FORMER OCEAN VIEW HOTEL TO BECOME COVID-19 HOSPITAL
Bibi Bacchus tells us that the Government is currently renovating the former Ocean View Hotel to become a COVID-19 hospital and according to Director-General Harmon the facility will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean…Posted by Safetv2 Headline News on Friday, 17 April 2020
Major renovations continue on the former Ocean View Hotel which has been designated as one of the facilities to treat and quarantine patients diagnosed with COVID 19. The building is being remodelled to facilitate 300 beds, an Intensive Care Unit, a High Dependency Unit, an operating theatre and a ward for patients who are quarantined with the coronavirus. The structure’s roof and its three floors are currently being redone to accommodate the remodelling work. Construction started on April 6th and it is expected to be completed within 4-6 weeks. The Ministry of Public Health is increasing its quarantine facilities since the World Health Organization has estimated an increased number of cases in Guyana. The government has also set up the National Gymnasium as another facility. According to the Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, the total cost of the renovation of the former hotel has yet to be calculated. He divulged this during a visit to the Civil Defense Commission’s Headquarters on Thursday. While concerns were expressed over the possibility of flooding at the facility, the Director-General noted that engineers are already engaged in revetment work on the grounds. According to Harmon, the site will be specifically used for COVID-19 patients even after the pandemic has passed. He also noted that Guyana will be the first nation in the Caribbean to have built a permanent facility dedicated solely to the treatment of COVID-19.