Work collaboratively to build regional health care system – Min Bulkan tells Regional Health Officers Conference 

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 5, 2018

As the government remains committed to bridging the gap between the quality of services provided on the coastland and those offered in the hinterland, the Ministry of Communities will work to upgrade the technical and managerial skills of health workers to build a regional health care system that is responsive and accessible, says Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.

Minister Bulkan was speaking at the opening of the Regional Health Officers Conference yesterday at Mainstay Resort, Region Two.

“As we continue to champion the decentralisation of governance in Guyana and the strengthening of the system of local government, we are also increasing the accessibility of health resources and improving the health and well-being of our peoples by bringing those vital services closer to the people where they are needed,” the minister said.

Minister Bulkan expressed confidence that “certain technical medical issues can be dealt with locally” instead of referring to the Georgetown Public Hospital.

“We can and must work collaboratively to build a regional health care system that is accessible and responsive,” the minister said. Building the confidence of regional health officers is critical to achieving this, he added.

“The ministry is seeking to ensure that the governance issue is adequately addressed will support, in addition to our embrace of decentralisation, the establishment of Management Boards and Committees for regional and district health facilities,” Minister Bulkan explained.

The RHO Conference is a forum that brings together the leadership of the regional health sectors with the aim of strengthening the capacities and fostering coordination among key stakeholders to enhance the delivery of healthcare services countrywide.

Regional Health Officials administers a significant portion of the national budgetary allocation- approximately $9Billion.

By: Tiffny Rhodius.