The expansion and renovation of the neonatal intensive care unit of Makarios children’s hospital, amounting to over €5.5 million, is underway, state health services organisation (Okypy) said on Friday.

Okypy announced the tender for the upgrade of the unit on Friday, saying the project is estimated at €5,551,975 plus VAT and is expected to be completed in 20 months after the tender is awarded. It includes the renovation of the existing unit and its connection to the extension through two bridges and which will be located above the existing hospital car park.

The extension and renovation of the ICU provides for the creation of intensive care wards with 26 incubators, four isolation wards and intermediate care wards with 24 incubators on the basis of approved specifications.

Upon completion of the project, the site will offer specially designed and upgraded spaces for parents of the babies, designed to make their visit to the ICU as comfortable as possible.

Both the area of the extension and the space to be renovated will comply with the provisions of the legislation, following the modern standards of hospitals and taking into account all the suggestions of the competent bodies.

This project is being implemented with the contribution of the Mora Thavmata charity.