Kaieteur News – I suffered serious ailments recently and with my personal budget I had to travel to Georgetown Public Hospital. First I picked up a terrible eye infection. I went to Dr. Sugrim at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and I was successfully treated.
Both of my knees ran out of their functions and I was treated yesterday at GPHC. Orthopedic surgeons Drs. Samaroo and Watson went out of their way to see I received superb treatment. I encountered Dr. Watson 13 years ago when he treated my nephew for a broken leg at GPHC.
Last week when Ravi Dev entered the studio to be the guest on the Gildarie-Freddie Kissoon Show, we had a pre-show chat and I indicated to him that this country has some globally first-rate medical experts that cut out the need to spend huge amounts on foreign doctors.
For orthopedic surgery, Drs. Samaroo and Watson are very good. For eye treatment, I would recommend Dr. Sugrim before you make unnecessary travel abroad. Dr. Sugrim has treated me three times in the past. He was first introduced to me by Dr. George Norton many, many years ago.
Yesterday, as I waited for the Doctors to treat me, and the ‘millions’ I saw in the waiting rooms, I reflected on our diaspora folks who do not have to spend hours in the queue where they live as we locals do.
There were three reasons why I thought about the diaspora at the Georgetown Hospital yesterday as I waited in the line. First, those three Doctors could earn fantastic sums in foreign countries but they are here in Guyana and I benefited from their patriotic presence in our country.
Secondly, on that very day (yesterday), I had completed and submitted my column early in the morning since I had to leave for the hospital. And the column was on a group of diaspora folks who signed a letter in the newspapers advocating the cessation of operations in the oil and gas industry.
Thirdly, I sat in that line thinking about what Dr. Randy Persaud told me (see my column yesterday) about those foreign Guyanese who write in the press all the time but tell him all the time, that they are never coming back.
After I was treated, I was angry with that letter and its signatures. I received yesterday two injections, one in each knee, of a drug that is available at ANSA-McAl for $40, 000 for each. Do not accept my word; go to ANSA-McAl and find out how much synvisc costs.
If we stop gas and oil operation, then please tell me where I am going to get $80, 000 every six weeks for my knees when GPHC may not bring in the drug any longer, because of no income the Government earns from exports from its industries. Drs. Samaroo and Watson told me I have to receive the injections every six weeks,
I have been accused of being in the pay of the PPP. I may take up a future paycheck from the PPP after learning that for the rest of my life I have to find $80, 000 every six weeks if there is no GPHC.
So I left GPHC at midday, went home and had breakfast and checked world news. There was Jay Leno in the news posing with the nurses that took care of him after he suffered serious burns on his face. Look at the face of Leno outside the Grossman Burn Centre. You would not believe he had serious facial burns. He had top class treatment that is available to those Guyanese that Dr. Persaud told me are not coming back, but want us to stop oil operations here. Please see my column yesterday for a list of those diaspora folks.
I was losing my sight in 1999 and it was my editor at the Catholic Standard, Father Andrew Morrison that rushed me to the Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital in Miami after Trinidad eye Doctors told me they did not have the facilities.
I could have gone blind in 1999 because I was not a diaspora Guyanese who had the best medical treatment available to him in the US. But those folks who are getting constant press coverage and who aren’t coming back, according to Dr. Persaud, have the best the developed world has to offer. This is the point I have been emphasizing in my entire life in Guyana. The Minister of Natural Resources, put it beautifully last week. He said that Guyana should be for those who stayed, endured the lack of civilization, and have a modern Guyana available now.
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