Officials at Bali's General Hospital Rumah Sakit Sanglah have confirmed that the cornerstone of a new International Wing is scheduled to be laid on June 22, 2004.
The cornerstone ceremony is to be held simultaneously with the inauguration of the Hospital's new Burn Unit. Plans are still uncertain who will officiate at these two events, with Hospital authorities hoping the President or, in her place, the Minister of Health will be able to attend.
Working with limited funds, the first Rp. 20 billion (approximately US$ 2.12 million) allocated for the International Wing will be used to complete the first floor of the project housing a polyclinic. The total project, estimated to cost Rp. 40 - 50 billion (approximately US$ 4.3 to US$ 5.3 million) including a second floor, is targeted for completion in 2005.
Plans to upgrade Bali's main hospital gained urgency in the aftermath of the Bali bombing of October 2002 when the island's need for an international standard hospital facility was made glaringly clear.
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