Guyana Watch Inc. has sustained its objective of helping to improve the health of Guyanese throughout the length
and breadth of the country.
This year marked the team’s 22nd successive year in Guyana.
In excess of 2500 persons from several areas across Guyana received free medical treatment during its most recent exercise.
The charitable non-profit humanitarian organisation was established in 1992 and has maintained its mission throughout the years of reaching out to local communities that need medical assistance.
The organisation continues on an annual basis to provide free health care to underprivileged communities in Guyana, and also assists other groups, churches and humanitarian organisations in benevolent ventures.
This year, the team was equipped with two dentists; one pharmacist; a pediatrician; one nurse and seven Physicians who managed to conduct seven countrywide clinics, with the help of local and overseas volunteers.
These clinics were held at Patentia, La Parfait Harmonie, Leonora, Timehri, Rose Hall and Parika. A special clinic was conducted for orphans around Georgetown at the Sad’r Boys Orphanage in Kitty.
Coordinated by the President of Guyana Watch and prominent businessman, Tony Yassin, this year the team was able to garner a better assessment of patients’ conditions with the availability of cholesterol monitoring machines.
Unlike previous missions, patients this year were able to access readings for their cholesterol HDL (good cholesterol), cholesterol LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and overall cholesterol ratio. This significantly influenced the doctor’s evaluation of the patient, allowing them to prescribe medication more accurately.
A large number of diabetes and hypertension cases were recorded in most communities, while many cases of suspected Chikungunya cases were detected in East Canje.
The largest turnouts were recorded at Leonora, Timehri, Patentia and Rose Hall, exceeding 440 patients at each clinic.
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 also decided to offer free cholesterol, hypertension and blood sugar tests at his company, Guyana Stores Ltd.
In an interview with this publication, Yassin stressed that medical education is vital to the improvement of health care in Guyana.
He emphasized that this year’s mission focused on delivering medical education to patients, in order to reduce the number of illnesses countrywide.
He commended his medical staff for their dedication to teaching patients about their illnesses, so they can better understand and manage their respective conditions.
Yassin extended gratitude to Americares International, Glenmark Pharmaceutical Company of New Jersey along with Mr. Vijay Soni and Sanjiv Kishan, for their annual donation of substantial medication to Guyana Watch, which helped to make the outreaches possible.
He noted that Guyana Watch will remain committed to distributing free medical care to Guyanese in the coming years.
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