Residents in Region One will now benefit from an upgraded smart health facility at the Mabaruma Hospital, under the Smart Hospitals Initiative.
The ‘Smart Hospital’ concept refers to a medical institution that offers efficient and up-to-date medical services while also being climate resilient.
“The work that they did was to look at the different health facilities in Guyana and we came up with how we can refashion them to become more climate resilient… they must be more energy efficient, they must not be prone to flooding, and we could use these techniques to ensure that all our facilities are equipped to this standard.”
The smart hospital was among five hospitals slated for an upgrade through the Smart Health Care Facilities in the Caribbean Project, a collaboration between the Government of Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK).
British High Commissioner Jane Miller says she is excited to commission what will now be the country's fourth smart hospital.
“The smart hospital initiative is an innovation, it is new. You are now global leaders, you are now world leaders for safe health systems.”
“When there is an emergency we know the health centre is important. It is important at all times but particularly when things go wrong. Across the Caribbean, we were looking at times there were hurricanes, floods or more recently covid. Health services are so so important. The initiative with smart hospitals was to look at how we can improve the infrastructure to make sure that they are resilient.”
The Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) supervised the project’s construction phase.
At the Mabaruma Hospital, upgrades were also done to the Emergency Department, Operating Theatre, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Recovery Room, and the Maternity Wards.