The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment announced on Tuesday it has secured the services of a psychiatrist.
The ministry’s arrangement with Dr. Ermine Belle of Barbados will fill a four-year void in the nation’s healthcare services.
Reports are that Belle will provide her services in St. Vincent and the Grenadines five days per month.
Neeka Anderson-Isaacs, communications officer in the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Belle, a Barbadian, brings over 30 years of experience in the field of psychiatry.
She said Belle’s services will benefit the country tremendously as the ministry seek to improve all aspects of its health care services.
Belle officially signed a contract with the Chief Personnel Officer, Corrine Gonsalves, on Monday to provide consultant psychiatric services for the next year.
“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment continues to work to upgrade existing plans and programmes, thus strengthening our capacity to meet the growing psychosocial and psychiatric needs of our patients,” Anderson-Isaacs said.
“Dr. Belle joins the staff at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre and will enhance the work that is already being done there.
“The Honourable Minister of Health, Luke Browne, expressed elation at the prospects this addition brings to expanding our capacities in Health,” Anderson-Isaacs.
She said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment, Cuthbert Knights, Registrar Dr. Karen Providence and Senior Nursing Officer at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre, Sister Diana Bailey were at the brief ceremony to formally welcome Belle to the team.
“Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer- Beach reinforced the ministry’s commitment towards improving the mental health services provided to clients and said the entire health team will work with Dr. Belle to give her the support she needs to improve our services, which will impact not only health care but [also] our judicial services,” Anderson-Isaacs said.