GUYANA- Georgetown hospital benefits from multi-million dollar investment


GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana’s first fully-automated histopathology laboratory opened on Saturday at Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital.

According to the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Madhu Singh, about US$3 million to $3.5 million were invested in the equipment and facilities.

Singh told reporters that the histopathology laboratory, in particular, is set to benefit practically all patients seeking medical care from the privately-owned hospital since its services promise more accurate, timely diagnoses to the hundreds of patients that receive care daily.

Speaking at the launching ceremony held at the hospital on Saturday, Singh said the hospital’s integration of newer technologies helps to bring modern services akin to those offered in developed nations to Guyana.

“It will revolutionize how we approach diagnostics and testing,” she said.

A histopathology laboratory offers numerous services, including assessments of the heart, chest pains, and other internal concerns. It also can improve cancer diagnosis and care.

In addition, a 128-slice CT scanner will allow healthcare professionals to get better quality, three-dimensional (3D) patient images than the average CT scanner.

According g to President Dr. Irfaan Ali, such investments in much-needed, specialized medical services are helping to position Guyana “ahead of the game.”

The Head of State said the investments stem from a carefully-crafted plan of his government to stimulate investments in private healthcare locally.

That plan includes tax breaks and other incentives for investments in healthcare, the modernization of laws governing the field, and training large tranches of healthcare workers to satisfy local needs and demands.

He noted that private companies, like Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital, are responsive to the policy direction and emphasis placed on improving local healthcare.

“We made it very clear that the public healthcare system must support the private sector… (and) the private healthcare must be able to deliver specialized care.

“When we get to this level of healthcare, we are no longer saying healthcare for Guyanese. It must attract international traffic,” the President said.


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