[www.inewsguyana.com] – The government is moving towards replicating the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), Region Three. In keeping with this goal, there will be focus on pediatric, neonatal and post- natal health as works will be done to improve delivery in these areas among others.
“The West Demerara Regional Hospital has seen better days, and we want to see it back to, and even beyond that…fortunately West Demerara Regional Hospital is one of three hospitals, which have been earmarked for further development in the primary eye care system of the country….due to funding that was earmarked for the Specialty Hospital,” Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton told the Government Information Agency (GINA).
This money will be spent on improvement for the paediatric area and the maternity section, primarily on neonatal and post natal health.
To this extent, the Minister highlighted that even though a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was established at the facility, it has not been functioning; to this end works have already began to rectify the problem.
Further, an area has been earmarked for post- natal mothers, since there is overcrowding and both post and pre- natal mothers have to share one facility.
Also in the 2015 National Budget, under capital allocation, a sum of $26 million has been provided for health buildings repairs and/or upgrades. This provision caters for enclosing of the lower section of the tuberculosis inpatient facility and the extension of the dental building at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, the extension of the Versailles Health Centre, rehabilitation of Western Hogg Island living quarters and trestle, and the construction of revetment in front of the Upper Bonasika Health Post.
Tendering for the enclosure of the lower section of the Tuberculosis Impatient Facility at WDRH has begun with an estimated cost of $ 5.5M, along with repairs to the administrative building, at an approximate cost of $1.5M