By: Indrawattie Natram
BIG surgeries will be performed at Suddie Public Hospital by the middle of the year when essential pieces of equipment will be installed in the new $ 40.9M operating theater. This is according to the Regional Health Officer, Dr. Ranjeev Singh, who said that residents of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) can expect to save a lot when it comes to the need for major surgeries. Speaking to the media, Dr. Singh said that the operating theater is complete, but does not have all the necessary medical equipment. He anticipates that money will be allocated in the region’s 2021 budget, to ensure this facility becomes fully operational. Currently, minor surgeries are being conducted, and according to Dr. Ranjeev, the Regional Health Committee and the Regional Administration are working vigorously to ensure systems are in place to commission the state-of-the-art facility.
He acknowledged the financial burden that patients face whenever they are referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for major surgery. “I know the struggles patients are facing and as such, plans are in place to fix this. I hope to achieve or achieve this by the end of the year, so we can start having surgeries here that haven’t been done here before, ”explains Dr. Ranjeev. In addition, the hospital recently purchased under its 2020 Emergency Budget, a dental chair, an Electrocardiograph (ECG) machine and other equipment to boost healthcare provision in the region. Dr. Singh told the media that, since taking up his post, he has ensured that there is no shortage of medicine in the region. Constant stocks will be taken to ensure that shortages do not recur in the region, as it did under the previous administration, he noted. The RHO gave the assurance that it will continue to advocate for development in the health sector, as Suddie Public Hospital also provides services to Wakenaam Island and Moruca in Region One. Construction of the operating theater was approved by the APNU + AFC government at the time after a regional administration bid.