Hundreds receive medical attention at Chinoweng, Region Seven

With the demand for healthcare services rising, and the need for increased medical personnel in hinterland communities, the Ministry of Health earlier this week hosted a two-day medical outreach at Chinoweng, Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni).

The outreach sought to reach the medical needs of more than 300 villagers, as well as assess the health situation in the hinterland.

Dr Mahadeo engaging in a medical assessment

Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo, led the medical team of dentists and ophthalmologists, among others, to the community.

He said the visit sought to also meet the mandate set out by His Excellency President., Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali.

“It is a continuation of an initiative that we started since last year, to fulfil the request of His Excellency to take health care to the people, to take health care in higher forms other than just having a CHW working here,” he said.

During its evaluations, the team noted some issues and has committed to addressing them as soon as possible.

“We have brought with us the VIA to look for cervical lesions and that is an area that we need to focus a little bit more on and that recommendation will be made to the Regional Health Officer, so that he could make the necessary adjustments and put systems in place that that service could be more readily available to all the residents who want to access it,” Dr. Mahadeo detailed.

Team member conducts eye assessment on one of the residents

General Medical Officer in the Upper Mazaruni Region, Dr Daniel Robertson, lauded the efforts of the senior health officials and their respective teams for their commitment to the improvement of health services to residents of hinterland communities.

“I’m very grateful to RHS department, Dr Mahadeo and Mr. Gouveia for organising this outreach. I’m glad that they were able to be here on the ground to see the communities, to actually meet with the people, to be able to identify what it is the community needs on a first-hand experience,” Robertson said.

The health ministry will continue the outreach programmes to hinterland regions, as it pushes government’s agenda of providing equitable healthcare services to all.