Dept speeds up TB ward construction

2012-06-05 19:09
A medical official conducts a tuberculosis test. (File, AFP)

A medical official conducts a tuberculosis test. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The construction of a new tuberculosis (TB) complex at the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital in Johannesburg will be sped up, the Gauteng health department said on Tuesday.

"Construction has [previously] been delayed due to the department's slow payment to the construction company, variation of orders and changes in the scope of work," provincial spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

He said a meeting between hospital management, department officials and a representative from the construction company would be held later in the week.

The meeting is meant to iron out issues relating to the work needed to complete the construction of the wards.

The construction costs increased from R30m to R42m due to additional work such as storm water drainage.

The new wards are set to increase the hospital's capacity and introduce single cubicle beds to prevent the spread of TB.

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