Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) plans to build a new 1000-bed specialised hospital at its university premises in Shahbag using a soft loan of $122.25m from South Korea.
The state-run medical university on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Korean government’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund for a feasibility study to construct a multi-disciplinary modern hospital on 1.5 hectares of land, opposite the Rupashi Bangla Hotel, BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pran Gopal Datta told the Dhaka Tribune.
Prof Datta and Sujeong Choi, representative of the Export-Import Bank of Korea’s EDCF operations department, signed the MoU at the BSMMU premises.
According to the MoU, a 30-member EDCF fact-finding mission will do an assessment of the project, assisted by a 20-member BSMMU taskforce. The assessment is expected to be completed in the next five months, and then a detailed project plan will be finalised.
After a final agreement is reached between the two sides, the hospital is expected to be constructed by 2017.
The Korean government will provide the $122.25m loan at 0.6% interest, repayable in 30 years, Dr Ahmed Abu Saleh of BSMMU said.
“This will be a unique, modern hospital, where poor patients will get treatment at low costs,” Dr Saleh said.
According to a proposed plan, the hospital will include a 100-bed intensive care unit (ICU), a 50-bed high dependency unit, a 50-bed neo-natal ICU, a 50-bed paediatric ICU, 10 modern operation theatres, a neurosurgery unit, and facilities for bone marrow, liver and kidney transplants.