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Medical and Dental Council moves closer to international accreditation

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada 

  • Grenada’s Medical and Dental Council to be internationally accredited
  • Opening of second phase of hospital project delayed
  • Plans to upgrade Mt Gay Psychiatric Hospital

Minister for Health Nickolas Steele said that Grenada’s Medical and Dental Council will be internationally accredited by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), hopefully by December.

The NCFMEA is responsible for assessing and accrediting medical schools that are comparable to the standards used to accredit medical schools in the United States.

According to Steele, the government has already submitted a request to the United States-based committee within the US Department of Education for accreditation and is awaiting a favourable response. “We will get the final word from them probably by December. We expect everything to go smoothly with that and that will allow our medical and dental council to be not just the national accreditation body in Grenada, but to be recognised internationally, particularly in the US.”

Grenada’s Medical and Dental Council is the body responsible for issuing licences for medical practitioners in Grenada, and with the pending approval by the NCFMEA, will grant them the power to accredit Medical Educating schools. Last month Minister Steele, accompanied by members of the Medical and Dental Council travelled to Washington to submit their proposal to NCFMEA.

Minister Steele also informed the public that unforeseen circumstances have delayed the opening of the second phase of the hospital project, but has reassured that government is doing all within its power to fast track that process to ensure that the completion of the project can take place before Christmas. “I am hoping for Christmas for it to be open, there have been some delays and I am not happy with the delays and I don’t think that anyone should be. Our role is to drive that process forward as efficiently and effectively as possible so that it can be open as quickly as possible. We had some delays from the contractor and with electricity on site. As you may know, it is a complicated site to work on, the connecting corridor between the existing building and the new facility also had to be negotiated which needed the demolition of the kitchen and that had some complications with it… but we keep pushing ahead and making sure that we can get this open as quickly as possible.”

The completion of the second phase of the hospital project will see a new accident and emergency department, imaging department, administrative offices, out-patients services, chapel, laboratory and staff facilities.

There are also plans to upgrade Mt Gay Psychiatric Hospital which will involve the reconstruction of the Rathdune Unit at the General Hospital.

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Hubbard’s assists GARP to meet in cool comfort

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Tuesday, 18 February was a very happy day for Grenada Association of Retired Persons (GARP), as their Welcome Centre on the Kirani James Boulevard received a brand-new air-conditioning unit to allow them to continue their numerous activities, for seniors, in comfort.

GARP, established for over 8 years, with more than 200 members, uses the centre to welcome ‘seniors’ (50 years and over) to engage in workshops, training, activities, events and outings, especially tailored for them. The centre also offers support for important learning curves for seniors, relating to their comfort with technology and modern-day communication methods and trends.

Carol Vazquez, Founder and President of GARP, who has made it her personal mission to grow the flourishing and much needed organisation expressed her delight. “We are a very busy and active group and the Welcome Centre is our hub! This generous donation from Hubbard’s will allow our membership to continue our regular activities in comfort. It is very much appreciated.”

Anthony Phillip, Manager of Hubbard’s Appliance Dept. who made the donation on behalf of the company commented; “we received a lovely letter from Ms Vazquez and felt the reason for the request was certainly an opportunity for us to positively affirm our corporate citizenship stance. Personally, I had not heard of GARP before, although I have seen activities taking place in front of the Welcome Centre. Assisting members of our community is vital, and in this case, assisting an organisation who are themselves assisting a sometimes-vulnerable sector of our community, can only be for the good,” he concluded.

The donated energy-efficient inverter unit, valued at approximately $4,000 will allow GARP to see a reduction in running costs and simultaneously acknowledge that all have a part to play in diminishing the country’s carbon footprint.

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Republic Bank National Learn to Swim Week launched

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The Republic Bank National Learn to Swim Week 2020 was officially launched on 22 February at a ceremony held at the True Blue Bay Marina.

After 5 years of dedicated support, the bank is pleased to assume title sponsorship of the National Learn to Swim Week programme, spearheaded by the Grenada Youth Adventurers (GYA).

The GYA seeks to promote water safety by providing basic swimming lessons to the general public, at no charge. The programme has been widely received, with growing interest and participation each year. It has since grown to become part of a much wider programme “Get Grenada Swimming.” So far, an estimated 3,400 persons have benefitted, with the aim to reach 8,000 persons by the year 2021.

The bank’s contribution of $15,000 will assist with training equipment; kickboards, noodles, goggles, t-shirts and stipends for the lifeguards/instructors who complement the volunteer team. Each year, an average 25 or more volunteers travel from the USA and UK and even as far as Australia to assist with the programme; one of whom is already on island for a 3-month stay assisting with the broader goal to ‘Get Grenada swimming’.

The Republic Bank National Learn to Swim Week 2020 will be held 14–18 April (Easter week), at these locations:

  • Annandale
  • Bathway Beach
  • Carriacou (Lumbadive)
  • Good Hope Pool
  • Gouyave (L’Anse Beach)
  • Grand Anse (Camerhogne Park)
  • Grand Anse (RC Church)
  • Grand Anse (Umbrellas)
  • Grand Mal (Go Cool steps)
  • Grenada Marine, St David
  • La Sagesse Nature Centre
  • Petite Martinique
  • Sauteurs Breakwater
  • Soubise
  • True Blue Bay Resort Pool

For adults who have always wanted to learn to swim this is your perfect opportunity. It is also a worthwhile programme to keep the children positively engaged during the Easter break. To sign up, or for more information, visit http://www.getgrenadaswimming.com or contact Deb Eastwood at 404-5237.

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A 6-member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) cross-party delegation of members and officials from the UK Houses of Parliament, visited Grenada from 19≠21 February. They also visited Barbados.

The visit was organised in partnership with the Parliament of Grenada and the British High Commission.

Their programme of meetings and visits addressed topical issues such as international trade, security, climate change and disaster resilience. During their time in Grenada, the delegation met with key parliamentary stakeholders, officials and leading civil society members.

Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor, on behalf of the delegation, said, “It was an incredible experience to visit Barbados and Grenada as part of a cross-party delegation. We touched on a range of issues, including trade, climate change and the fight against crime, all of which are important issues for both the UK and the region. Strengthening our economic, environmental and security partnerships will be of benefit to both sides. The delegation enjoyed meeting with Ministers and Parliamentarians, and I hope our valued relationship with the Eastern Caribbean will be further strengthened by this visit.’’

British Resident Commissioner to Grenada Wendy Freeman said, “I am very grateful to the MPs from the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for their valuable visit to Grenada. Not only for strengthening the parliamentary and commonwealth links but also for supporting the newly established British High Commission. Come back again soon!”

This bilateral visit to the region was the first CPA UK visit in several years. The programme provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen relations with the region, particularly on areas such as trade, climate change, security and social issues.

About CPA UK

CPA UK supports and strengthens parliamentary democracy throughout the Commonwealth. It focuses on key issues including women in parliament, modern slavery, financial oversight, security and trade.

Peer to peer learning is central to the way CPA UK works. CPA UK brings together UK and Commonwealth parliamentarians and officials, to share knowledge and learn from each other. It aims to improve parliamentary oversight, scrutiny and representation. CPA UK is located in,  and funded by, the UK Parliament.

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