“Private institution to roll out new clinical treatments”
– “red blood cell exchange therapy” for patients with sickle cell disease
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, November 29, 2018
The Doobay Medical Centre located at Annandale, East Coast Demerara is introducing new and improved treatment for diabetic patients.
According to Dr. Azim Gangji, Professor of Nephrology at McMaster University in Canada, the centre will soon introduce new methods to detect high blood pressure, diabetes and other potential kidney diseases.
Dr. Gangj was addressing members of the media at a press conference held today.
He said one of the key new programmes of the Centre, is one called Plasmapheresis, which is a way to clean the blood of patients with sickle cell disease. Plasmapheresis is similar to kidney dialysis.
“Try to get them under control with medication so we can prevent them from actually going on to kidney failure,” Dr. Gangji said.
During such treatment, plasma, the liquid part of blood, gets replaced with plasma from a donor or with a plasma substitute. The treatment is non-surgical therapy.
Dr. Gangji also revealed that there are plans for a dialysis Centre in New Amsterdam, to serve patients who have difficulty travelling to Georgetown.
That facility will be similarly outfitted as the one at Annandale.
The Doobay Medical Centre, founded in September 2011, was the brainchild of Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Budhendra Doobay, who lived and worked in Canada for many years before opening the facility here.
Image: Gionanni Gajie.