Saturday, February 12, 2011

Specialty hospital construction begins by year-end

President Bharrat Jagdeo and Minister in the Ministry of Health
Dr Bheri Ramsaran, (left) touring a hospital in India

JUST hours after his return to Guyana after a one-week trip to India, President Bharrat Jagdeo, hosted a press briefing at State House where he announced that construction of the much talked about specialty hospital will commence by the end of the year and, within a maximum of two years, any surgery that Guyanese would normally travel to North America and other countries for, will be done right here in Guyana, at a fraction of the cost. Government has been making significant efforts to improve primary health care in Guyana by investing heavily in the sector.
“We have expanded the coverage and the quality of primary health care, we have built several new institutions over the past three to four years with most of them funded directly from the budget,” the Guyanese Head-of-State said. He was referring to the four diagnostic and treatment centres at Leonora, Suddie, Diamond and Mahaicony, the Ophthalmology Hospital in Port Mourant, and the Modern Linden Hospital, among others.
The Indian government was approached sometime ago where it was agreed that a line of credit will be used for the construction of the specialty hospital and Guyana would choose a partner from India to manage the facility.
“We have now settled on a partner in India and we have just approached the Indian government to say that we are ready for the line of credit. They will then go out to tender for an Indian company because it’s an Indian line of credit and we will have this hospital run by specialists from India,” he informed.
Responding to a question with regards to the location of the US$18M facility, the Head-of-State said government is exploring several options including one possible location in the vicinity of Turkeyen.
President Jagdeo further explained that the rates will be negotiated by the Government of Guyana and the new management of the hospital for the provision of “health care at the highest possible level.”
India has, over the years, established itself as one of the pioneers in health care as many persons from even developed countries such as North America travel to the Asian State through medical tourism because of the competitive nature of such services there.
When completed, the hospital will be providing services including cardio-related and cosmetic surgeries, and organ transplant.

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