Suddie Public Hospital needs a resident surgeon

Dear Editor,

About six weeks ago a letter of mine appeared in both the Stabroek and Kaieteur News, in which I mentioned how concerned the residents of Region 2 are, because the Ultrasound machine although operable cannot be put into use because a technician is not available.

Shortly afterwards the Minister of Health Dr Bheri Ramsaran during a call-in programme on RCA Channel 8 made some comments which indicated that he was not happy with the contents of my letter.  I was happy because my letter had definitely served the purpose for which it was intended; a few days later a Medical Images Technician was transferred from Region 3 to Region 2 and from that time to the time of writing this letter numerous persons have benefited from the use of that machine.

I met a young man who is a Cuban trained Guyanese and he is very caring and knowledgeable; the same can be said of some Cuban trained Guyanese doctors also. The staff of the records office is also efficient too, but I was totally surprised when I was told that the Suddie Public Hospital has been without a resident surgeon for more than seven months and that a surgeon would only make one unscheduled visit about once a month.

I trust the Minister would treat this issue with the same degree of urgency that he did the Ultrasound machine, by having a surgeon based at the Suddie Public Hospital in Region Two, a region with a population of more than seventy thousand people.

Yours faithfully,
Arche W Cordis

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