Region Six health facilities saw major upgrades in 2021 – Chairman

Heath centres and hospitals across East Berbice-Corentyne, (Region Six) received significant infrastructural development in 2021, Regional Chairman, David Armogan has said.

The upgrades to the medical institutions demonstrate the PPP/C Administration’s commitment to ensuring citizens receive medical attention in a comfortable environment.

Region Six Chairman, David Armogan

During a recent interview with DPI, Armogan said assessments were conducted at health facilities across the districts, which found structures in deplorable conditions.

Region Six has almost 30 health centres, with three district hospitals, along with the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital.

In some instances, there were hardly seats available for persons and they were uncomfortable visiting some facilities to seek medical attention.

The chairman said finance was made available through the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, M.P, to add to the region’s health transformation.

“If you start with Bohemia, Cumberland and you go down the line, you will see works at most of the health centers have been completed. Work is still ongoing at a few of them. But these are major works that were done,” Armogan stated.

He said the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has a strategic plan to ensure all health facilities are equipped and have the basic drugs to provide immediate service to the populace.  

“We will also be providing those health centres with the basic medications for things like diabetes, high blood pressure, and some of the other non-communicable diseases. So, people, especially pregnant mothers, and even the men could utilise these health centers,” he pointed out.

Additionally, he said the region’s drug bond is being extended to store medications received from the Materials Management Unit (MMU).

The outpatient department of the hospital in Black Bush Polder is also being extended, while remedial work is advancing at the Port Mourant District Hospital.

The chairman said the RDC intends to maintain a conducive health environment at the regional hospital, ensuring that medical practitioners and other staff work effectively, to reduce the waiting time for persons seeking medical attention.

“All these things we are putting in place to make our population more comfortable and be able to offer a better quality of service to the people of our region,” he stressed.

He said the region’s quick response committee organised by His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfan Ali, remains active and continues to address problems affecting residents.