President, Dr. Irfaan Ali yesterday said that the new $2B multi-specialty hospital, to be constructed in Suddie on the Essequibo Coast, is part of the Government’s national plan of modernising the healthcare system and ensuring the delivery of improved healthcare services to small and satellite communities.
This, he added, will help in linking the healthcare facilities.
President Ali made the pronouncement at a simple sod-turning ceremony for the hospital.
The President said the focus is not only on the healthcare system and providing health services to people but also on health education as well as other services that include preventative healthcare.
As a result, he announced that the Ministry of Health under its Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony, will be launching an “aggressive education campaign.”
President Ali also said that the focus will be placed on properly equipping primary healthcare facilities to provide the necessary services to meet the expectations of citizens.
He added that another pillar of the Government’s modernised healthcare system is building the capacity from locally trained nurses, medex and midwives, to more specialised training.
The Head of State said that the Government is extremely confident that the hospital will add “great value” to the healthcare system in the Region.
“More importantly, this will be like a network. We are creating a network in the Region. The riverine areas, the small communities or satellite communities will be networked into this facility. So as time goes by, you will see all the health clinics, outposts and regional hospitals equipped more and more with higher levels of service that will be integrated into the national healthcare delivery system.
The President also noted that the Government is working on a one-card health information system/patient information management system.
“So this is the type of innovation and modernisation we are talking about in the healthcare system.”
The President said that the Government is looking at proposals in terms of cancer research and cancer treatment.