Panama has reopened a tender for the transport, treatment and disposal of hazardous hospital waste.
After the Ministry of Health directly awarded a three month contract to Naves Supply Company, raising serious questions in the industry, the government has decided to open a new tender, published PanamáCompra on its web Portal on July 1.
Up to $20 million is thought to be necessary to improve infrastructure, medicine stocks and equipment in order to save the Nicolás A. Solano hospital in southern Panama.
The Health Minister, Franklin Vergara, will ask the Panamanian congress for a special $10 million loan to be used for the improvement works that the hospital needs. The health facility's poor condition is due to 11 years of inadequate maintenance, which have led it to its current crisis situation in which it, "lacks medicines, equipment and health personnel".
The Minister for Health will carry out an evaluation of hospital waste in order to install treatment equipment.
The Minister, Franklin Vergara, said the project began in the integrated San Miguel Arcángel hospital, where start-of-the-art equipment is treating waste such as syringes and needles, producing sterilized outputs.
The Health Ministry decided to delay by 10 days the bidding process for building 5 hospitals in the country.
“The original date for opening the proposals was June, Tuesday 29. The evaluating committee explained that choosing the contractor ended up being a very complex process, and requested an additional three days”, reported Prensa.com.
Now that the standardization and consultation process is done, interested companies have until May 14 to present their final designs.
Over 50 companies have participated in the process. At least three of them, Oderbrecth, Impregilo and Copisa, announced they will proceed and submit designs.
Health Minister Franklin Vergara informed that the consultation process with interested companies has been concluded. The project comprises building and equipping 5 hospitals across the country: Colón, Chiriquí, Darién, Los Santos and Veraguas. The government estimated their cost at $386 million.
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