GPHC ‘christens’ Maternity Unit Theatre
- patients no longer have to be sent to main operating facility
Mandy Smith, 23, yesterday became the first-ever patient to be operated on in the recently commissioned Operating Theatre of the Maternity Unit of the Georgetown Pubic Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Smith entered the theatre around 12:10hrs and gave birth at 12:37hrs. The baby, a boy, weighed 3kg 100g, hospital officials said yesterday.
The new life brought into the world is Smith’s second child. Upon delivery of her first baby, she also underwent surgery.
However, on that occasion, she had to be transported from the Maternity Unit via ambulance to the Main Operating Theatre which is located in the Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Centre (ACDC) building in the North Block of the hospital’s compound.
For her and other mothers who develop complications, this will no longer be the case. The maternal operating theatre is now conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the Pre-natal Unit of the Maternity Ward. It is outfitted with all the requisite equipment, medical supplies and staff, who will function on a 24-hour basis to cater for any emergency case which may present itself.
GPHC disclosed that the majority of the equipment was donated by Global Links, a US-based organisation and the Ministry of Health.
The Operating Theatre was officially re-opened on 31 May 2012.
Maternal mortality has been an issue of concern within the media over the last few years, as the number of reported cases has increased in comparison to a decade ago.
In 2010, there was a spate of maternal deaths; thereafter, there have been a few too many cases.
Management of the GPHC yesterday affirmed that it remains cognizant of the need to steadily improve the quality of health care provided to the people of Guyana as the demand for such care arises.
GPHC made it known that the initiative is coupled with the Masters Degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Programme which commenced in May last.
Mandy Smith is now said to be resting “comfortably” in the Recovery Room of the Maternity Theatre. Another procedure was scheduled to commence within hours of the first.