YEN BAI (VNS)— Work on the 1,000sq.m Tan Thinh Clinic in the northern mountain province of Yen Bai began three years ago, but it's still not finished.
The clinic, which was meant to open a year ago, is to serve residents in Tran Thinh, Dai Lich, Cat Thinh communes and Tran Phu Town in Van Chan Commune.
Instead, they are still crammed into "temporary" space in a 30squ.m village hall.
When finished, the new clinic will cost VND8.5 billion (US$404,700) provided by the State budget. It is being built by Duong Thinh Investment, Construction and Infrastructure Development Co Ltd.
Every day, dozens of people have health checks in the temporary clinic, which is staffed by a total of 11 doctors and nurses.
Head of the clinic, Ha Van Thanh, said while the village hall was cramped, medical staff had no option but to use it for examining patients, giving injections, changing dressings and pre-natal check-ups.
Work on the new clinic stopped at the beginning of last year. No clear reason was given.
At present, as a Viet Nam News Agency correspondent has observed, 60 per cent of the construction work has been completed, but grass grows luxuriantly inside the building and there are cobwebs everywhere.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Duy Thong, a construction manager with Yen Bai Department of Health, said the contractor had pledged to finish the roofing, flooring and doors, but nothing had been done.
Twice this year, a provincial committee handling investment and construction management, has invited the builders to meetings.
At the last meeting, Na promised to complete construction of the main rooms of the clinic and open to public before the end of October.
That's only eight weeks away and no one is holding their breath. — VNS