Ministry to use data to improve health services

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings

The Ministry of Public Health will be using data gathered by the Cuban Medical Brigade in Guyana to further improve services provided at Regional Health facilities. Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings said that the Cuban medical brigade has been providing evaluated information to the ministry which would be used to improve the overall quality of health care services. The minister was apeaking at the recent meeting of Regional Health Officers.

According to Dr. Cummings, the ministry has conducted a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis to identify the gaps in the health care system.

Cuban Medical Brigade leaving Cuba

Cuban Medical Brigade leaving Cuba

She said the ministry will continue to partner with the Cuban Medical Brigade to improve health care across the country.

Statistics provided by the medical team shows that the need for medical specialists, administrative and ancillary staff in the regions.

Director of Cuban Medical Brigade Services in Guyana, Dr. Midalys Hernandes

Director of Cuban Medical Brigade Services in Guyana, Dr. Midalys Hernandes

“The statistics can inform us on where we can place specialists and so forth. Mahaichony hospital, there is a problem there so really that is actually a reason for so many referrals and so we need to have this data inform our decisions and our policies and I am very happy for that,” the minister said.

Cuban Medical Brigade Director, Dr. Midalys Hernandes noted that for 2016 there had been an increase in the number of cases and patients attended to by the Cuban doctors while on outreaches.

According to Dr. Hernandes, hinterland regions are mostly in need of surgeons and specialists in orthapedics, cardiology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, among others.

Cuba has deployed doctors to more than 100 countries giving medical attention to approximately 3.5 million patients over the years.

 

By: Delicia Haynes

 

 

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