Guyana Watch team begins week-long medical outreach
August 18, 2003
A TEAM of medical, dental and support personnel mostly from the United States is due to begin a week-long medical outreach across the Guyanese coastland, starting today.
With the arrival of the remainder of the 22-member team in the country early this morning, the full complement of practitioners will begin seeing patients of Timehri and Santa Mission at Timehri Government School from approximately 9.00 o'clock.
Clinics are also scheduled for Bush Lot Government School from 9.00 a.m. and at New Amsterdam Orphanage from 3.00 p.m. tomorrow; at Mibicuri Government School from 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday; at Leguan, Wakenaam and Parika at their respective government schools on Thursday; at Aurora Government School on Friday from 9.00 a.m.; and at Wales Government School on Saturday from 9.00 a.m.
The clinics will be conducted by eight medical doctors, two nurses, and eleven or so clinic support personnel.
The team is here under the auspices of Guyana Watch Incorporated, a non-government, non-profit organization of overseas-based Guyanese and local businessmen who have committed to providing cost-free patient care and medical prescriptions at least once a year to suburban and rural Guyanese unable or barely able to afford such services.
They'll be assisted by local doctors, who will also conduct follow-up clinics.
Guyana Watch president Tony Yassin says this year's outreach, the eleventh since the programme began, is geared to dispensing over US$120,000 worth of medication to an anticipated 3,000 patients.
By the conclusion of this week's clinics, Guyana Watch Inc. will have spent well over US$1 million on patient-care medication to more than 28,000 patients across Guyana's three counties.