The Health and Sanitation Committee of Region Two [Pomeroon/Supenaam], is now making a request that all health centres in the Pomeroon be fully equipped with solar panels. This request was made due to the significant amount of vaccines, were recently spoiled at various health centres in Region Two.
The matter on the spoilage of vaccine was initially brought to the RDC just last month, when Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee, Arnold Adams, presented his report during the Region’s statutory meeting. At that time, the circumstances surrounding the vaccines’ spoilage remained uncertain.
During the statutory meetings of this month however, it became clear that the vaccines were spoiled on the basis of frequent power outages, and interestingly, the negligence of various health workers.
Adams explained to this publication that vaccines are usually preserved in cold storage. He noted however that health centres in the Pomeroon, have little to no means of electricity.
Adams said that health workers usually take the vaccines to another health centre, and at times even the Charity Hospital to be stored.
This, he explained, can be an exhausting task, “They have to uplift it, take it to a health centre that has electricity, then go and collect the other day for work… workers who need to travel long distances to have the vaccines stored sometimes have to wait long periods before they are reimbursed with the money they spent to travel. So that is why sometimes, we see the health workers do not take the vaccines to be stored.”
Adams noted that Wakapoa is only health centre in the Pomeroon, which is presently equipped with a solar panel. Located miles in the Lower Pomeroon River, Wakapoa Health Centre is hardly accessible by the other health centres.
Adams believes that if solar panels are installed at each health centre, the health workers will be able to store their vaccines right there. This he believes would aid tremendously in efficient health services being provided for the people of the region.
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