A CT scanner is soon to be installed at the Bartica Regional Hospital.
As soon as the scanner is operationalised, residents in need of scans in Regions Two, Three, Seven, Eight and Ten will be able to access the service free of charge.
Regional Health Officer (RHO) of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region, Dr. Edward Sagala, emphasised the importance of having such a critical piece of equipment functioning in that part of the country.
“This is a sensitive piece of equipment which is a necessity in any modern medical institution. With medical specialists now operating and working at the Bartica hospital this will facilitate a speedy diagnosis of conditions that are complex so that we can institute necessary medical treatment,” the RHO was quoted as saying. He added, “Persons who needed this service, would have had to go straight to Georgetown Hospital or a private institution and there they had to spend money, it’s not cheap, it’s expensive,”
Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, visited the hospital while in Bartica in order to receive an update regarding the installation of the scanner. She was informed that the residents of Bartica and nearby villages will soon be able to access the service.
DPI said that in 2016, RAD-AID International handed over two new CT scanners valued at approximately US$200,000 to the Public Health Ministry, which at that time determined that one will be placed at the Bartica Regional Hospital and the other at the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital.