CT scan­ners at NA, Bar­tica hos­pi­tals to be op­er­a­tional by July

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Two years af­ter ac­quir­ing Com­put­erised To­mog­ra­phy ma­chines (CT scan­ners), the New Am­s­ter­dam and Bar­tica Re­gional Hos­pi­tals will fi­nally be able to pro­vide the much-needed ser­vice to res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI), fol­low­ing bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions, mod­i­fi­ca­tions are be­ing made to the New Am­s­ter­dam Re­gional Hospi­tal to house this highly ra­dia­tive ma­chine, whilst a new build­ing is un­der con­struc­tion at the Bar­tica Re­gional Hospi­tal.

“From July 1, th­ese ser­vices will be made avail­able to the pub­lic, not only [in] New Am­s­ter­dam but the en­tire East Ber­bice. We find that half of our trans­fers to GPHC (Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hospi­tal Cor­po­ra­tion) are as a re­sult of in­juries to the head that can­not be di­ag­nosed and treated here, be­cause we did not have the CT scan ma­chine. How­ever, with the new ma­chines we will be re­duc­ing those trans­fers”, Di­rec­tor of Health Ser­vices, Re­gion Six, Je­vaughn Stephen was quoted in the DPI re­lease, as he noted the sig­nif­i­cance of the avail­abil­ity of the ser­vice in the re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to the DPI me­dia re­lease, Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health, Dr. Karen Cum­mings re­cently con­ducted a su­per­vi­sory visit to the Bar­tica Re­gional Hospi­tal. There, she re­ceived an up­date on the con­struc­tion of the new build­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the CT scan ma­chine. The new fa­cil­ity will be com­pleted in an­other month, based on de­tails pro­vided by the re­gional of­fi­cials.

“I saw the build­ing where we are go­ing to house the CT scan. It’s about 80 per­cent com­plete. What’s left to be done is the in­stal­la­tion of some doors and win­dows, a lit­tle tiling and elec­tri­cal work”, Min­is­ter Cum­mings was quoted as say­ing, in the DPI state­ment.

The ma­chines when func­tion­ing are ex­pected to con­trib­ute to equal ac­cess health care de­liv­ery, the mod­erni­sa­tion of health ser­vices in com­mu­ni­ties out­side of Ge­orge­town, and be eco­nom­i­cally ben­e­fi­cial to the per­sons liv­ing in, and around, Re­gions Six and Seven.

In 2016, RAD-AID had pre­sented the two CT scan­ners, val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately US $200,000, to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health. The two ma­chines are cur­rently in stor­age at a cen­tral lo­ca­tion in Ge­orge­town un­til they can be dis­patched to the two fa­cil­i­ties.

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