Some 40,000 Vincentians will benefit from an additional service when the modern medical complex at Georgetown opens.
This added service of an Accident and Emergency department will benefit residents from Biabou up to Fancy.
This would remove the strain and pressure from the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the island main health facility in capital city Kingstown.
Over the years persons have complained about the waiting times at the A&E at the MCMH, according to officials this should be a welcome relief.
The Complex will be the first public facility to do hemodialysis in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
This is no doubt good news for Vincentians with kidney or other problems who need this type of treatment, and who otherwise have a hard time affording it in the private sector.
The annual cost of hemodialysis to an individual varies between $30,000.00 and $72,000.00.
In the years 2015 and 2016, a total of 53 persons died as a result of kidney disease.
In addition to dialysis, the MMC will provide services in the following specialist areas: Medical Laboratory, Radiology, Endoscopy, Ophthalmology, Nephrology, Urology, Surgery, General Medicine, Oncology (chemotherapy to begin with and radiation as an option for the future), Accident and Emergency, Intensive Care and Step Down Care (i.e. cases that do not require intensive care) and Diabetic Foot Ulcer Care.
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has a vision for the MMC to become the first Chronic Disease Prevention Centre in the Caribbean.
The functioning of the MMC will be integrated and synchronized with the functioning of the nearby SMART Hospital in Georgetown.
The opening of the Modern Medical Complex will be a significant breakthrough or a massive leap forward for SVG’s health and development.