Feb 23, 2013 News Comments Off on Diamond Hospital treated 80,012 patients last year
By: Romila Boodram
The East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital saw a total of 80,012 patients for last year. Of that amount; the hospital reported that 7,966 visited the eye clinic for treatment and 443 were referred to the Ophthalmologic Center for surgery.
This was disclosed to Kaieteur News on Wednesday by the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mana.
According to the CEO, the response from the general public is overwhelming. He said that persons from Linden, Canal, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, Parika, Leguan and even St. Cuthbert’s Mission are visiting the hospital for treatment.
Kaieteur News understands that the hospital’s Outpatient department sees the largest number on a daily basis. For 2011, a total of 57,796 patients visited that department. Of that, 3,222 were admitted to the Observation Wards and the Intensive Care Unit.
Commenting on the hospital’s performance, Mana said that “the response is overwhelming. Sometimes you would find this facility using a comparable amount of medication to GPHC (Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation) and sometimes even more.”
He noted that a single doctor would see more than 140 patients per day, “…For the week ending February 14, last, 1601 patients visited the General Outpatient and one of the things that we don’t do at this facility is turn away patients who are not from this Region.”
The Regional hospital is said to be the only facility on the East Bank to offer free dental care. For last year, 4,743 persons took advantage of the service while 2,240 utilized the services offered by the health institute’s Gynecologist.
Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertension and Skin Infection are more frequent. Last year, the hospital saw a total of 3,188 diabetic patients, 2,983 Asthmatic patients, 4,526 persons with Hypertension and 4,477 persons who were affected with some sort of skin infection.
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