Apr 18, 2018 News
Some 300 residents of Wakenaam, Essequibo Island were on Saturday the beneficiaries of a wide variety of medical services compliments of the newly established Non Governmental Organisation
[NGO], Save A Life [SAL]
The medical outreach is one that was coordinated by Mr. Mohamed Karimbhola who has been at the helm of two such events previously in Wakenaam.
The outreach, according to Karimbhola, utilised the expertise of over 15 doctors, several nurses and other medical professionals offering in excess of 11 services. Among the services offered were those within the fields of Ophthalmology, Optometry, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Infectious Diseases, Paediatric and Dentistry.
“In terms of Dentistry, we are offering cleaning and a bit of filling, VIA [Visual Inspection with Ascetic Acid for the detection of cervical cancer], low vision testing and we are hoping people can benefit from all of our services,” said Karimbhola during Saturday’s outreach.
All of the residents who sought to access the service were eager to express their appreciation to the visiting team which selected them for the wide variety of medical services.
According to Karimbhola, although he was in the forefront of two earlier medical outreaches, he had however conducted over a dozen across Guyana. But he disclosed that through SAL, “our plan is to have one every quarter, but in between we are looking at special intervention and a lower scale outreach, because there are over 43 personnel on this visit.”
The Coordinator spoke of plans to have special intervention outreaches. These, he explained, would entail having outreaches, for instance, in the Mahaicony Creek, attending to young children who are suffering from skin issues and stomach problems.
“We would target them for Paediatric and Medicine services. In that case, we wouldn’t walk with the whole range of skilled doctors,” Karimbhola said.
‘Save a Life’ was launched in January and according to Karimbhola, “this is the first medical outreach for them, and our mission is to continue doing this across Guyana, and hopefully we will select another community that can benefit from this huge intervention. Our principal way of executing our work is based on trustworthiness, skills and ability, treating everybody with respect, and giving them the human dignity that they deserve.”
SAL is a Guyanese registered charitable organization, according to the laws of Guyana, and comprises members of the medical and non-medical profession in communities across Guyana.
Guided by the motto, “We can’t help everyone, but together we all can help someone save a life”, SAL’s mission is to: promote healthcare and well-being through charitable works to all regions of Guyana, providing access and sustained treatment and care; assist needy families and disadvantaged senior citizens in communities; establish alliances with other credible organizations and individuals whose goals are of similar import to SAL and support the works and initiatives of the Ministries of Public Health, and appropriate Ministries, to enhance the delivery of public goods and services in communities.
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