Feb 28, 2019 News
The Public Health Ministry is currently on a campaign to guarantee universal health coverage for all Guyanese, and in the quest, more doctors and ambulances will be deployed to interior locations this year to help improve frontline medical care,
At least this is according to the Region One [Barima/Waini] Regional Health Officer [RHO] [ag], Dr. Vishal Ramjas.
According to Dr. Ramjas, public health infrastructure, regulatory compliance, a spike in human resource and emergency medical services are among the areas that have been identified for improvements in the Region’s health care delivery system this year.
“The water ambulance will be for Moruca Sub-District while approval has been given as well for the purchase of a road ambulance for the Kumaka District Hospital,” Dr. Ramjas said.
The ambulances which were procured at a cost of G$44M, will aid especially in the transfer of emergency cases in a timely manner to the Mabaruma Regional Hospital, the official said.
The Region is also expected to receive four additional General Medical Officers [GMOs] who will complement the current batch working in the Region.
“We have 189 staff in the region, 61 of whom are at the Mabaruma Hospital. We have been working at a human resource deficit of 50 per cent but with the additional staffing, the burden on the current staff will be reduced significantly,” Dr. Ramjas revealed.
Pressed on accommodation and other amenities for the additional staff, Dr. Ramjas said the Region has already begun construction of doctors’ living quarters in the Mabaruma Hospital Compound. The building is being erected at a cost of G$18M and will house four new staffers comfortably.
According to the health official too, the Mabaruma Hospital is being identified by the Ministry of Public Health for upgrade in the SMART Hospital initiative which is being funded by the British Department for International Development [DFID] with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation [PAHO/WHO] acting as the executing agency.
The ‘SMART Hospital’ concept refers to a health facility which is both safe and green. Hospitals and other health facilities embracing this concept must provide standard and efficient healthcare before, during, and even immediately after in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
The initiative will result in enhanced safety standards; a reduction in downtime and damaged hospitals from natural hazards, as well as a reduction in water and electricity consumption.
“Mabaruma Hospital is part of the Smart Hospital initiative and will be retrofitted, and services are going to be improved as we deliver optimum care to the patients,” Dr. Ramjas pointed out.
Currently, the Mabaruma Regional Hospital provides maternal child health services, in-patient and outpatient, chronic disease screening and clinics, laboratory services [blood testing, hormone testing] and tuberculosis screening and treatment. The hospital also offers x-ray services, dental care, malaria screening and treatment and other services as the main hospital to some 29,000 persons residing in Region One.
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