Jul 21, 2011 News
The Guyana Watch Inc team took its medical mission to Region Six on Wednesday. The base was Tain Primary School in the Corentyne.
Thousands of Guyanese have benefited from the US-based team over the past 19 years and President of Guyana Watch Inc, Tony Yassin, revealed that over US$2M thus far have been spent since 1992.
The group raises money on its own and “businesspeople in the US helps to support the organization and also get medication donated by pharmaceutical houses”.
Yassin further added that by the end of all the missions this year, the group would have spent “well over US$400,000 in medication and sometimes we leave supplies at the schools, over-the-counter things that they can use for normal things, sinus, and skin rashes”.
Twelve medical doctors, two dentists, a pharmacist and approximately 15 support staff members were on hand at the school on Wednesday tending to Berbicians.
Mr Yassin said that Guyana Watch is a non- profit organization which started in 1992, and has been doing medical outreaches across Guyana on a yearly basis. There are also local volunteers travelling with the clinic. Guyana Watch Inc, apart from giving medical supplies to persons, brings health education to Guyanese.
He said that the response in Berbice was very good and that many of the patients had diabetes, high blood pressure, and skin- related problems with men, women and children.
He noted that the dentists were very busy on Tuesday.
“It’s overwhelming that we really can’t keep up with all of the people coming for dental treatment, especially children,” he said.
He said the next major treatment was for high blood pressure, diabetes and skin problems. “They need a lot of skin creams. The amount of creams that we bring for all different types of illness is significant. In fact, we bring so much, and we are now purchasing locally, because we run out and there is demand for the different types of illnesses”.
In additional to the seven medical clinics across Guyana, the team will visit 12 orphanages to give medical treatment. The team takes the outreach next to Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, followed by the final clinic at Leonora, West Demerara.
He said that the group also assists children with heart surgeries. “Every year, we attempt to do pediatric hear surgeries. This year we will probably do eight heart surgeries for children.
“We are looking to send two to the United States and eight to India,” he said. An adult that needs heart surgery on the Corentyne was also looked at by the team and they will try to assist him to get the surgery overseas. A child who requires the help of a Neurosurgeon will also be followed- up by the doctors when they return to the US.
He added that the team tended to 194 children and 226 adults and 94 persons for dental treatment at Timehri on Tuesday. Over 300 persons were tended to in Berbice on Tuesday.
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