Kopinang health services reach boosted with new ATV
The Ministry of Health has handed over a $2.5 million all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to Potaro-Siparuni (Region-Eight) to increase residents’ access to health services.
The ATV will be used by the Kopinang Health Centre, located in the North Pakaraima sub-district, to access the remotest communities.
Minister, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony presented the vehicle to the Region on Friday.
The Ministry has also procured mosquito nets to help hinterland residents safeguard themselves from contracting malaria.
“We have acquired 100,000 bed nets with a substantial amount for Region Eight, [and] we want to start the distribution as early as we can. These nets will protect persons from contracting malaria.”
The Ministry is also working to remedy other challenges hampering healthcare in hinterland regions, including the unavailability of drugs and supplies.
“With reference to the medical supplies, the Ministry recently procured a large quantity of drugs and by 2021, the requisition process will be structured and systematic,” the Minister said.
Director General at the Ministry Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo also attended the presentation ceremony, which was held at the Ministry’s Brickdam location.
To date, the Ministry has procured seven ATVs through the Global Fund-supported Malaria Grant. These have been earmarked for Barima-Waini (Region One), Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) and Potaro-Siparuni, (Region Eight).