|The hospital's basement has subsided. — Photo tuoitre.vn
AN GIANG (VNS) — Cracks and subsidence have already appeared at the 100-bed general hospital in the southern province of An Giang's Chau Thanh District even before its inauguration.
"The hospital has two floors, but cracks began to appear in the walls on the first floor since the end of last year," Tu Quoc Tuan, Director of Health Department in An Giang province, said.
Two out of the ten different spots on the wall drilled by the authorities had collapsed because the concrete was not as hard as had been specified in the design, he added.
Besides, the hospital's basement has subsided in some places.
The hospital construction started in October 2009 in an area of nearly five hectares with an investment of VND111 billion (US$4.96 million).
It consists of construction sites, and includes areas where patients are examined and treated, administrative rooms, emergency wards, and so on.
Most of the work has been completed by four construction companies and it was waiting to be put to use as the problems begun occurring.
"The authorities are investigating the case. When the causes are identified, those who are behind it must take responsibility and deal with the consequences," Tuan said.— VNS