Karawab Health Centre lacks basic care
…can’t conduct malaria smears, other tests
Residents of Karawab Village, located in the Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two, are concerned about the lack of certain services at their local health centre and the attendant disadvantages.
Reports are that this health centre does not offer malaria smears since the assigned health worker has been removed and sent for “further training” in Georgetown. No one else who can perform such duties has replaced her.
Residents said that they would have to travel a far distance to the hospital at Charity, for typhoid and other tests (such as malaria smears) and this proves to be very costly and time consuming.
A few persons explained that on many occasions they had no choice but to have these same tests conducted privately on the Essequibo Coast for various reasons.
It was also stated that the journey from Karawab to Charity is not always an easy one since residents have to brave either the hot, blazing sun (while sick) or the heavy rains while in the open boats.
“All of us here live far from Charity and sometimes just to have simple tests like for typhoid and even malaria is not possible so we have to go all the way to Charity to have them done. Sometimes we have to pay between $2,000 and $3,000 just for one test,” related one man.
Another issue which is badly affecting the community is the health centre not having a working radio-set so as to allow the necessary communication between the centre and other areas to notify of any emergencies or updates.
According to one woman, previously there was a functioning radio-set at the health centre, however; it was removed and the village is in need of another set for easy communication.
“We are the last health centre on this river and if there are cases of emergencies what will happen and how will people know and assist if we have no form of communication? We need another one, a new one here,” added another resident of the Karawab Village.
Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran was not available to address the issues. (Kristen Macklingam)