Jul 22, 2016 News
– Guyana Watch team member stresses
Research has shown that many people, especially from the younger generation, have developed serious health issues because they take health matters for granted which eventually results in their demise.
One of the main objectives of the United States-based Guyana Watch Medical team which is on a one-week visit to Guyana is to educate the people on these issues, and according to Krishan Sanjeev, Vice President of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals – which has headquarters in Mumbai and New Jersey – a regular visit to the doctor may very well be the solution to many of these issues.
Speaking with Kaieteur News during yesterday’s clinic which was held at St. Mary’s Primary School, Soesdyke, Sanjeev, who is a member of the team, emphasised that Guyanese should take their health seriously.
“The biggest thing we can do for the population is to give them good, periodic check-ups, otherwise a lot of these diseases go unprotected, so it is important for the people to go regularly for a general health check-up, especially once they pass the age of 30. We can come once a year and try to outreach as many as we can, but we can never really cover everybody. So it is up to the Government to provide those types of services,” he added.
The team provides services for those who are being affected by cholesterol, skin diseases and blood pressure, and Sanjeev stated that they are trying to expand. “These are all long term problems, we can provide the treatment for a certain amount of time, but residents here need to follow up with their local practitioners, and if they do not, then the initial care does not have the benefit, he posited.
“We focus on these issues because they are easy to look at in such a short period of time, we may be missing some other problems which may need much sophisticated testing, but if we have the facilities and resources to expand, we will be happy to do some more extensive testing and help the people here. It’s a matter of both the timing and the resources.”
Sanjeev explained that many people take their health for granted which can be harmful. “Most of them do physical work; because they are working in the field they think they are fit, and that is where the problem starts…and they do not take care of it until the problem get worse,” he said.
He pointed out that they would like to work closely with the Government to help people here.
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has been associated with the Guyana Medical Watch team for almost 10 years, and Sanjeev indicated that it is heartening to see the impact they have created.
“We see some people come back with the medicine we gave them two years back and say it has worked well for them, so this is a very satisfying experience for us.
He informed that apart from Guyana, they do similar activities in other parts of the world, including India, where they assist young females.
“Our company’s goal is to deliver good quality health care all over the world. We have very high standards of manufacturing, and there are certain countries like Guyana that give us an opportunity to reach out to people who may not be able to afford some of the medications,” he related.
Sanjeev stated that he is happy to be part of the clinic and expressed gratitude to the volunteers.
At yesterday’s clinic, 252 adults and 59 children received treatment while 105 did extractions.
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