€1m in­vest­ment in Car­diac Ca­theter­i­sa­tion Suite

Malta Independent - - Front Page - ■ Kevin Schem­bri Orland

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Chris Fearne yes­ter­day in­au­gu­rated the re­cent­lyup­graded Car­diac Ca­theter­i­sa­tion Suites at Mater Dei Hospi­tal.

The upgrade saw €1 mil­lion in­vested. A re­quest was made to the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and So­cial Fund to fund this project and the Board of Gover­nors re­solved to award this so­cial grant to the Depart­ment of Car­di­ol­ogy.

The upgrade, this news­room was told by Chair­man of the Depart­ment of Car­di­ol­ogy Robert Xuereb, will re­sult in a 60% re­duc­tion in the ra­di­a­tion dose lev­els in­curred dur­ing pro­ce­dures.

It also al­lows for more com­plex pro­ce­dures, as well as less in­va­sive ones. He stressed that the upgrade was needed, given that the suites were ten years old.

The two suits see around 3,000 cases a year han­dled, with 800 of th­ese hav­ing been an­giograms, how­ever this num­ber is re­duc­ing as less in­va­sive pro­ce­dures are in­tro­duced.

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat said that every govern­ment has con­trib­uted to bet­ter­ing health­care, build­ing upon what the pre­vi­ous govern­ment would have left be­hind.

He said that in 2012, €381 mil­lion was spent on health­care, and in the bud­get for 2019 €781 mil­lion is ear­marked. He said that in two years or so Malta would reach a stage where Malta would be in­vest­ing a bil­lion Eu­ros in health­care.

He spoke of the im­por­tance to keep im­prov­ing life ex­pectancy and quality of life.

Mus­cat men­tioned that high on the pri­or­ity list is in­vest­ment in the men­tal health­care sec­tor, and men­tioned the acute psy­chi­atric hospi­tal which will be con­structed at Mater Dei Hospi­tal, which will be a step to re­move the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal health as such pa­tients would not need to go to a com­pletely dif­fer­ent lo­cal­ity.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Chris Fearne ad­dressed the press, and said that back when he was a child, when some­one would have a heart at­tack the only care given was ten days bed rest and pray­ing. He said that there have been leaps for­ward in medicine since then.

He said that tens of mil­lions have been in­vested in car­di­ol­ogy in Malta.

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