President Ali commits to upgrading Hinterland Health facilities
President Irfaan Ali says $125 billion will be expended to upgrade hinterland health facilities over the next three years.
President Dr Irfaan Ali expressed frustrations over the current standard of health facilities in Hinterland communities.
"We've gone across the country and we are uncomfortable with some of the facilities out there that people come to for healthcare services.
"Every facility must have some basic services; proper washroom facility for patients using those facilities, proper waiting areas... an environment that is clean, and environment that is conducive for the delivery of good health care."
Noting these factors inhibiting the quality of healthcare accessed in these more remote communities, the Head of State committed to making significant investments to upgrade these health facilities.
This announcement was made at the commissioning of the new Smart Hospital in Mabaruma.
"We will spend $125 billion dollars in the next three years... upgrading these facilities to give you the best working conditions."
Furthermore, President Ali said his Government is committed to ensuring healthcare services are upgraded across Guyana.
Facilities are earmarked for upgrades in Lethem, Kato, Mahdia, Port Kaituma, Bartica, Mabaruma and Moruca.
Approximately $4.1 billion will be expended on infrastructure upgrades while the remaining sum will go towards building capacity in healthcare personnel, procuring medical supplies and medicine.
This aligns with the Government’s wider objective to modernize healthcare across Guyana.