Ministry of Health and Social Security looking forward 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:42 AM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - GIS: 2014 promises to be another big year for the Ministry of Health and Social Security (MOHSS) with Ministry’s policy makers promising to hit the ground running to accomplish their goals.

Primary Health Care Development, Health Financing, Infrastructural Development and Management Information Systems were identified as the four top priorities for the Ministry of Health and Social Security, under the leadership of Minister - Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen.

In 2013 the Ministry recorded major successes with its four main priorities namely the Revitalization of Primary Health Care, Healthcare Financing, Human Resource Development and Infrastructural Development.

Some of the successes included the launch of Primary Health Care in July of 2013 in St. Patrick, St. Mark and St. John and subsequent services upgrades in St. George’s and Grand Anse.

The (MOHSS) had also successfully completed the National Health Insurance industry analysis and costing services which continues to influence financial decisions within the Ministry, and the resumption of phase 2 of the Hospital Development Project.

However in 2014, health officials say the Ministry will continue to beef up and improve the delivery of Primary Health Care services in other parts of the island given the successes in the North Western District and some parts of the Southern District.

As it relates to infrastructural Development, plans are already underway for the installation of the Medical Gas production Unit (Oxygen Unit) at the General Hospital. The unit is expected to be installed this month and will result in the Ministry saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in relation to the procurement of oxygen and other medical gases for all three hospitals.

Meanwhile given the rapid use of ICT in modern medicine, the Grenadian Health Ministry will be relying extensively on a number of state-of-the-art digital equipment to provide healthcare services to citizens.

The (MOHSS) has already installed a new X-ray machine at the General Hospital, with a commissioning date set for January 2014. A second X-ray machine will be installed at the Princess Alice Hospital in St. Andrew’s during the first quarter of this year.







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