GPHC’s Director of Facilities Management, Kamal Haricharan, noted that the money which was approved for the project will see the addition of 70 beds for pre-natal as well as post-natal care.
It will also cater for the addition of a new operating theater, to ease the burden on the two existing ones at the ward, especially in what is known as ‘peak periods.’
Part of this funding will also be used for re-designing the 24- bed level, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital, which has been delivering a greater level of care to neonates since its establishment.
In 2014, $50M was budgeted for this project and has been used as a consulting fee. Upgrade works on the ward are expected to commence in early February.
Also in 2014, $22.6 million was allocated for the establishment of maternity waiting homes, in Lethem and Bartica, to cater for antenatal high-risk mothers. [Extracted and modified from GINA]