THE health service boost in Nelson Mandela Bay as a result of new facilities is expected to have even further benefits with more than 1000 jobs created during the five-year construction period.
In addition, at least 37% of construction will be done by small Bay building companies.
Development at Dora Nginza Hospital in Zwide starts today with the construction of the R33-million pharmacy getting under way.
“We are moving to create higher levels of job creation, by using our people on construction jobs and reviewing how tender processes deliver on jobs for local communities,” Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana said.
The department is partnering with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).
The economic impact of the project was discussed at a sod-turning on Friday where an analysis indicated 1151 jobs would be created. The project would also be used as a training ground for 2405 people in the construction industry.
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Doctors and nurses were also shown artists’ impressions of the new facility.
Gqobana said he had not lost sight of the hospital’s doctor, nurse and other medical professional shortage.