Guyanese can look forward to better access to modern healthcare facilities, President, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali committed as he delivered his address at the 56th Independence Anniversary celebration in Anna Regina, Region Two on Wednesday.
Within weeks, the President said government will sign a contract for six regional hospitals worth US$180 million, one of which will be constructed in Region Two.
Also, he noted that the government will be signing another contract for over US$175 million for a modern National Maternal and Child Care Hospital that will bring some of the best health care for mothers and children.
“And we are working with the best in this business. We are working with kindness in global health care, and yes, we recognise that we must fix the systems that are broken,” President Ali said.
Government, he added, has already taken steps to fix the healthcare procurement system to ensure people are held accountable. The president said investing in infrastructure alone will not fix the problem in the health sector, and that is why the government will invest in building its human resources.
He noted that like the government, nurses and doctors must also be held accountable for the service they deliver to the people.
Like the people on the coast, Guyana’s first people must also have access to the best of healthcare.
“We are also working on four major tele diagnostic centres in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine that will upgrade to regional hospitals. We have a plan to train and recruit a large number of healthcare professionals in the next few years to deliver not just health service, but the finest world class health service to the people of Guyana.”
Added to that, the President said government will be providing incentives to the private sector to participate in the country’s health sector.