Guyanese Diaspora in Canada donate Ultra Sound Machines

Three Ultra Sound Machines were donated Friday to the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

During Friday’s handing over ceremony held in the Lot 1 Brickdam, Georgetown compound of the Public Health, Senior Minister Mrs. Volda Lawrence said one of the donated items will be given to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, on the East Bank corridor, another to the C.C. Nicholson Hospital, East Coast Demerara and the final machine to the Materials Management Unit (MMU) of the MOPH.

Director of the International Desk at the MOPH, Mr. Denroy Tudor explained that the ultrasound machines were contributions from the North York General Hospital who donated them to the Guyana Christian Charities Consulate in Toronto, Canada. Tudor said the North York General Hospital had given four Ultra Sound Machines last year but the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital uplifted theirs before Friday’s official handing-over ceremony.

The donation to C.C Nicholson and the Diamond Diagnostic Centre “will improve health care delivery to patients,” including those travelling from Kwakwani, East Berbice/Corentyne (Region 10) and other far-flung locations, Dr Fiona Perry, Deputy Director, Regional Health Services (RHS).

The MMU will be the guardian of the fourth machine to cater for future emergencies in the public health system.

Dr. Perry welcomed the donation which she described as timely noting that the ultrasound machines “will decrease the patient load” of the service being offered specifically at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), by allowing patients to access the services at the Regional Hospitals thus ending the need for them to seek the service at the usually-over-crowded GPHC.

Both Perry and Tudor agreed that the donation of the machines will benefit patients, improve health services offered by the regional hospitals and serve as a fillip to the novel smart hospital initiative currently undertaken by the MOPH with technical and financial support from PAHO/WHO.