Chinese-built hospital risks collapse in Angola: State radio

Luanda`s general hospital has evacuated 150 patients over worries that the four-year-old, Chinese-built structure could collapse, state radio reported on Tuesday.

Updated: Jul 06, 2010, 19:44 PM IST

Luanda: Luanda`s general hospital has
evacuated 150 patients over worries that the four-year-old,
Chinese-built structure could collapse, state radio reported on Tuesday.

The patients were evacuated after the discovery of "deep
cracks in the walls of the paediatrics and gynaecology wards",
the report said.

The USD eight million hospital was built by the China
Overseas Engineering Group Company (COVEC), through credit
lines provided by Beijing, according to the private weekly O
Pais.

The ruling MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of
Angola) has dispatched one of its parliamentarians, Ariana
Afonso, to inspect the damage.

"A structure built so recently should not present this
type of problem, which puts patients` lives in danger," she
said on state radio.

"Luanda`s provincial government should find those
responsible. Because eight million dollars is a lot, for a
building that took so little time to build," she added.

Since the 27-year civil war ended in 2002, Angola has
embarked on a major reconstruction drive with hefty aid from
China, which has provided credit lines in exchange for Angolan
oil.

China has granted USD nine billion in loans since the end
of the war.

Another USD six billion in credit is under negotiation.

PTI