Health specialists deployed to Region One have treated hundreds of patients for various ailments as part of improving and expanding services for the hinterland, the Department of Public Information said yesterday.
An internal medicine specialist, a general surgeon, a paediatrician and a radiologist were sent to the region by the Regional Health Services Department of the Ministry of Public Health, DPI said.
Director of Regional and Clinical Services, Dr. Kay Shako gave an update on the work done since their placement from March to mid-June: the general surgeon who began his work in March saw 226 patients; the paediatrician who deployed there in May had treated 167 patients; the internal medicine specialist saw 137 patients up to mid-June; and the radiologist 298 patients.
Dr Shako underlined the importance of deploying such specialists to hinterland regions noting that “this can significantly reduce referrals.” Additionally, the presence of specialists in Region One eliminates waiting lists for specialised services which are usually available on medical outreaches provided by the ministry.
DPI said that Dr Shako also said that the Regional Health Services Department has deployed other much needed human resources to various regions including the Barima-Waini region.
Twenty-one medex have been sent to the ten administrative regions while 34 nurses have been dispatched to Regions One, Two, Three, Five, Seven, Eight and Nine. Also, 34 government medical officers have been sent within the first six months of 2018.