U.S. Defense Dept. supplies for Health Ministry, GPHC
Guyana Chronicle
February 25, 2004

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TWO 40-foot shipping containers full of U.S. medical supplies and equipment have been handed over to the Ministry of Health by the U.S. Embassy's Military Liaison Officer Major Kip Chojnacki.

The handing over took place at Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday, February 20, 2004.

The supply package includes heart monitors, blankets and other supplies, has a value of USD $300,000. The supplies will be distributed to the hospital and other clinics within the Ministry of Health, with the generous assistance of Mr. Michael Khan, Chief Executive Officer at Georgetown Hospital.

The donation of medical supplies and equipment is funded through the United States Southern Command's Humanitarian Assistance Program. It is coordinated through the United States Embassy and is one part of an integrated approach by the United States Government to assist the Government of Guyana to provide health care in Guyana.

Other completed or proposed programs include the Medical Readiness Exercise at Georgetown Hospital last July, a medical readiness training exercise planned for June of 2004, a Fire Department orientation visit to Houston Texas in March, of 2004. Additionally, USAID is involved in the provision of assistance to combat HIV/AIDS and Peace Corps Volunteers are involved in health education projects throughout Guyana.