kuhlase, Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) project manager, the design and development of the hospital upgrade are at an advanced stage, as Phase 2 went out on tender in March. Phase two and three, which will take 30 months and 18 months respectively to complete, will entail construction of the main hospital and its services block. Four wards and a general ward for tuberculosis patients will be constructed on phase four.
The hospital construction works will be concluded concurrently to ensure commissioning of all sections of the hospital take place simultaneously.