Scene at the working session (Photo: thesaigontimes.vn)

Can Tho (VNA) – Tombor Balint, Political Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, had a working session with leaders of Can Tho on April 24 to review a joint project on building a new oncology hospital in the Mekong Delta city.

The 500-bed facility is set to be built at a cost of 70.57 million EUR, of which 56.99 million EUR comes from the Hungarian Government’s official development assistance and the rest from the municipal budget.

It has been designed as a hospital hotel, which is expected to meet local demand for affordable prices and become a top oncology research and education centre in Vietnam.

At the meeting, Vo Thanh Thong, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said the construction of the hospital covers 12 sub-projects.

According to the local Health Department, four sub-projects on arranging contractors for design, equipment supply, building and consulting have so far been finished.

Can Tho will select contractors for most of the remaining work between April 20 and June 30, with a quality assessment consultant set to be chosen within the first quarter of 2018.  

Tombor Balint praised efforts made by the city to accelerate construction and stressed the need to put the hospital into operation on schedule.

He asked the city change the project’s launching ceremony to early June from late May as scheduled so that a Hungarian official can attend the event.

The Can Tho side agreed to the request.-VNA