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Academy has capacity to pay for itself

Published: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Comparing the opening of the Brian Lara Academy/Stadium to the non-opening of the Couva Children’s Hospital is like the old adage of comparing apples and oranges. You see, a hospital is not just a building or even its equipment. To function it requires scores of doctors, hundreds of nurses, nurses’ helpers, cleaners, pharmacists, administrators, etc.

A one-off spending to complete infrastructure is one thing. However, opening the hospital commits one to hundreds of millions of dollars in recurrent expenditure year after year from now on.

In the case of the Brian Lara Academy the sum for running that facility would prove to be significantly lower. Not only that, it has the capacity to generate income that would help pay for itself.

That may be the real reason the Couva Children’s Hospital remains closed while the Academy has been opened.

ANISA GRANT

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