Last updated Sunday, 10 January 2021, 10:09 by Denis Chabrol
The Night Shelter, which is a temporary shelter for the homeless, is now offering residents better basic health services, the Ministry of Human Services said at the weekend.
The Ministry of Human Services says five Patient Care Assistants have been hired to care for people with different disabilities and are unable to look after themselves. The Government says this is one of a number of healthcare initiatives that have been introduced over the past two months.
Human Services Minister Dr Vindhya Persaud says her ministry and the Ministry of Health have joined forces to treat Night Shelter sufferers with disorders such as diabetes, tuberculosis and mental health issues. It is reported that the National Tuberculosis Program and the Georgetown Public Hospital Ambulance Service are also part of efforts to improve the quality of care and response.
“This is a collaborative effort between our Ministry and the Ministry of Health where individuals suffering from diabetes, tuberculosis and mental health issues are treated at the facility by medical professionals. I would like to extend my thanks to Dr. Jeetendra Mohanlall, National Tuberculosis Program Manager and his team for this timely support, ”noted Dr. Persaud.
According to the Ministry of Human Services, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, the 20-year-old Night Shelter, now has a Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing program.
Authorities say there are plans to offer skills training and other programs soon to reintegrate people back into society. The Night Shelter, located on Arapaima Street, East La Penitence, can accommodate up to 150 people.
The Ministry of Human Services says that bathroom and dorms facilities are currently being repainted and repainted, while the electrical circuit systems are rewired.