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–Restorative eye surgery now available in Guyana

DPI, Guyana, Friday, February 28, 2020

For the first time in Guyana’s history, citizens can now have access to restorative eye surgery at the Guyana Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).

$52 Million worth of Vitreoretinal Surgical equipment was donated to the GPHC today by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It will allow medical retinal specialists to treat conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.

Prior to today, Guyanese had to travel abroad for treatment, a costly activity.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Glendon Fogenay, hailed the provision of this service, as important.  “It means that our citizenry can have their surgeries done here which will give them more time to recover at home,” Fogenay explained.

Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC Brigadier George Lewis (ret’d) disclosed that over the last few years GPHC has embarked on several improvement initiatives to enhance the quality and range of services provided. He said the Ministry of Public Health spends upward of $100Million annually on the Department of Ophthalmology.

Lewis further noted that the Ophthalmology theatre staff were trained Dr. Corey, a Vitreoretinal Surgeon from the USA in the usage of the Vitreoretinal Surgical equipment.

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