$38M healthcare project to benefit Mahaica-Berbice residents

DPI, Guyana, Friday, January 24, 2020

The Ministry of Public Health has invested over $38Million for the construction of a pediatric ward and renovation the male and female surgical and obstetrics-gynaecology (OB-GYN) wards, at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital.

The new facility is also outfitted with ramps and a lift to accommodate persons with disabilities.

Public Health Minister, the Hon. Volda Lawrence commissioned the facility on Friday.

“The vision of the government and the Ministry of Public Health is to ensure that every boy, girl, woman and man in this region and all regions live their fullest potential and be among the healthiest in the Caribbean and the region of the Americas,” she told attendees.

Minister Lawrence added that fulfilling UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 remains a priority for her ministry.  SDG 3 promotes healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages.

“All of you here today, including our counsellors, are entitled to the highest quality of health care services without undue hardship. That is your human and fundamental right. The ministry believes that all our communities from the hinterland to the coastland can enjoy quality health care services at all our health care facilities,” she added.

According to the Regional Health Officer Dr. Desmond Nicholson, the Regional Health Department is proud to have added 25 more beds, since service delivery was an essential component of health systems and patient density is an indicator of the level of service delivery.

Meanwhile, Region 5 REO Ovid Morrison expressed his gratitude to the ministry and added that they would be doing feasibility studies for the set up of a state-of-the-art hospital in the region.

“We want our people to receive the care they need and should have in this region,” he said.

Also present at the opening ceremony was Director of Regional Health Services Dr. Kay Shako.

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