The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Regional Administration Health Sector, has lauded efforts to proper facilitate and maintain a quality of standard at the Dr CC Nicholson Memorial Hospital, located at the Golden Grove/ Nabacalis area, East coast Demerara.
“The aim of the Ministry is to resurrect a run down health centre” said Dr Bheri Ramsaran, Minister within the Health Ministry, yesterday, when he visited the institution.
According to Dr Ramsaran, the hospital had two Cuban doctors, who were facilitated with living quarters at the facility, but they became uncomfortable with the living conditions and now operate “on call”.
The Minister said that he is disappointed with the manner surroundings are being kept at the institute. He said that it is the responsibility of the head of the hospital and the Regional Administration to maintain the environs of the hospital.
Dr. Ramsaran said that there are two Guyanese doctors that are now functioning at the establishment; they are Dr. Ameeka Breedy and Dr. David Nelson. He added that the living quarters for the doctors are conducive for them to dwell in.
He said that the doctors were trained in Cuba, two years ago and have gained experience from working at other medical facilities, including Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
The Minister noted that Dr Nelson is “heading” the Buxton Health Centre and will not be assigned to the Beterverwagting Health Centre, as was previously mentioned in an earlier article.
Kaieteur News understands that the memorial hospital has two doctors, one medic, three mid-wives, a pharmacist and junior staff members (trainees).
When Kaieteur News visited the hospital last week, Medic Venture told this newspaper that the facility had no doctors functioning at the institution, since January; last, she mentioned that the hospital was in need of an ambulance, since the last one operated since July.
Dr Ramsaran stated that between January and September, the staff at the CC Nicholson Memorial Hospital has seen over 1000 persons from the outpatient.
He said that there were 60 deliveries of babies (no still births), six referrals to GPHC, including two high risk pregnancy cases, 69 patients for the antenatal clinic, 75 patients for the infant clinic and 149 patients for the children clinic.
When Kaieteur News asked about the absent of an ambulance and sponsorship from the CC Nicholson foundation in the united kingdom (UK), the Minister said that an ambulance will be assigned shortly to the hospital.
He said that the Ministry normally receives monetary assistance from the foundation, but the major responsibilities of the institution are facilitated by the Health Ministry.
The memorial hospital which came into existence 15 years ago was originally named the Nabacalis Health Centre. The Dr CC Nicholson Memorial Hospital Foundation (UK) was created to keep alive the name of Dr CC Nicholson, who was a prominent Guyanese medical practitioner.
The foundation’s main aim was supported by the Government of Guyana at that time, thus renovations were done to the building, which was renamed the “Dr CC Nicholson Memorial Hospital”.
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