The Rotary Club of Demerara, Ministry of Health for Medical Outreach
More than 75 residents in the South Sophia community benefitted from the Rotary Club of Demerara medical outreach, which was done in partnership with the Mercy Wings Vocational and Day Care Centre, and supported by the Ministry of Health.
This initiative took place on Sunday.
The combined team offered services in the areas of chronic illnesses and dentistry.
Medical outreaches have formed a critical part of the Rotary Club of Demerara annual community programmes in its quest to providing service above self to those most in need. This latest initiative, however, was in-keeping with District Governor Tony Watkins’s appeal to all clubs in District 7030 to design and implement programmes aimed at increasing awareness on the growing number of diabetic cases within the region.
The Club accepted Watkins’s request and in September initiated in its first undertaking with the support of the Ministry of Health.
This resulted in the production of a documentary that is to be featured throughout the main stream media and via social networks. The first version of the documentary has already been presented to the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Gavenish Persaud and Dr. Shawn Bancroft both volunteered their services for this outreach along with Nurses Tucker, Williams and Richards, as well as, final year medical student Mandy Kooseram.
The nurses’ team conducted chronic diseases awareness sessions with the residents which was followed by thorough medical check-ups by the doctors, following which those in need received medication for diabetes and hypertension. Dental services were offered by Demerara Rotarian Dr Debra Patterson-Skeete and her team.
The medical team along with the Rotary Club of Demerara will continue to collaborate for future medical outreaches. One has already been planned for the community of Tennabu, up the Demerara River on June 19, 2011.