Bar­tica vec­tor con­trol unit re­fur­bished

Stabroek News Sunday - - NEWS -

The Vec­tor Con­trol Ser­vices Unit of the Bar­tica Re­gional Hos­pi­tal has been re­cently re­fur­bished at a cost of more than $3 mil­lion. In­cluded in this re­fur­bish­ment is the ad­di­tion of equip­ment, wait­ing ar­eas, of­fice space and staff work­sta­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI) press re­lease, for some time, the staff of the unit were op­er­at­ing in a fa­cil­ity cramped for space, in the hos­pi­tal com­pound.

Re­gional Health Of­fi­cer (RHO) of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Re­gion, Dr. Ed­ward Sa­gala has in­di­cated that this was some­thing pend­ing but even­tu­ally com­pleted and wel­comed by the staff. It would now be of great ben­e­fit to both pa­tients and health care per­son­nel in the di­ag­no­sis of malaria pa­tients.

“It is an ideal en­vi­ron­ment for the staff to now work and pa­tients who come in bad con­di­tions. Pa­tients don’t have to be im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ted they can start treat­ment here,” the RHO was quoted as say­ing.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion team is also in place at the unit to track cases and gather in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the work done by the unit.

“Most of the work hap­pens in this area, the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion team is also based here and they sched­ule vis­its and travel not only to river­ine ar­eas but also ar­eas through­out the re­gion, lower, mid­dle and up­per Mazaruni,” Dr. Sa­gala added.

The DPI dis­closed that the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of new mi­cro­scopes are among the im­prove­ments to the unit’s in­ter­nal in­fra­struc­ture which will al­low for mi­cro­scopic test­ing of vec­tor re­lated ill­nesses and the pro­vi­sion of timely re­sults for fur­ther med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions.

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