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Haiti - Reconstruction : Demolition work at the General Hospital
10/12/2011 09:43:03

Haiti - Reconstruction : Demolition work at the General Hospital
The demolition work of the hospital of the State University of Haiti (HUEH) started since the beginning of December. The priority is given to the safety of users and patients of the hospital, a security perimeter was established because "hese buildings have suffered extensive damage [...] they can fall from one moment to another with the risk of aftershocks in Haiti," indicated Guy Laroche, Director of the HUEH.

For the start of work to HUEH, a concrete water tower and three buildings have been identified : the pediatrics, the laboratory and the surgery have been transferred temporarily in prefabricated buildings waiting to be rebuilt.

"We have taken every precaution to make the demolition safely. We have delimited the site with barriers and we have set up a sprinkler system to prevent the spread of dust generated by the collapse of the building," explains Vladimir Goin, project manager of the NGO Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR). "Our involvement does not stop to the demolition, we put the recyclable debris aside and we send them to the recycling site of the UNOPS to be transformed into building materials such as street paving and Adoquin and this in collaboration with the MTPTC."

Located in the neighborhood of Lélio-Morne à Tuf, the hospital of the State University of Haiti is one of the 8,000 buildings to be demolished [classified red]n the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, as part of the debris management program. Coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the NGO DWR, the demolition work of the hospital will be completed before the end of the year.

First phase
The demolition is the first phase of the reconstruction of the HUEH for which $USD52 million are committed by the United States (USAID), France (AFD) and the Republic of Haiti. The HUEH was built in the early 20's, it's the largest hospital in Haiti, with a capacity of 700 beds. It receives over 10,000 new patients per month.

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