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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Tuesday February 8, 2011 – Government’s commitment to primary health care has again been reiterated.


Minister for Health Honourable Dr. Keith Mondesir, speaking at the opening of the Community Nurses Conference last week says this commitment will be manifested in all communities island wide.


“Primary health care is what we consider the most economic way of delivering healthcare.  Our policy as a government is to continue the road to primary health care and develop community nurses.  We have seen the use and the benefit of the community mental wellness programme; today we are a little short on it due to financing, but we are going to enforce it because we believe at the community level prevention is where it starts.” 


Minister Mondesir, in acknowledging the benefits of an effectively organized primary health care system, highlighted the importance of the nurses to the patients.   


“The role of a nurse is as good and some cases even better than the medication the patient takes.  Statistically it is documented that sometimes fifty percent (50 %) of the patients seeking health care sometimes do not need medicine but the care that the nurses provide to them.  A nurse is a very important person in the health care cycle.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all the nurses and the care givers during and after Tomas.”


The Health Minister encouraged nurses to avail themselves of the various training opportunities which government has negotiated on their behalf with other friendly governments.

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