German firm Siemens eyes opportunities in health sector

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Officials of the German firm Siemens has met with both Ministers of Health as it explores opportunities here, the Ministry of Public Health stated Friday.

The Ministry said the Siemens delegation discussed options to “help accelerate modernisation plans for the country’s public health system.”

“Our purpose is to make health care providers succeed (and to) do more with less,” Mr Roberto Tovar, Business Partner Manager at Siemens Healthcare was quoted by the Ministry as stating.

“We want to be part of a society we get there to boost social impact,” Mr Daniel Fernandez, Siemens CEO South America (excluding Brazil), stated.

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence said the APNU/AFC coalition government wants to push leasing, and where appropriate retrofitting of equipment, to improve health-sector services Lawrence said.

Among some of the ambitious plans, she outlined included “leasing of an entire laboratory…to bring (improved) service to our people”. In addition, there are projections to “fully equip” the local reference laboratory to deliver a large range of services to Guyanese, she was quoted as saying.

The Ministry noted that Siemens started in the late 19th century (1896) with manufacturing of industrial X-ray appliance for medical diagnostics and since then has added a wide range of other products such as CLINISTIX-dry chemistry for testing for glucose in urine; the first real-time ultrasound scanner; track-based laboratory automation system; Diagnostic analyser integrating four technologies in one system; robotic-assisted angiography system; multi-modality imaging 3D imaging system; wide-angle image acquisition breast Tomosynthesis among other hi-tech services.

“I can attest to the unparalleled value Siemens can bring to the local health sector,” Guyanese-born Mr. Mike Singh was quoted as telling the team from the Ministry of Public Health.

While in Guyana the Siemens team also had discussions with Minister of State Joe Harmon, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.

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