Refurbished NICU re-opens at West Dem Hospital – infant mortality rates expected to be reduced

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As part of the Ministry of Health’s efforts to reduce infant mortality, the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, has been refurbished. The unit was formally reopened today.

With the renovated NICU, it is expected that fewer women will travel from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) to Georgetown for specialised health care since it is now accessible in their region.

Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton listens keenly as a doctor makes a point during the commissioning of the NICU at the West Demerara Regional Hospital
Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton listens keenly as a doctor makes a point during the commissioning of the NICU at the West Demerara Regional Hospital

Minister of Health, Dr George Norton, at the commissioning ceremony stated that “Neonatal mortality in Guyana, though decreasing, continues to be a major public health concern and is currently a primary focus of the Ministry.”

He expressed gratitude to the Guyana Help the Kids organisation which has helped to make the re-opening possible.
Additionally, Dr Norton explained that, “While the NICU provides a better and cleaner environment for our infants, doctors and nurses will be stationed in the NICU and will provide the necessary care for infants. These persons would have to undergo training in the areas of neonatal care and pediatrics and are now fully capable of providing better care to all babies born at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.”

The Minister added that the close cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and the Guyana Help the Kids organisation “has no doubt lead to a significant decline in neonatal deaths at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. In December, 2015, the GPHC recorded a drop in mortality from 35% to 7%.”

Dr George Norton inside the refurbished NICU at the West Demerara Regional Hospital
Dr George Norton inside the refurbished NICU at the West Demerara Regional Hospital

The Guyana Help the Kids Foundation has collaborated with the Ministry of Health over the past three years to combat infant mortality.

A report from GINA said this registered Canadian charity instituted for the purpose of reducing neonatal mortality in Guyana has provided education and technology at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the Regional Hospitals.

The refurbishing of the West Demerara Regional Hospital’s NICU began last year and also focused on the pediatric and maternity sections.The Ministry of Health is continuing to develop better health environments to satisfy the needs of all patients and to provide better care.

Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton checking out the beds in the maternity unit. Also in photo is Region Three Chairman Julius Faerber
Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton checking out the beds in the maternity unit. Also in photo is Region Three Chairman Julius Faerber

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  1. We as Guyanese need to pressure the government of Guyana to develop systems used like North America to take the country FWD….What is sickening is that These dunces who leads has no vision…share coc-eye. Guyana health system should have INSURANCE – where the government in its yearly budget set aside a figure to boost the insurance and every guyanese has the right to join – Example: set-up a few insurance companies for medical and prescription expenses – All can join, the rate per month charged to the individual depends on their age, health conditions, etc….so you have a rate to measure factor that determine how to pay for the system

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