…says hinterland must benefit from comparable services to coast
Pres Ali touts creative ICT solutions to raise service standards countrywide – Guyana Times
While in Batavia, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), for the Heritage Day festival, President Dr Irfaan Ali on Sunday acknowledged his Government’s responsibility to bridge infrastructure and service gaps between the capital city and hinterland locations, and made it clear that the Government takes this role seriously.
“Our task in Government, is to work towards bridging the gaps. Wherever there are gaps, we have to bridge the gaps to ensure there is a minimum set of standards, a minimum set of service, that all our people enjoy in an equitable way. So, it is not, in every capital city will have services that other areas will never have,” the President said.
The President also made mention of the work that has been done through a United Kingdom Smart Hospitals Initiative, to allow Guyana to benefit from the £46.3 million Strengthening Health Facilities in the Caribbean (Smart Hospital) project.
According to President Ali, the Government is working to incorporate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions into not just medicine, but also education services, thereby helping to bridge gaps.
“We’re working with partners like the UK, to ensure we have Smart hospitals and we build out telemedicine. So that our people in our communities, all across Guyana, can have a level of service we can be proud of,” President Ali explained.
The Diamond Hospital was retrofitted to improve its resistance to strong winds, flooding, and earthquakes as well as boost the ‘greenness’ of the facility and emergency contingency provisions. The safety aspects included the installation of wind-resistant roofs, windows, and doors as well as improved storm water management. Walls were strengthened, electrical wiring renewed, and a fire safety system installed.
Meanwhile, the Mabaruma Hospital was upgraded into a Smart facility to the tune of $150 million and was officially commissioned in December 2022. The Mabaruma Hospital now features a new Accident and Emergency (A&E) department; a renovated recovery room; a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU); a refurbished kitchen; a sterilisation room and two surgical theatres.
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