An agreement to strengthen public health care was signed recently with the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced.
“We anticipate that this project will help by improving accessibility, efficiency and responsiveness of key health services,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
According to the PM, the Heath System Strengthening project will roll-out a package of health services, introduce financial incentives to improve service delivery, as well as upgrade health infrastructure and scale up preparedness and response for public health emergencies.
“Specifically, the project aims to ensure that at least 100,000 people on the island of 178,000 inhabitants are registered to the National Health Scheme by the end of the project,” he revealed.
“It also ensures that at least 60 percent of diabetic and hypertensive patients over 18 years old are treated according to national protocols in public primary health care facilities. In addition, primary health care centers will be equipped to serve as the first point of detection for selected infectious diseases,” the PM said.
The project is financed by a US$ 20 Million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) with a final maturity of 40 years and a 10-year grace period, Chstanet disclosed on his Facebook page.
He noted that life expectancy has increased in recent years and reached 75 years in 2015.
Nevertheless, Chastanet observed that noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases have increased and remain the leading cause of mortality.
“Recent outbreaks of Chikungunya and cases of Zika have also highlighted gaps in public health preparedness and response,” he stated.