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The Ministry of Gozo has this evening responded to comments made by Labour MP Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca “on the condition and lack of maintenance of sterilisation equipment at Gozo General Hospital.”
The Ministry said that the PL statement was for political gain and that the problem with the sterilisation equipment is not due to lack of maintenance, regular maintenance had been carried out, but because of the need of spare parts.
The recent damage is normal and until the parts, which are already on order, have arrived, the instruments are being sent to Malta, the Ministry said.
In the statement the Ministry denied the comments made by the Labour Party Health Spokesperson Marie Louise Coleiro, who said that “Gozitans are being treated like third class citizens by the Government, with instruments having to be sent to Malta to be sterilised, resulting in a possible shortage of instruments for emergency operations.”
“Thanks to Mater Dei Hospital, with its agreement, priority is given to the sterilisation of instruments sent from Gozo, so that they can be swiftly returned to the GGH, to enable a normal service to continue.
“With the investment in the healthcare sector in Gozo, which included a new Hyperbaric Unit, two new ambulances etc, it shows that Gozo has always been a priority for this Government,” the statement concluded.