[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger has promised to develop the capacity of the Diamond and Leonora Diagnostic Centres, following a tour of those facilities on Monday, December 28.
The President also used the opportunity to observe the maternity care capabilities of the institutions. According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, during the ‘fact-finding’ mission, President Granger was accompanied by Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton and other senior medical officials.
Ge said the objective of the exercise was to assess the capabilities of both institutions.
“We wanted to see the challenges that face the ordinary patients who came in off the road. Mothers particularly, and we want to see what measures needed to be put in place in order to provide a better quality health care,” President Granger said.
According to the release, Minister of Public Health, Dr. Norton said while the tour of these facilities has highlighted various challenges that will be addressed, one of the aims of the visit was to look at opportunities to build capacity in maternity care.
The Minister noted that it is unfortunate that at both facilities there is capacity for vibrant maternity units but this potential has not been developed.
Speaking on overall challenges, the Minister noted that it is critically important that the issue of nursing shortage be addressed. He added that plans are in train to provide better conditions for nurses as well as patients in the maternity ward at the GPHC.
“They are hardworking nurses, I think they like their work and they all seem enthusiastic, but we must give them the material and facilities that they need to work,” Dr. Norton said.