Aug 09, 2013 News Comments Off on Guyana Watch medical outreach begins Sunday
The popular Guyana Watch Medical team will once again be conducting a number of medical and dental outreaches all across the country, from August 11 to August 18. Tomorrow is the official commencement of this year’s operation.
As usual, the team will consist of doctors in various fields of specialization, including Pediatricians, Dentists and Pharmacists, along with supporting staff.
This year will mark the group’s 21st outreach, and will see six clinic locations being set up countrywide, as well as visits to a few orphanages.
A turnout of approximately 3,500-4,000 patients is expected. The team also plans to distribute over US$500,000 in medication to those in need, as well as provide health counseling.
On Sunday August 11, the team will be at the Patentia Secondary School on the West Bank of Demerara, and the following day, Monday August 11 at Timehri Primary School.
The St. Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary School is booked for clinic location on Tuesday August 12. Bath Settlement and the entire West Coast Berbice will be covered on Thursday at the Bath Settlement Primary School. Areas on the West Coast of Demerara, including Anna Catherina, Den Amstel, and Stewartville will be catered for on Friday August 16 th at the Leonora Primary School.
The Guyana Watch team plans to return to the West Bank of Demerara at the Belle West Primary School to tend to areas surrounding the Canal Number 2 Polder on Saturday August 17.
Spearheaded by local businessman, Tony Yassin, Guyana Watch Incorporated is a charitable organization which was established in 1992, with the aim of reaching out to communities in need of medical assistance, health care, and in the areas of education.
From the year of establishment to 2009, the organization annually sponsored medical clinics in the three counties, aiding over 45,000 people. The group brings about 10-15 medical doctors and a number of support personnel each year.
In 2012, the medical professionals saw a total of 3,462 patients, inclusive of 844 children, 1827 adults, and 791 dentistry patients.
The organization has also been responsible for sending approximately 20 patients overseas for much needed heart surgeries.
In 1998, Guyana Watch Inc. (GWI) brought in an ophthalmology team, and was able to complete 58 cataract surgeries. From this, the team also went on to sponsor many corrective and other eye surgeries here, and overseas.
As far as education goes, GWI was in the forefront of building a state-of-the-art, 32-computer work station laboratory at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, along with computer laboratories in some other schools.
In 2007, the team also awarded two 4-year scholarships in the field of Chemistry, and Biology at the University of Guyana in Berbice.
The outreaches are conducted via financial and other contributions received from its members, including Mr. Yassin, and well wishers.
“It is a total volunteer programme where everyone pays their own traveling and accommodation expenses during these medical outreaches… with the exception recently in the last four years, the organization began to pay for the air travel and hotel stay for the medical doctors.
The Organization continues on an annual basis to identify where health care is needed most and to reach out to those communities whilst assisting other groups, churches and other organizations in their programmes of assistance to needy people.
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