MOSP brings smiles to children in Paediatric Ward

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Scores of children in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) Paediatric Ward were left smiling this morning as the Ministry of Social Protection presented them with new toys and sweets.

Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally told the Department of Public Information that the exercise is a continuation of the ministry’s Christmas toy drive. The initiative is aimed at bringing a smile to the faces of the young ones, who are unable to be at home during the festive season.  The Minister said it is also in keeping with President David Granger’s tradition of visiting the public hospital and presenting gifts to babies on Christmas day.

“We in the Coalition government believe in bringing cheer and love and sharing it with everyone, including the children, because we are an administration that cares …. President David Granger could not be here, so in his place myself and Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence came to spread Christmas cheer,” the minister said.

She noted that Christmas is an important festival that emphasises the message of peace, love, goodwill and kindness to humanity, hence the government’s effort to spread this message.

The hospital’s CEO, Retired Brigadier George Lewis, thanked the minister and staff for continuing this annual tradition, noting that the simple but significant act will bring the feeling of home to the children currently admitted to the ward.

“It is not easy being in the hospital and it is even harder when you are a child in the hospital. So, we wanted the children to feel as if they are at home during this festive season,” Lewis said.

The staff of the pediatric unit also received presents from Minister Ally.

Neola Damon.

Images: Keno George.

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