Hugo Chavez Centre now equipped with proper health care facility, economic projects underway

DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Hugo Chavez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre at Onverwagt, Region Five, is now equipped to deliver healthcare services to its residents.

The infirmary at the Centre is now operational, Director of Social Services Wentworth Tanner told the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Director of Social Services, Ministry of Social Protection Whenworth Tanner

He explained that there is a doctor and Patient Care Attendant (PCA) attached to the infirmary delivering heath care services to the residents. Tanner said that by year-end, the staff at the infirmary will be boosted by ten (10.)

He explained that the ten (10), will be taken from a batch of 51 PCAs, currently undergoing training. The fifty females and one male started the training in May 2017.

Tanner explained that as part of the training, some of the students were attached to the Hugo Chavez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre. In addition to providing the residents of the Centre with medical assistance, the students also treated members of the underserved community.

The operationalization of the infirmary is part of an on-going effort to make the Hugo Chavez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre self-sufficient and effective, in its goal of empowering its residents to become functioning members of society.

The Centre, earlier this year, launched a Self Sufficient Agricultural Economic Project. The project, which was commissioned by President David Granger, comprises three fish ponds, cattle and poultry pens, and a vegetable greenhouse. The project was funded in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, business owners and Region Five residents.

The Director of Social Services told DPI that the Ministry of Social Protection is also collaborating with the Mahaicony Technical and Vocational Training Centre to provide training for the residents of the Centre. Tanner explained that the first batch of students will commence training in the finale quarter 2017.

The Venezuelan funded US$2M Centre was commissioned on August 10, 2013. The aim of the Centre’s operations is to work, counsel and train the individuals housed there, towards empowering them to support themselves.