Pregnant women can now expect a more comfortable environment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) maternity and child care unit. This expectation comes as the 2016 National Budget provides over $89 million for the development of the facility’s maternity unit.
The Government in a media statement explained that this allocation will also expedite the purchase of equipment for better patient management and care. These include table-top foetal heart rate monitors, handheld foetal heart monitors and portable ultrasound machines aimed at increasing the quality of service being offered at the institution’s maternal and child care facility.
During his presentation of the National Budget to the National Assembly Minister of Finance Winston Jordan stated, “It is the firm belief of this Government that no woman should die giving birth. To give meaning to this belief, the Government will devote additional resources towards the expansion, rehabilitation, maintenance and equipping of maternal and child health facilities countrywide.”
GINA said, this upgrade is in light of the Ministry’s quest to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate in the country.