The country’s health-care sector is “fraught with challenges” but there is hope on the horizon.  At least this is according to Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence who predicted that a new batch of specialists entering the system will help to make a needed difference with their devotion, care and versatility.

A total of 19 General Medical Officers (GMOs), one physical therapist and one sports massage therapist were recently inducted into the system and Minister Lawrence urged them to choose between settling for being good or striving to become great. 

“Our patients are our priority. They will each come with a different story or problem, but you will be in that unique position not only to treat, but reassure them by demonstrating that you care,” the Minister said. 

Lawrence also challenged the new recruits to complement each other to help achieve greater outcomes within the five levels of health-care in Guyana. 

“I know that each of you is replete with ideas and novel ways of approach which you are anxious to share to effect change, but you must exercise patience. You cannot expect a change overnight, so your attitude in moving forward cannot be arrogance, condescension, impatience and worse still, withdrawal and complaints,” she warned.

She also emphasised the importance of exercising listening, good mannerisms and patience. “Words are powerful and when coupled with respect, kindness, confidentiality and professionalism, our patients’ response to this continuum of care will be heightened,” Lawrence said. 

The Minister made her remarks during a two-day orientation and training programme for the new recruits which was held under the theme: ‘An overview of the health system in Guyana, functions of the national health care system and other aspects governing the seven major Programmes under the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)’. 

The orientation which was held in the boardroom of the National Blood Transfusion Service at East and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown was facilitate by Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud; Dr. Karen Gordon-Campbell, Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) and other Programme Heads and Coordinators of the Public Health Ministry. 




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