The security of health care officials at the various public health facilities has been a problem of concern to the dozens that are tasked with providing medical care for those in need.
Many health officials employed within the public health system have vented their concerns under the circumstances they are forced to work. Doctors attached to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) have complained about the shortage of drugs, shortage of staff and lack of security.
After their complaints fell on deaf ears, the doctors at the facility’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit downed tools on Tuesday and refused to work until their needs are met.
However according to a release from the Ministry of Public Health, the doctors attached to unit returned to work, after they were able to find common ground and able to iron out most of the difficulties which saw both sides coming to an agreement.
Among the issues discussed and agreed upon is that armed ranks from the Guyana Police Force will be placed at the health facility permanently as soon as the Commissioner of Police grants the permission.
In addition, the release said locks will be placed on a number of doors at the facility to ensure the safety of the health workers. It was also promised to the doctors that they would receive a better remuneration package and the number of attendants and cleaners will be increased at the facility.
Recently, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence met with the staff of the WDRH during which they were talks about beefing up security, specifically with regards to increased police patrols at the Leonora Diagnostic Center and the WDRH.
They were also talks of opening a police outpost at the West Demerara facility in order to boost security.
During a subsequent meeting with the staff at her Brickdam office the Minister said “This will not just slide, I want the staff to feel safe and secure their safety comes first.”