The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation yesterday afternoon commissioned its first ever Hemodialysis centre. The centre is located next door to the National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) at Lamaha and East Streets, Georgetown.
Several months ago the then Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, had promised to have a center started at the hospital which would be convenient to all in-patients at the GPHC.
GPHC had been partnering with the Doobay Renal Center at Annandale, East Coast Demerara, Mc Masters University and Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto, Canada to have the service introduced at GPHC.
The partners have sent their technical advisors, who have worked with the staff of the GPHC to have the unit functional. The centre currently has three dialysis machines (chairs), a state of the art water purification system, and some specialized consumables. Kaieteur News was told that all of these things were donated. The equipment was installed by the Doobay Medical Renal Centre’s team.
Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran yesterday said that the commissioning of the centre means a lot to the hospital. Dr Ramsaran told the media this new venture has signaled the Ministry’s intention of strengthening the dialysis treatment.
The Minister said that patients at present would not have to pay anything for this service. He said that this is because of charitable individuals and institutions who continue to pledge their support to benefit the hospital.
Moreover, the Minister said that he intends to strengthen the focus on tackling chronic illnesses to prevent persons from reaching the stage of having to receive dialysis treatment. Both the Minister and the Chief Executive Officer, Michael Khan said that the service, which costs close to $26,000 per treatment, will be provided to the patients of the hospital free of cost.
Kaieteur News was told that GPHC’s staff will continue to monitor the system to ensure efficiency. Overseas technical advisors will visit periodically to lend their support and advice. These patients who require the service will be seen by a visiting Nephrologist every six weeks to have their conditions assessed.
GPHC also has the skilled capacity to administer this treatment – two nurses have to-date been trained. This centre is a prerequisite for kidney transplant operations to be conducted, a service which GPHC hopes to have recommenced some time in the future.
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