Public Health Minister Dr George Norton, during the opening of the Regional Health Officers (RHOs)/ Directors meeting this morning, said that while there is much to be done in terms of improving health care delivery in every region across the country, Government is fully committed towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the foundation for a new development agenda is being laid.
Minister Norton explained that the wealth of a nation is its people, and as regional healthcare providers, it is the duty of the RHOs and Directors to continuously improve the quality of services offered to the nation and that the forum (meeting) provides the health officials with the opportunity of working towards ‘doing just that.’
“Partners such as the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)/ World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) contribute significantly towards the efforts to improve the quality of healthcare in Guyana as well. The delivery of acceptable, accessible, affordable, timely and appropriate health care services to the Guyanese people is of utmost importance to the Government of Guyana. Too often we see in the media, instances of unprofessionalism in the Public Health Care System…one time is one time too many,” he said.
The Public Health Minister urged that all health care officials encourage professionalism at all levels of the Public Health Care system in the country.
He also noted that his ministry will not condone ‘unprofessionalism’ at any level and necessary measures will be taken in all instances to deal condignly with persons who behave in such a manner.