The $160 million project was started by the previous government to expand health care options in rural areas. work on many of the projects ground to a halt in September 2013 as problems erupted between the government and contractors.
Minister of Health Francisco Javier Terrientes has said that problems such as lack of drinking water and electrical connections have stalled the work at some of the centers. For example, the center at Llano Carti, in Guna Yala, is located 50 kilometers from the nearest source of electricity.
Ministry advisor Gabriel Cedeño, said that there are plans to bring several of the centers on line by the end of the year. They include facilities in Chiriqui, Veragu the Darién and Torti. The fate of the remaining centers will depend on the availability of funds in the 2016 budget.