CityNews – Dr. Worawut Kowatchakoon, director of San Sai Hospital has issued a statement that the new buildings of the hospital will soon be functioning. His statement was in response to receiving criticism that over a year has gone by since the official opening of the buildings in April of last year, yet the buildings are not operational.
According to the statement, the two new buildings were provided to the hospital but were unable to operate due to insufficient power supply and systems, which required an additional investment of 30 million baht. The hospital has been raising funds for the past year to meet the target. In spite of great difficulty, said the doctor, the fund has now reached its 30 million baht target.
Another challenge the hospital is facing is all three buildings are not physically connected. The hospital has been gathering funds from other hospitals and bridges are now under construction with a planned completion date of the end of this month, under a 300,000 baht budget. Once the bridges are completed, patients in ICU will be transferred to the new building.
The third point made by the director is that there is no road to access the new buildings. The hospital has applied for a budget from the Ministry of Public Health. The road will be completed and the buildings will be able to be opened by November.
The director pointed out that with these projects complete and the buildings functioning at full capacity, it will increase the hospital’s patient beds from 60 to 300. There will also be roughly 30 additional medical specialists at the hospital by the end of this year.