… $700M spent on training every year – Dr. Ramsammy
The dental sector has been boosted with an additional 25 persons who graduated from two training courses hosted by the Ministry of Health.
The students who graduated from the Community Dental Therapist and Dentex Certificate courses have been undergoing training for approximately a year.
The best graduating student was Sadee Joseph of the Guyana Defence Force from the Community Dental Therapist course.
The programme commenced in December of 2006 and the Ministry decided to do four auxiliary courses simultaneously.
At the graduation ceremony held at the Cara Lodge on Saturday evening, it was explained that the Ministry first started out with the Dental Assistant programme, Community Dental Therapist Programme, Dentex Certificate Programme and a Dentex Diploma Programme in order to provide a wide range of training to the students.
Training Coordinator Dr. Shameer Ali noted that “this actually is a very ambitious undertaking of dental auxiliary training, because never before have we ever had such a large contingent of students to be trained at the same time.”
Fourteen Dental Assistants enrolled in the programme but one dropped out, while there were 8 students in the Community Dental Therapist programme, and 22 in the Dentex Certificate programme.
The Dentex Diploma programme is still ongoing and will be completed in July/August this year.
According to Dr. Ali, the Dental Auxiliary programme is training 13 Amerindian students, as he noted that the programme is geared to providing auxiliary training to those in outlying areas.
In his feature address, Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy noted that the government has been making significant investments in the health sector over the years, as he noted over $700 million is spent on a yearly basis on training health workers that come through the Health Ministry.
“Then we have the doctors, the dentists and the actual nursing programme, the dentex, the pharmacy programme… all the programmes that they have the University of Guyana… so the government of Guyana is aware that we must invest in human resources.”
However, while admitting that the investment must be greater, Dr. Ramsammy pointed out that the administration is making every effort to ensure that it trains as many people as possible and provide them with opportunities.
He explained to the graduates that when they go out into the working world they must not complain about their salaries, but must keep in mind that the opportunity they receive to serve the people of Guyana was given to them, as they did not earn it.
According to Minister Ramsammy, being a health worker is no ordinary job, as they are in charge of saving people’s lives.
“The health sector does not have jobs; we have missions, and our mission is to make the lives of our sisters and brothers better,” Minister Ramsammy said.
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