The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) continues to be without a number of essential equipment for the provision of healthcare, Minister of Health, Clayton Burgin said last week.
“Delivery of quality healthcare requires continuous investments in equipment and supplies. We are witnessing the reality of the age of our equipment and also the cost of maintenance given the repairs that are required on an almost daily basis,” he told a ceremony at which Taiwan donated EC$583,000 worth of medical supplies to the hospital.
Burgin said the donation comes at “a very opportune time” in the development of the health service.
“Although we have been replacing several pieces of our equipment, the list of essential equipment continues to grow. This is an undertaking that requires an enormous financial outlay.
“As a consequence, key units and departments continue to be without some very critical equipment in the provision of health care,” he said.
The minister, however, said there is no government in any corner of this world, which can offer adequate healthcare to its citizens without the support of our friendly government and reputable agencies.
He said the local health sector is benefitting from the generosity of friendly governments and also a range of regional and civic organisations and patriotic Vincentians.
The professionals within the national health sector are “quietly but vigorously making quiet efforts to achieve the goals which they have established,” he said.
Burgin said the nation is experiencing “new and exciting times in the delivery of healthcare”, adding that with the 10th European Development Fund project, designed to further develop and modernise the national health sector, his ministry is poised to commence the infrastructural works at the MCMH, as well as at the Mental Health Centre, along with the construction of staff and doctors’ quarters and polyclinics throughout the country.
Burgin noted that the contracts have been signed and the contractors are just about to take possession of the facilities.