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Grenada Government Makes Big Strides In Health Care


Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:33 PM- St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, MARCH 20, 2014 – GIS: _ The Grenada Government says the official commissioning of the oxygen plant, endoscopy and radiology units at the General Hospital, is testimony of its commitment to the delivery of top quality health care to locals and visitors alike.


The commissioning was held on Monday with a ceremony attended by Prime Minister - Dr. Keith Mitchell, Health Minister Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen other senior cabinet and government officials, Chancellor of the St. Georges University (SGU) Dr. Charles Modica, along with other top university and health officials.


Health Minister - Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen who delivered the feature address says the equipment represents a commitment to add to the range of services necessary for improvement of healthcare services in the country.


She says government’s objective is to provide the best health care possible, with the limited available resources. “There can be no doubt that since taking office Government has made herculean efforts to invest considerable resources in the nation’s healthcare”, Dr. Modeste said.

The Health Minister said the Mitchell administration has taken many decisions and investment efforts aimed at improving the nation’s healthcare to the benefit of citizens and visitors alike.

“Over the past year we have been able to pay millions of dollars to the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Services – the primary supplier of medicines to Grenada. “On January 21, 2014 we were able to pay just over EC$1.2M and todate we have paid EC$4.8M in debts that we were owing to the OECSPPS, so gradually we are removing the backlog and we are managing to keep supplies on the shelves in the pharmacies and on the wards so that our patients can be cared for” she explained.

Prime minister Dr. Keith Mitchell who gave remarks at the ceremony says Government’s desire is to show that Grenada can have the best health care at affordable costs.
He commended the various private sector institutions which also provide health care, stating that they are all important in delivering quality health care, recognizing that government cannot do it all alone.

“You and I know no matter how big or resourceful a country is one of the most serious concern is healthcare all around the world. There’s a lot more to be done and it requires the collaboration of several partners. Government will never be able to do by its self to have necessary resources that is required for healthcare in our country”, the Prime Minister explained.

“So clearly if we get healthcare right in our country if we show the region that we have the best, most up to date and modern healthcare services at reasonable, costs it can be the great turn around for the economy of our country to attract people from all over to come to Grenada,” said Dr. Mitchell.

Meanwhile SGU’s Chancellor Dr. Charles Modica said they were happy to assist Grenada in this venture, since this country has provided the opportunity for 13,000 graduates all over the world to study here many of whom want to give their services as consultants.

Modica said (SGU) was happy to do its part in alleviating some of the challenges faced by the health sector adding that the nature of the relation has never been better because of Government’s commitment to Healthcare in Grenada.

“We’ve done our share in providing quality medical education along with a dedicated faculty and the inspiration Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and his government has given me is more than any other Government in Grenada has, for me to do more for the people of Grenada in the climate of healthcare change in which we can solve more medical problems more than ever before” the Chancellor said.

 



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