Apr 27, 2018 News
Under Dr. Quincy Jones, Regional Health Officer (RHO) attached to the Region Four Democratic Council (RDC), all health centres in the region now have doctors.
Dr. Jones said that he is proud that the Region Four Health Department was able to achieve this.
“We are proud to announce that we are the only region in Guyana that has been able to acquire a doctor for every health centre within the region,” an elated Dr. Jones said.
The region, which has 31 health centres, now has 43 doctors. This, the RHO said, relates to at least one doctor at each health centre.
Dr. Jones said that this is a first in Guyana’s history.
“We are very proud of this, and as the RHO, I am sure that all can imagine my excitement and satisfaction that each and every health centre from Cane Grove on the East Coast, to St. Cuthbert’s Mission, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, has at least one medical doctor there,” he said.
“It simply means that patients can be assured of enhanced medical attention and care from their respective health centres,” he adds.
The RHO said that this achievement means that the workload at the two hospitals in Region Four, Diamond Hospital and the CC Nicolson Hospital will be reduced.
“We are beginning to see that because the health centres have doctors, the workloads at these two hospitals are reducing. People no longer have to go to the hospital for every little thing, they can now access healthcare much faster and in some cases, in a more efficient way from their respective health centre,” he said.
Dr. Jones said that while the Health Department is celebrating this major achievement, he and his team remain thankful for the efforts of the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Pauline Lucas, who he said had led the fight in ensuring that each health centre has doctors.
“When I spoke to the REO [to] pave the way for a doctor to be assigned to every health centre, she didn’t only like the idea but wholeheartedly supported the initiative. She had supported it to the point where she aggressively and consistently fought to have it achieved,” Jones said.
Lucas praised Dr. Jones for this and other notable achievements.
She said that the numerous achievements and successes that are being achieved in the Health Department are because of the cohesiveness and teamwork that the RHO, aided by the Regional Administration has been able to achieve.
“We have an excellent working relationship, and with excellent working relationships come enormous success. So the achievement of having a doctor at every health centre is not only being celebrated by the Regional Health Officer and his team, but by everyone within Region Four as all stand to benefit directly and or indirectly from this,” she said.
The RHO said that having doctors stationed at all 31 health centres in Region Four means that a person from Cane Grove or Mahaica would not have to travel to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) or to any other medical centre to seek medical attention.
“I would like to urge the public to make more use of their respective health centres, as in many cases, the services that they seek at hospitals can be sourced right at their community health centre.” Jones said.
Dr. Jones said that this is part of a more holistic plan to deliver enhanced health care to the people of Region Four.
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