Psychiatrist Dr. Dennis Navidad has joined the staff at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre, the Ministry of Health said in a Nov. 9 press statement.
“This boosts the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment’s capacity to deliver top quality services to patients with mental health challenges,” the ministry said.
Navidad is a U.S.-trained psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience working in the field. He previously served as associate professor in behavioural sciences at the All Saints University College of Medicine.
He complements the current medical staff at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre, which includes two other physicians, trained in the areas of psychology and psychiatry, as well as a clinical psychologist.
“The filling of the post of psychiatrist is the latest measure the government has taken to strengthen and improve the mental health services in this country.
“In December 2016, a renovated Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre was re-opened. The upgrades cost around EC$4.1 million dollars and were carried out under the modernisation of the Health Sector Project,” the ministry said.