The PPP/C Administration is actively exploring the implementation of remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology.

Termed telemedicine, the new undertaking enables video or phone appointments between a patient and their health care practitioner, providing a convenient procedure.

With telemedicine, a patient will be able to access help from a medical practitioner or even a nurse without having to travel to the hospital or clinic in their sick state.

The administration’s move to venture into the new medical path is part of its overarching master plan to significantly transform Guyana’s medical features.

The government intends to push the nation’s health sector to mirror international standards, and put Guyana on the world map as a first-choice healthcare destination.

Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony said his ministry will commence the trial phase of the new mechanism in the next two months, beginning with four remote communities in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).

“We will train the community health workers that are there so that they can deliver the first line of care, and if they need assistance, they can dial up to be in contact with a doctor in Georgetown, so that that doctor could help them to go through the paces of making adequate diagnosis,” Minister Anthony noted.

Dr. Anthony was at the time delivering keynote address during the 42nd Annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) Conference, which opened at the Guyana Marriott, Wednesday evening.

(Extracted and modified from the Department of Public Information)


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