Equipment for medical centres arrives in Guyana from Cuba
Among the items are oxygen/gas machines and x-ray materials for the centres surgical department. It is hoped that installation will begin before the end of November.
More equipment is expected in Guyana for another two centres and a team of Cuban technicians will be facilitating the installation process. The team will also be supervising the quality control capacity of each centre, upon testing of the equipment.
Each of the four diagnostic and treatment centres will be manned by a 27-member team of Cuban doctors and technicians who will be housed in quarters established at the facilities.
The contractors constructing the Leonora and Mahaicony diagnostic centres have indicated to Minister within the Ministry of Health Dr Bheri Ramsarran that more work is needed before installation.
Ramsarran said that the dormitories at Diamond and Suddie are ready and the team of Cuban doctors is fully prepared to occupy these.
However, the team will be in Guyana when all resources are in place, so that they can begin executing their functions.
Each centre will facilitate general surgery and intensive care for seriously ill patients. They will also include units for laboratory and ultra sound services.
The construction of the diagnostic centres is a collaborative agreement between Guyana and Cuba which was sealed between Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Fidel Castro when Jagdeo visited Cuba earlier this year.
The agreement also provides for a modern $140M ophthalmology centre which is already under construction at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice, an increasing number of Cuban doctors and training in the medical profession for several Guyanese.
The ophthalmology centre will be occupied by a 35-member team of specialised doctors and nurses who will be providing their services initially on a contractual basis.
Source: Caribbean Net News