On Monday, March 3, 2014, U.S. Embassy officials formally met with Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez and representatives from the Public Hospitals Authority to participate in the handover of four new portable X-ray machines during a brief ceremony at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the newly constructed Critical Care Block.
This latest donation is the culmination of three public health projects in The Bahamas supported by the United States Government’s Department of Defense’s Global Health Engagement policy and the United States Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) Building Partner Capacity program facilitated through U.S. Embassy Nassau.
The U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Yancy Caruthers attended the handover ceremony and highlighted the significance of “health diplomacy,” a common ground that says that above economic or physical resources – people are the most important commodity.
“This project is a clear illustration of our shared values – that the ability of a nation to care for its people is one of the most important things of all.”
The X-ray machines will double the size of the Public Hospital Authority’s capacity to serve patients as three of the machines will be used to service patients throughout New Providence while the other will be transferred to Grand Bahama to serve the critical needs of patients there. Other public health projects funded by the U.S. government over the past year include mammography and radiography training as well as vital screening equipment for mammograms.
United States Embassy, Nassau
Top: U.S. Embassy officials present Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez and representatives from the Public Hospitals Authority with the new portable X-ray machines during a brief ceremony at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Side: The U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Yancy Caruthers formally presents the new state-of-the-art portable x-ray machines to the Minister of Health, Dr. Perry Gomez.