[www.inewsguyana.com] – A tour by Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings to the CC Nicholson and Buxton Health Centers will result in these centres being improved to offer a better and wider range of services.
At the meeting with the staff of the CC Nicholson Health, the Minister was able to identify issues hindering the facility from operating at its full capacity. The minister was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Michael Khan, and other officials.
Among the issues raised were the need for better security, lighting systems and water supply. Some staff also asked for the addition of a basic laboratory and a phlebotomist.
After listening to the complaints and suggestions made by the staff, the Minister pledged her commitment to improve the facility since it serves a population of over 109,000.
According to Minister Cummings, the facility is adequately staffed to provide the services it now offers. There are nine doctors, four nurse assistants, and three midwives among others.
She added that since the facility is a health center, it may not require the establishment of a laboratory and X-ray department, since those services can be accessed at other facilities close by. However, these will still be considered.
The minister promised to address within a short time, the security and lighting at the centre. Following her visit to the CC Nicholson Health Centre, Minister Cummings made a courtesy call at the Buxton Health Center where she noticed a lot of unused space, which she said can be utilised to house additional services that will enhance the package offered by the health centre.
“As you see here, there is a lot of space and we are hoping that services that cannot be rendered at the Dr. CC Nicolson Hospital, will be rendered here. We are thinking of having a VIA (Visual Inspection using Acetic acid) clinic here, rehabilitation services, we want to be able to do ultra sounds here, we want to put a lab here among other things,” she said. These services should be implemented by January 2016, according to Dr. Cummings. [Extracted and modified from GINA]