Imbaimadai residents in need of further medical care to be brought to GPHC – Dr. Mahadeo

In keeping with His Excellency, President, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali’s mandate of providing specialist health care services in the hinterland regions, the Ministry of Health recently hosted a two-day medical outreach at Imbaimadai, Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni).

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

Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo.

Dr. Mahadeo said persons needing further medical attention will be brought to the coast to ensure they receive adequate care.

“So, somebody might get cataract in the eye. Such a person we will not be able to do surgery here, but what we are doing, we’re also compiling a list of persons who will need to have interventions on the coast, and we will take the residents out, we will take care of them out there, make sure they get their surgery and bring them back home,” he said.

Residents benefit from dentistry services.

The doctor told the residents that the medical outreach is not a one-off event, but will continue over time. He said additional training will be provided to doctors working in the community to improve services.

“In addition, we will be taking the doctor out and providing him with additional training so that when he’s here, he will also be able to provide a variety of services that weren’t being provided before,” he said.

Medical personnel at work.

Dr. Mahadeo said while the ministry is seeking to expand medical services in hinterland communities, there is also a need for community involvement. He urged residents to form a “managing committee”, to assist in the overall management of health facilities in the village.

“We believe in partnerships…we want the community to take ownership, this is your facility, this is your doctor, be a part of the facility,” Dr. Mahadeo urged.