Smart upgrade wraps up at Leonora Hospital, commissioning set for next week

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Residents of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will begin to benefit from the newly upgraded smart hospital at Leonora, West Coast Demerara as soon as next week.

Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony on Friday, during his daily COVID-19 Update, said the hospital which underwent extensive healthcare improvements will be recommissioned as a SMART hospital.

“We have finished the construction on the Leonora Hospital so this will be handed over on Tuesday, his Excellency will be there for the recommissioning of this hospital,” he said.

He added, “Later this month we are hoping to recommission the Mabaruma hospital because have done some substantive work at that hospital.”

Regional Health Officer Dr Gavin Persaud gives Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, PAHO/WHO Guyana representative Dr. Luis Felipe Codina, and Deputy British High Commissioner Ray Davidson a tour of the new Diamond hospital.

These upgrades were done through the US$4.2 million smart hospital project, which will see hospitals across Guyana being converted into climate-resilient facilities that use more solar energy and stored water.

The project is being funded by the UK Government and managed here by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Inside the upgraded Diamond Diagnostic Center

Thus far, upgrades to the Diamond Hospital in Region Four and the Lethem Hospital in Region Nine are complete.

Upgrades were done to the Operating Theatre, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Recovery Room, and the Maternity Wards at both facilities.

The Paramakatoi District Hospital in Region Eight is the final hospital to be upgraded under the project. The minister said this will be commissioned by year-end.

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