The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is making final preparations for the opening of the Modern Medical Complex (MMC) in Georgetown.
This Complex was built and equipped at a cost of about $22 million and would be a significant addition to the stock of healthcare infrastructure in this country.
The project was financed principally by the National Insurance Services (NIS), which contributed roughly $11 million, and the Central Government.
The Republic of Cuba donated human and technical resources for the construction phase of the project and also made material donations of medical equipment.
Cuba will provide a number of healthcare specialists and other personnel to work alongside local professionals to start up operations at the Modern Medical Complex.
Additionally, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has so far donated $1.5 million worth of medical equipment to the Complex. Several state agencies and partners have been involved with this project in one way of another from its inception.
Significantly, the Complex will be the first public facility to do hemodialysis in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This is 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.
In addition to dialysis, the facility will also provide services in the specialist areas such as 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 (that is 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. The official opening date for the Complex will be announced soon.