Rural East Candidate promises an immediate investment in healthcare upgrades once the UPP attains public office

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The United Progressive Party (UPP) plans on investing millions of dollars in the public healthcare system once it is elected to public office.

Sean Bird, the Party’s Candidate for St. John’s Rural East, says that serious attention will be paid to the country’s lone public hospital and several of the clinics, including the one in his constituency.

The entire healthcare system needs to be fixed, Bird says, and the UPP will make a concerted effort to address the current problems and ensure that residents receive proper care and prompt attention.

Bird acknowledges that the doctors and nurses have been trying their best, but they do not have the resources required to deliver the best service.

To this end, he says the Emergency Room will be modernized to provide the type of healthcare that persons – both young and old – deserve.

Further, the UPP Candidate says, the waiting time for patients will be greatly improved with the addition of more doctors.

According to Bird, immediately upon taking office the UPP will inject $1 million into the healthcare system to upgrade equipment, and it work with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to improve all operational standards.

At present, he says the 25 community clinics, which treat mainly non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and hypertension), are in a poor state.

Bird refers specifically to the Clare Hall Clinic, which he says is often without water, and asks how any healthcare facility can function properly without running water.

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