Health and Wellness Revolution

Quality Care for all in the 21st Century

The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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The delivery of Health, Wellness, and Environmental Services has improved significantly over the past fifteen years of the ULP government.  We have repaired or renovated 32 existing clinics; built and equipped seven brand new and modern clinics; installed adequately-supplied pharmacies in all 39 clinics; built a modern polyclinic at Stubbs and currently constructing two more (at Mespo and Buccament); restructured/rebuilt the Georgetown Hospital as a PAHO-designed Smart Hospital; improved considerably the delivery of health care and hospital services at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) despite the terrible legacy left us there by the NDP; improved greatly the delivery of pharmaceuticals (90 percent of prescriptions filled in 2014 as against less than 70 percent in 2001); rebuilt the MCMH, including a top-of-the-line Paediatric Wing in conjunction with the World Paediatric Project and the Mustique Charitable Trust; making MCMH the centre for Paediatric (children) care in the OECS; renovated substantially the Mental Health Centre; integrated multiple Medical Missions, from overseas (including from Taiwan and several from the USA) and the service of professionals from the four Medical Schools, into the national health delivery system; curbed the epidemic of HIV/AIDS; tackled aggressively the Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, especially Hypertension, Diabetes, and Cardiac diseases; drastically improved public health, primary health care and secondary health care facilities and specialities; lifted enormously the quality of elderly care; enhanced hugely the delivery of quality water at a very competitive price to 98 percent of the households; ensured that garbage is collected and properly disposed of nation-wide; beefed up the delivery of tertiary health services locally and overseas through massive government assistance, to an extraordinary degree; and enhanced training of health professionals of all kinds. Generally every facet of health services is far better today than in 2001.  All the health indices have shown improvements, but much more work needs to be done.

In our fourth term, the ULP government will focus on five central objectives, namely: (i) Improve further the general health of the population in every material particular and the enhanced provision of medical care facilities; (ii) Improve further the nutritional and physical condition of the population, thus reducing the burden of nutritional disorders and chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCD) in the society; (iii) Enhance further the actual management of CNCD; (iv) improve further the quality of mental care; (vi) reduce further the incidence of HIV/AIDS and improve the quality of life for people living with the disease. The 21 Strategic Interventions connected to these Objectives are detailed in The National Economic and Social Development Plan 2013 – 2025 and further elaborated in the revised draft National Health Policy and accompanying Work Plan.

This Manifesto highlights several priorities in Health, Wellness and the Environment over the next five years of the ULP government, namely:

✔ Building and equipping an at least 130-bed Modern Acute Referral Hospital with relevant specialities at the modern city in Arnos Vale to operate in tandem with an upgraded and modernised Milton Cato Memorial Hospital;

✔ Operationalising shortly the well-equipped Modern Medical Complex at Georgetown;

✔ Completing and Operationalising the Polyclinics at Buccament and Marriaqua;

✔ Establishing, in light of the expansion of health delivery facilities, a National Health Insurance Scheme through the NIS;

✔ Completing the construction of several Doctors and Nurses Quarters at several locations over St. Vincent and the Grenadines;

✔ Enhancing the delivery of Mental Health Care at the renovated Mental Health Centre and throughout the health system;

✔ Working closer than ever with the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Services so as to improve further the delivery of pharmaceutical services run by the State;

✔ Emphasising specialty medical and health care for the elderly, children, and patients with cancer, cardiac, neurological, and renal ailments, among others;

✔ Waging the war in a focussed way against Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, various Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS, and Violence/Accidents;

✔ Continuing the “Vision Now” Eye Programme in conjunction with the Cuban and Venezuelan governments;

✔ Introducing and making widely available the treatment of patients with diabetic ulcers with the tried and tested Heberprot-P treatment from Cuba;

✔ Enhance further the Lives-to-Live Project to better accommodate persons who are mentally and physically-challenged;

✔ Rehabilitating the Lewis Punnett Home and expand the Home-Help-for-the-Elderly Programme;

✔ Extending further and deepening community health programmes, health education, family life education, and the Health Information System to wage successfully the war against “life-style” diseases;

✔ Elaborating and implementing a Patients’ Charter of Rights and Responsibilities;

✔ Ensuring that the health system is well-staffed by appropriate health personnel: Doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, technical health specialists, and so forth;

✔ Strengthening, and revamping, the Hospital Management systems;

✔ Improving further the ambulance services;

✔ Keeping the environment clean, enforcing the environmental laws, and enhancing solid waste management throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines;

✔ Continuing to improve and build upon the past 15 years advances in public health; community, primary, secondary and tertiary health care services; and health delivery generally;

✔ Expanding further the government assistance to persons seeking specialist tertiary health care overseas which is unavailable locally;

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