Subject: PM Alkatiri launches rehabilitation of main Dili hospital
East Timor: PM Alkatiri launches rehabilitation of main Dili hospital
Dili, Nov. 15 (Lusa) - Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri launched work Tuesday to rehabilitate East Timor's main hospital, a euros 5.9 million project set to be concluded in October 2007.
During the ceremony, Alkatiri underlined the important role played by Cuba and China in staffing Dili's Guido Valadares National Hospital and said East Timor would continue to need international support in the medical field for the next 10 to 15 years.
The thorough rehabilitation of the hospital complex and construction of a new operating theater are co-financed by the government and the European Union.
The Health Ministry has announced plans to renovate or construct five other hospitals by 2007 in Maliana, Maubisse, Suai, Baucau and the enclave of Oecusse.
In another development, the country's Red Cross announced Tuesday that it had formally joined the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent at the organization's general assembly under way in Seoul, South Korea.