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Hong Kong and Sichuan partnership completes medical reconstruction projects (with photos)  

The smooth completion of construction works for the in-patient block of No. 2 People's Hospital of Deyang and the Deyang Dongqi Hospital in Sichuan is the result of joint effort between Hong Kong and Sichuan over the years.

A ceremony was held today (September 6) at the No. 2 People's Hospital of Deyang to commemorate its completion.

Construction of the in-patient block of No. 2 People's Hospital of Deyang started in late 2009, and is the second largest medical and health project supported by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government in terms of scale and funds.

The previous No. 2 People's Hospital of Deyang was devastated in the Sichuan earthquake. The HKSAR Government committed RMB122 million to rebuild the in-patient block on the same site.

With a bigger area, the new in-patient block provides 460 surgical beds and 240 medical beds to cater for a population of 4 million people in Deyang and its peripheral areas.

Not far from the No. 2 People's Hospital of Deyang lies the Deyang Dongqi Hospital, which has also been completed.

RMB115.7 million in reconstruction funding from the HKSAR Government helped Deyang Dongqi Hospital relocate and rise from the rubble as a medical complex with a construction surface area three times that of the previous one.

Comprising a main block, an outpatient block, a medical sciences building and other auxiliary buildings, the new Deyang Dongqi Hospital was completed after more than a year of construction.

The new hospital will serve 300,000 people in the East Jing River area and tens of thousands of victims from the other earthquake-stricken areas, as well as the 30,000 staff and their family members of Dongfang Steam Turbine Works in the Deyang economic and technological development zone.

To ensure the quality of the hospital projects and other HKSAR-funded reconstruction projects, the HKSAR and Sichuan have all along worked closely, attaching great importance to the management of the reconstruction work.

The HKSAR Government pledged $9 billion to set up a Trust Fund in Support of Reconstruction in the Sichuan Earthquake Stricken Areas to carry out 151 HKSAR Government-led reconstruction projects.

They cover two infrastructure projects, 23 Wolong Nature Reserve projects, 56 education projects, 35 medical and health projects and 35 social welfare projects across 12 earthquake-affected cities and prefectures in Sichuan.

By July 2011, 39 projects had been completed, including nine medical and health projects. Most of the remaining reconstruction projects are due for completion this year and next year.

Ends/Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:05