Suriname: President of Suriname, Chan Santokhi, introduced Regional Health Service, RGD management in the nation.
He stated, The Regional Health Service (RGD), founded in 1980, is a health institution in charge of primary health care in the coastal plain.
The RGD is responsible for preventative services such as mother and child care, information and the provision of vaccinations, Prez added.
Besides, RGD is also tasked with Curative services such as emergency services, a pharmacy, general practitioner and nurse care, a laboratory etc. Our vision as the government is that every citizen is entitled to affordable and quality health care, Prez continued.
Prez added, Currently, the RGD focuses solely on the coastal plain; therefore, we have also asked about the possibilities for possible cooperation with the Medical Shipment so that we can provide quality care both inland and in the coastal plain.
Getting the RGD healthy is a high priority for the government and the leadership of the health institution.
At this meeting, the RGD leadership, the foundation board, Z.E. President Chandrikapersad Santokhi and minister ad interim Krishnakouemarie Mathoera of Health were present.
The RGD faces many challenges, and the main one currently is the Corona pandemic and lack of financial resources.
Prez added, I instructed the RGD to present a recovery plan to restore health to the institution. The management will introduce a new policy plan soon. There will be a follow-up discussion next.
A resident, Sur Wanica, stated, “Prez in itself, it’s ok. But the quality of our health is very worrying. Urgency is needed, people are suffering in this country, medical costs are expensive, pharmacy supplies are running out. Soon you will have to pick up these signals with urgency!!! I don’t see it in bureaucracy.”
Recently, Mr Monsieur Nicolas Pron, the new UNICEF representative for Suriname, made a courtesy visit to Suriname.
UNICEF is known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights and help them to develop their potential, from early childhood to adolescence.
Prez wrote, “The new UNICEF representative has his residence in Guyana. He informed me that he was impressed with my speech regarding ‘ International Children’s Day.”
Furthermore, Prez added, This is how we both agree that education is essential for children. Especially how the whole world is struggling with the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic with educational progress. That’s why today, I promised to digitize Suriname’s education.
Prez realises that not all villages have power or the internet, so Prez relies on support and assistance from UNICEF and other organizations where necessary.