NA Regional Hospital mulls facilitating police outpost

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A police outpost being stationed at the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital is a few steps away from becoming a reality. This was disclosed by Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Colin Bynoe.

Chief Executive Officer of the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital, Colin Bynoe.

He was at the time briefing Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings on expected developments at the hospital. Bynoe highlighted that for the past eight months, doctors and other staff on the night shift expressed concerns about their safety.

In this regard, steps have been taken to establish a police outpost in the hospital compound. “We would have received a proposal at the New Amsterdam hospital from the Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCC) to help us with the construction of a police outpost,” the CEO said.

Bynoe noted that the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Security have been consulted and are awaiting official approval to commence construction.

“They (CCC) have visited and would have asked us to identify an area which can be used. They have taken measurements that will inform Mr. Rafeek Mohammed who is in charge. We are to now take it further and get the Commissioner of Police to do the confirmation,” Bynoe added.

Minister Cummings assured the hospital’s CEO that the safety of the health sector staff is a priority of the ministry. She had also advised that police officers be stationed at other hospitals in the region, for example, Skeldon Hospital.

By: Delicia Haynes.

Image: Leon Leung.