Promoting quality health research in our local environment

─ 12th Annual Medical Research Conference held

─ Forum sees unique and fascinating research presentations

 DPI, Guyana, Sunday, November 3, 2019

 In its pursuit to promote the culture and practice of qualitative research in Guyana, the Institute of Health Science Education (IHSE) held its 12th Annual Medical Research Conference, at the Author Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), on Sunday.

This forum brings together renowned medical practitioners and other health officials for the express purpose of promoting quality research in our local environment.

The event witnessed numerous research presentations – eliciting fascinating medical discourse between the officials and attendees. It was observed that this can translate into beneficial health opportunities for all Guyanese.

Minister of Public Health, Hon. Volda Lawrence, who declared the session open, expressed her satisfaction to be attending the august occasion. She noted that in 2008 considering the local health agenda, the Institute debuted the conference to encourage researchers to work towards improving the health sector and further optimising the delivery of healthcare.

Minister Lawrence said the 2019 theme “Promoting research for safe patient care,” mirrors the mandate of her ministry, which seeks to cater for the needs of Guyana’s populace, as it strives conscientiously to advance healthcare delivery services.

Minister of Public Health, Hon. Volda Lawrence, during her opening remarks, at the 12th Annual Medical Research Conference, on Sunday.

I do concur that the significance of research cannot be underestimated, and so it is the remit of the ministry to do its utmost to encourage and invest in medical research,” Minister Lawrence added.

Director of the IHSE, Dr. Alexander Harvey told the room of medical specialists, that this year’s conference is the largest of its kind in Guyana and is the highlight of the research year for many health practitioners, as they seek to disseminate their research ideas and findings on topics relevant to our health needs.

Dr. Harvey stated that during the upcoming year, IHSE will be developing a comprehensive ‘train the trainers workshop’ for the teaching faculty and a research module for its residents in training — providing an opportunity for them to hone the research skills and tools needed to help solve local health challenges.

“The IHSE Research committee continues to offer its services to those who seek assistance in their research endeavours and we continue to encourage such interaction,” Dr. Harvey stated.

Among the research papers presented and discussed was emergency readiness in primary healthcare; an assessment on the incidence of depression among patients attending the Chronic Disease Clinic at the Campbellville Health Centre and the implementation of a handwashing campaign at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Georgetown Public Hospital. These presentations were facilitated by Doctors Tariq Jagnarine, Sahodra Rambharose and nurse Gangapattie Dani respectively.

A section of the gathering, at the 12th Annual Medical Research Conference, on Sunday.

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