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Grenada secures Chinese backing for new teaching hospital
Published on June 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada has secured backing from the Chinese government and other overseas partners who will join St George’s University (SGU) in establishing a new teaching hospital in the country, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has announced.

“We are ready to go,” Mitchell told a town hall meet in New York on Sunday. “The benefits are going to be enormous.”

The former administration had floated the idea of the teaching hospital, but had only named SGU as a partner without identifying any other backers of the health facility project.

Mitchell indicated on Sunday that not only has his administration secured material support for the teaching hospital, but also promised that it would be a “first class facility” that will “sell Grenada as a serious place of health tourism”, where nationals – including those residing in the Diaspora – could receive top medical treatment and also use it to recuperate.

New York is the first stop of a three-city visit by a delegation headed by the prime minister and including deputy prime minister and minister of legal affairs Elvin Nimrod; health minister Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen; and government advisor and former foreign minister Peter David.

At the meeting, it was disclosed that diplomat Derrick James – the former Grenada consul general to New York – had been an appointed an ambassador to the United Nations.

As ambassador, James has special responsibility for humanitarian affairs and Diaspora affairs. The prime minister’s delegation is also travelling to Montreal and Toronto.
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