Key to Hospital’s New Annex Presented to Health Minister
The Minister of Health, N.Udval, was officially presented with the key of the new annex of the First Maternity Hospital at an inauguration ceremony on January 31. The new annex was constructed by Centerra Gold Corporation in cooperation with Tsast Construction and other partners.
N.Udval expressed her appreciation to Centerra Gold and Tsast Construction for their excellent contributions to the Mongolian health sector. She transferred the key to the Ulaanbaatar City Mayor, E.Bat-Uul, and said, “Hereby, you are responsible for the health, safety, and high quality care of mothers and children in Ulaanbaatar.”
The annex has 100 beds for women and 50 beds for infant care. The annex also has new equipment for diagnosis, treatment, and surgery. The improvements also include individual patient access to an oxygen apparatus. The annex was built from a fund of 10 billion MNT.
During the inauguration ceremony, the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Centerra Gold, Gordon D. Reid, noted that one of the most joyous and precious moments of life is undoubtedly the arrival of a healthy infant. He emphasized that the new annex should provide a safe and healthy environment for the birth of Mongolia’s future residents. He also noted that the construction of the annex was a successful joint venture between Centerra Gold, the Ministry of Health, the Ulaanbaatar City Government, and Tsast Construction.
The former Minister of Health, S.Lambaa, was also present at the inauguration ceremony and stated, “I want to emphasize that this annex is the first ever major building constructed for Mongolian mothers and children with foreign investment. We accepted the investment and now, as a result, an excellent hospital annex has been constructed. I’m delighted to see it”
The annex is preparing to receive patients, but is not yet ready to open. The Director of the First Maternity Hospital, J.Enkhbayar, said that they are still facing challenges in relation to human resources. The Ministry of Health issued a budget covering 200 positions for the annex, but so far the hospital has only completed the hiring of the obstetricians. Vacancies remain open for the other required staff. These include neonatal doctors, pathologists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, surgery nurses, intensive care doctors, and assistants.
The First Maternity Hospital is planning to bring the annex up to international operational standards within the first half of 2013.
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