Medical outreach for ten regions
Stabroek News
January 24, 2003

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The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the private sector has embarked on an initiative to conduct medical outreaches in communities that have limited or no access to health care.

According to a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA), the outreaches will be conducted on weekends in all ten of the administrative regions. Director of Regional Services (ag) at the Ministry of Health Dr Bheri Ramsarran is coordinating the programme, which, it is hoped will benefit form donations from both individuals and organizations.

GINA stated that, while the Ministry will be selecting areas for the outreach, communities could make requests for outreaches.

A positive response from the ministry however, is dependent on the communities’ meeting the established criteria i.e. little or no access to health care, periodic or no visits from health workers and locations where access to health care, public or private, is costly.

According to GINA, as part of their commitment to remedying problems in the health sector, including limited personnel, insufficient facilities and inaccessibility, Government pledged to build health facilities in large communities, thus easing some of the Government Public Hospital Corporation’s workload.

As a result, health centres were constructed countrywide, health huts and posts were constructed in remote areas and many hospitals were either repaired or rebuilt, bringing the number of health facilities countrywide to over 400.

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