THE newly constructed Materials Management Unit at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, which provides the means of distribution and monitoring of drugs and medical supplies in the regional health services, is scheduled to be commissioned on March 8.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr. Roger Luncheon, at his weekly post-Cabinet briefing, said that this facility provides means of distribution and monitoring of drugs and medical supplies in the regional health services.
The multimillion dollar warehouse, which may very well be the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, meets international standards. It is electronically managed and has all the prerequisites, including controlled temperature and fire response mechanisms such as smoke detectors and sprinklers.
The new bond is 26,691 feet of active storage and consists of modern racks and refrigeration applications which cater for products such as vaccines and insulin. Forklifts are used to remove items stored on the higher levels of the racks.
This facility was funded by donor agencies which gave a total of about $375M, coupled with the government of Guyana’s contribution of $120M.
It is expected that all of the ministry’s medical supplies that were held elsewhere, other than the intrinsic health facilities, will be moved to the new warehouse.