Regional hospitals to be expanded to accommodate Covid patients

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Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony

Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony has said the government is further developing the country’s capacity to cater for the hospitalisation and isolation of Covid patients across the regions.

During Wednesday’s COVID-19 update, Dr Anthony revealed that each of the regional hospitals is equipped to properly facilitate care of Covid patients.

The Infectious Diseases Hospital at Liliendaal, Region Four remains the central facility to house persons who require hospitalisation, and has an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with the capacity to house 59 persons.

“In Region One, we have a section of the Mabaruma hospital that can accommodate Covid patients. We also have at Port Kaituma, a section of that hospital that is dedicated to Covid-19 patients. That’s where over the last several months, we have been isolating Covid-19 patients. We also have sections of the Kumaka hospital in Region One where we can do that type of isolation as well.”

Government also refurbished the Suddie Regional Hospital in Region Two, adding ventilators and oxygen supplies.

“We have extended the Covid isolation center for West Demerara Regional Hospital because as you see currently, we have a number of cases in Region Three, and we want to make sure we have the right capacity to take care of those patients,” Minister Anthony said.

The West Demerara Regional Hospital can now accommodate 50 Covid patients and with its proximity to Region Four, critical patients are easily transported to the Infectious Diseases Hospital.

In Region Five, works are ongoing at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital to create an ICU space, while at the Experiment Health Centre, one of the buildings has been repurposed to cater solely to Covid patients.

Similarly at the Linden Hospital Complex, Mahdia and Bartica Hospitals, capacity has been built to cater for Covid patients. Only recently, the government commissioned a six-bed ICU at the Lethem Hospital.

With the infrastructure being put in place, Minister Anthony is also championing the government’s vaccination campaign.

He noted that the spread of Covid has decreased in workplaces, as more staff are being vaccinated.

“If the workplace is adhering to the Covid measures, which means that people would have to keep social distance, sanitise their hands, wear their masks, then you will have a reduction in cases as I aforesaid, if they are fully vaccinated. So, if people observe these requirements, then the cases will be far less.”