David G buses to transport nurses in Region 6

-Plans onstream to assist nurses who travel from Region 5 to Region 6 

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephen has announced that the five David G School buses that are in Region 6, East Berbice Corentyne will be used to transport nurses to and from their work.

The decision was taken at the Regional Task Force meeting on Wednesday after reports were received of medical staff, more so nurses, in particular. being unfairly treated by operators of public transportation.

A nurse on one of the David G buses awaiting her trip home

Region 6, Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephen

Stephen said there have been instances where these operators have refused to carry nurses in their vehicles, doubled the price for the fare and one occasion a nurse was sprayed completely with Lysol upon entering a public transportation.

“These actions prompted the task force and the regional administration to decide to utilise the five David G buses that are in Region 6 since school is out. These will be used to pick up all nurses and medical personnel. This has started as of yesterday,” Stephen explained.

He reminded that healthcare workers are on the frontline every day and “we as administrators have to ensure we give them that supportive environment to so they can continue to function at a high level”.

Stephens highlighted, plans onstream to facilitate nurses who live in Region 5 but commute to work in Region 6. He noted systems will be in place by the end of the day.

The buses are expected to work from Number 50 Village to Crabwood Creek; Number 35 Village to Number 52 Village; Number 35 Village to New Amsterdam. In  East Canje, Angoy’s Avenue, Sister’s Village and the East Bank of Berbice to New Amsterdam.