Residents of the East Bank of Demerara now have another option in receiving basic medical services. On Wednesday, the Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence commissioned a new primary health care facility located in Eccles. The $30 Million health center is expected to cater to over 6,000 residents in the area. The services offered by the trained professionals include chronic diseases, foot care, child and adolescent health, prenatal, STD testing as well as diagnostic treatment for Voluntary Counselling and Testing. Minister Lawrence said the government’s vision for Guyana also includes providing quality health services to all citizens.
Minister Lawrence further explained that her ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Communities to ensure that communities have access to health care facilities.
The center, which actually opened its doors in September of last year, is manned by a General Medical Officer (GMO), registered nurses, nursing assistants, midwife, and a family medicine specialist. Prior to the establishment of the health center residents on the East Bank typically had to go south to Diamond health center or north into Georgetown.