University premises vacated for use by MDH

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Gateway Building at the University of Malta is being converted to house certain Mater Dei Departments so that there will be more space at Mater Dei Hospital (MDH) for patients suffering from coronavirus.

Workers were on location this morning to adapt the lecture halls for their new purpose. The physiotherapy department of MDH will be probably one of the MDH departments that could be housed at Gateway Building. is informed this decision was taken during a meeting held earlier this week between Minister of Health, Mr Chris Fearne, the Rector of the University Prof. Alfred Vella, and the CEO of Mater Dei Celia Falzon.

The decision to use Gateway Building is in line with Government’s policy to vacate as much space as possible in MDH to be used for coronavirus patients, whose number is expected to continue to increase, more so since the number of local infections is now on the increase.

One of the options which were discussed during the meeting between Fearne, Vella and Falzon was whether to use the Gateway Building to actually house coronavirus patients. This option was discarded.

During the same meeting, it was agreed to vacate all the offices of the academics of the faculties of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Surgery and Medicine.