More CHWs to be trained – Dr. Mahadeo
More young persons living in the hinterland regions are expected to be trained as Community Health Workers (CHWs), to improve primary healthcare services within their respective communities.
The initiative will further advance government’s commitment to provide equitable healthcare services on the coast and the hinterland.
Government Member of Parliament and Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2022 national budget debate on Wednesday.
He said eight hinterland communities now have healthcare workers for the first time following the training of 52 CHWs recently.
“We are now setting up permanent training health facilities for Regions Nine and One. We are not only going to train CHWs, Mr. Speaker, we are going to train pharmacy assistants, laboratory technicians, patient care assistants, nursing assistants. We are taking training to where it is needed and not to bring up more persons from near and far from Georgetown and then we get problems for them to go back,” he said.
According to Dr. Mahadeo, training in numbers is a decision deemed important by government, as hinterland communities deserve such opportunities.
He said government also plans to restore surgical care capacity in Mabaruma, much like what was done in Lethem.
“We are building surgical capacity in Aishalton and this year, it will be completed in Kamarang, Moruca and Port Kaituma, as all of these facilities will be providing surgical capacity care to persons there.”