– Over 2,500 persons treated
The Guyana Watch Medical team concluded their countrywide clinics with a bang yesterday at Parika, East Bank Essequibo.
Over 2,500 persons would have visited the clinics over the last seven days, seeking the free medical care.
The more than 20-person team of doctors and volunteers arrived last week for the seven-day clinics that have now become an annual tradition in Guyana.
Yesterday, at the Parika Salem Government School, almost 260 persons visited the clinic, with a significant number of them seeking attention for diabetes and hypertension.
Coordinated by prominent businessman, Tony Yassin, the outreaches have been growing in popularity and is in its 22nd year.
This year, the team included two dentists, a pediatrician, several physicians and voluntary students aspiring to be medical practitioners.
Yesterday, at Parika, dentists Chiran Reddy and Apurva Dave, were busy conducting extractions, deep cleaning and filling procedures.
Pediatrician, Dr. Partha Chatergee, disclosed that there were quite a number of children with skin infections.
President of Guyana Watch, Tony Yassin, described the team’s 22nd mission to Guyana as a “great success”, due to the high attendance at all of the outreach clinics.
He commended his medical staff and volunteers for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment to serving Guyanese during their brief sojourn this year.
The team visited Patentia, La Parfaite Harmonie, Leonora and Parika in the West Demerara area. They also conducted clinics at Timehri, on the East Bank of Demerara and Rose Hall in Berbice. A number of orphanages in the city also received medical attention from the team.
Leonora, Timehri, Patentia and Rose Hall all recorded an attendance exceeding 400 persons at each clinic.
A large number of diabetes and hypertension cases were recorded in most communities, while many cases of Chikungunya-like symptoms were detected in East Canje.
Added to routine hypertension and blood sugar testing, the team was able to field new cholesterol monitoring machines this year, allowing persons to assess their levels.
According to Yassin, he is also sponsoring two children for surgery as a result of the outreaches- one for cataract and the other for a cleft palate.
The businessman has now moved to offer free cholesterol, hypertension and blood sugar tests at Guyana Stores, a company he owns.
The team was loud in praise to businessman Buddy Shivraj and his Buddy’s Restaurant and Pool Hall; Cobeer “Anand” Persaud, Glenn Lall, New Thriving Restaurant and M&M Snackette for sponsoring this year’s outreaches.
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