Health centre set up in old NA hospital
Monday, August 29th 2005 in Stabroek News

The new family health centre

A family health centre was opened last week at the old New Amsterdam hospital at Charles Place.

The centre is being housed in the newly refurbished A&E unit in the old hospital's compound and will serve the whole region. It will also be dealing with persons who have sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS and TB.

At a ceremony held to commemorate the occasion the Regional Health Officer Dr Mahadeo stated that the clinic would help with the workload.

He added that he is hoping that a doctor would be at the clinic by October and that the centre would also be looking at persons who have minor ailments such as colds.

Dr Leslie Ramsammy who gave the feature address stated that the centre was the second of its kind in the country and he is hoping that shortly the nursing students would move into the school which would be in the complex.

He stated further that the staff would also be responsible for outreach programmes in Angoy's Avenue.

The aim of the centre is to help reduce and eliminate STIs, HIV and TB as public health problems. He appealed to the public for volunteers who could help elderly persons to the centre and persons with vehicles because he said the health workers could not do it alone.

The project received help from the Canadian Govern-ment and its people through the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and the US Government and its people.