SUSPECTED CASES INCREASE, MOPH MULLS PRIVATE HELP IN COVID-19 FIGHT
As suspected cases and confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase locally, the Ministry of Public Health is now considering the inclusion of private medical facilities in the fight against the virus. More from Bibi Bacchus…Posted by Safetv2 Headline News on Wednesday, 8 April 2020
A doctor and several patients are currently under quarantine at the Suddie Public Hospital with suspected symptoms of COVID-19. The female doctor on Monday started to develop flu-like symptoms and coughing. it is believed that she was being trained by a medic who recently died from the virus. The other patients who displayed flu-like symptoms are under quarantine and are said to be recovering. The Suddie Hospital not equipped to handle the virus but is expecting text kits in the near future. Meanwhile, the man who was transferred on Tuesday to the Georgetown Public Hospital from the Linden Hospital Complex has tested positive for the virus. This was confirmed by officials at the GPHC. Currently, the GPHC is the only medical centre in Guyana that is authorized and equipped to test and treat COVID-19 patients. However, on Tuesday evening, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence indicated that the Ministry will now allow private hospitals in Guyana to begin testing for the virus. The MOPH is currently working on Public-Private partnerships with private hospitals and has already initiated the process. Lawrence said,
“We recognise and we know that there are many Guyanese who usually seek care at private health facilities. We want to ensure that we can work with these private entities to ensure that they can provide these services.”
While discussions are ongoing it has yet to be announced when the facilities will begin such services.