Improved health facilities a priority for Region 2 – REO

─ six door mortuary freezer to be installed at Oscar Joseph District Hospital

─ new building to house Tuberculosis and Malaria departments at Oscar Joseph District Hospital

─ operating theatre for Suddie Public Hospital

─ all health facilities in Region 2 to benefit

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, January 17, 2019

The approved budgetary spending for the Pomeroon/Supenaam Region 2 caters for massive improvements in the health sector of the region. The region has one Regional Hospital and one District Hospital with 11 Health Centers and 21 Health Posts.

A six-door mortuary freezer was purchased late last year and will soon be installed at the Oscar Joseph District Hospital located at Charity. This will significantly benefit the residents of Pomeroon, Charity and surrounding communities by reducing the financial burden of having to transport corpses of loved ones. Also, at the said hospital a new building was constructed in late 2018 to house the tuberculosis and malaria departments. The Pomeroon sub-region and other far flung villages which have a high rate of tuberculosis and malaria will enjoy the benefits of this new facility. The departments will be furnished and made operable in March of 2019.

[In the photo is the Senior Management Team – Region Two] Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikaran [centre], Regional Health Officer (RHO) Dr Afarah Khan [REO’s right], Medical Superintendent, Dr. Sasha Grey [extreme left].

At the Suddie Regional Public Hospital, an operating theatre will be constructed to benefit the entire region and ease the burden of Essequibians travelling to Georgetown. A gear room will be constructed while the electrical system will be rehabilitated at Suddie Hospital.

According to Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikaran, these provisions will ensure better delivery of health care services to the people of Region 2.

“I have said time and again that improved health care facilities are a priority for Region 2, and I am pleased to see the provisions in budget 2019 which caters for health improvement. It is all part of ensuring that the good life is delivered to the people and once we are able to provide the basic services in a friendly atmosphere, our people will appreciate the fact that this is indeed a caring government,” remarked REO Jaikaran.

The region will also be purchasing Cardiac beds, complete Dental Units, Cardiac Monitors, Otoscopes, Microscopes Neonatal Incubators, Paediatric Neonatal Ventilators, air turbine 4 holes handpiece with adapter, Phlebotomy Chairs, Chemistry Analysers, Tibial Interlocking nail trays, Femoral interlocking nail trays, Portable suction machines, electrical heating pads, Therapeutic Ultrasound machines, Paediatric Infusion pumps, hip tables – Orthopedic, Stabilizers, sitting chairs, single and double beds with mattresses, refrigerators, digital projectors along with furniture and equipment which will benefit all health care facilities across the region.

Kabakaburi, Hackney and Wakapoa Health Centers will see the installation of solar systems while Karawab and Siriki Health Posts will see the same. Malborough Health Post will see the construction of a timber landing with metallic rails and a new chain link fence.

Story and Image: Ganesh Mahipaul.

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