M.P. FOR ST. JAMES SOUTH,
MINISTER OF HEALTH
The Hon. Donville Inniss is a dynamic, young leader, and member of a talented team committed to achieving the Independence Dream of Barbados. At the local, national and regional levels he has demonstrated an energetic and proactive approach to challenges.
Donville is a graduate of Harrison College, the Community College and the University of the West Indies. For several years he has worked as an entrepreneur who owns a Management Company specializing in International Business, with contacts in South Korea, USA, Canada and Europe. He is therefore at the cutting edge of the campaign to spread the entrepreneurial culture among the best-educated generation of Barbadians during this prolonged recession.
He has brought modern management techniques to his work at both the constituency and national levels. He knows first-hand what is happening in the varied districts that make up the St. James South constituency. For example, when crime manifested itself in the West Terrace area in the form of tyre slashing, he mobilized residents and law enforcement agencies who worked closely together and quickly apprehended the culprit.
It is this same consultative, cooperative process, backed by knowledge and experience in both the public and private sectors that have helped Mr. Inniss improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). Fully committed to his Party’s principle of putting people first, he has succeeded in making patient care the top priority at this premier health institution. Under his leadership there has been considerable investment in programmes to improve staff training, human development and administration, as well as upgrades to the QEH’s physical plant, utilities infrastructure, and equipment. At the policy level a new Medical Registration Act and a new Nurses Act have been instituted which mandate continuing education for doctors and nurses and the provision of a specialist register.
The financial affairs of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have also been improved. In particular the systems for collecting fees were upgraded and succeeded in bringing in more than a quarter of a million dollars during the 2011-2012 financial year alone.
At the same time, the Barbados Drug Service has been streamlined, making it sustainable without running private pharmacies out of business or compromising on the delivery of essential medicines to Barbadians. Its deficit has been cut by half.
At the primary health care level, Government is ensuring that residents of outlying districts receive the same level of care as citizens in metropolitan areas. Hence, the St. John Polyclinic is being completed and the St. Andrew’s Outpatients Clinic in Belleplaine has been refurbished to meet the health needs of their clients.
Equal attention has been paid to prevention. Minister Inniss has therefore led the initiative to create a healthier Barbados by banning smoking in public places and the sale of cigarettes to minors. In addition to this, a National Exercise Task Force and Salt Reduction Programme have been launched; the Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases Commission has been re-energized; and community health programmes have been expanded to include a renewed focus on mental health, with mental health nurses and psychiatrists making home visits. With the Minister’s support, environmental officers have stepped up vector control in and around Bridgetown and a national de-bushing campaign has seen a reduction in overgrown lots, with owners footing the cost.
Mr. Inniss knows that the quality of life and the wealth of a nation are both dependent on a healthy population. He has the energy, skills and commitment to achieve these goals with your on-going support.
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