Prime Minister Leads Delegation on Christmas Visit

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 – Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas on Thursday led a delegation of government ministers and senior health officials on a tour of the island’s main hospital in St. George’s, bringing Christmas greetings to patients, staff and visitors.

The Prime Minster, along with Finance Minister Nazim Burke and Health Minister Ann Peters, were accompanied by officials such as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Isaac Bhagwan; Director of Medical Services, Dr. Kester Dragon; and Deputy Director of Nursing Services, Hazelyn Benjamin.

During the three-hour-long visit, the Grenadian leader went from bed to bed and floor to floor, meeting and greeting patients, doctors and nurses.

As Mr. Thomas and the team moved about the hospital wards, several persons stopped him to express how pleased they were with the level of care and attention given to them by the healthcare providers.

Many people also stopped and embraced the island’s Health Minister, while commending and encouraging her to continue to do her best to improve the level of healthcare services.

One such person was former Foreign Affairs Minister and Member of Parliament Dr. Raphael Fletcher. He congratulated both Minister Peters and Prime Minister Thomas for the excellent work they are doing.

As the delegation conducted their visit, they also took the time to consider ways in which the patients can continue to reap more health benefits and of improving the working environments for staff to perform at their optimum level.

Already the Ministry of Health has outlined several new projects to come on stream in 2012 that will improve the delivery of services and patient outcomes.

These include the construction of the General Hospital’s second phase, and refurbishment and expansion of several buildings and areas such as the Laboratory, Duncan’s Ward, and the O’Doughty building.

In 2011, the Health Ministry undertook several major initiatives at the General Hospital. Among them were the construction of a disabled and emergency access ramp; refurbishment of the X-ray Unit (waiting area); and conversion of the former nursing school into office space and ward in preparation for refurbishment of some sections of the main hospital facility.

Following the tour of the General Hospital, the Prime Minister-led delegation visited the Home for the Aged at Richmond Hill, St. George’s.