Ten new medical doctors have recently commenced working in Region Ten. The young medical practitioners, who were all trained in Cuba, returned to the country last year and did their internships at various hospitals across the country.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) Dr Farouk Riyasat,
said the new doctors will greatly reduce the waiting time for patients, particularly at the Linden Hospital Complex and especially at the Outpatients Department.
Dr Riyasat, who is also the acting Chief Medical Officer at LHC added: “They are able to fill the areas where we were lacking. With this new batch of medical practitioners, all six of the outpatient rooms at the Linden Hospital Complex have trained professionals. Patients will be seen faster.”
The young medical practitioners began their assignments in Region Ten on 2 September. LHC Public Relations Officer Reycia Nedd disclosed that one is stationed at the Kwakwani Hospital, another at the Upper Demerara Hospital at Blueberry Hill, Wismar and the others are attached to the Linden Hospital Complex at Watooka, Mackenzie.
“The doctors were placed in paediatrics, obstetrics and internal medicine,” she said. Nedd also echoed Dr Riyasat that the new doctors will greatly reduce the waiting time for patients, particularly at the Outpatients Department of the Linden Hospital Complex.
She also said: “The doctors are very approachable, probably because they are younger than what we are accustomed to seeing.” She added that other doctors, who recently graduated from Cuba, are expected to be assigned to Region Ten in another few months.
The new medical practitioners include Dr Cerdel McWatt, who hails from Ithaca Village, West Coast Berbice. He has been placed at the Kwakwani Hospital.
Another Berbician, Dr Rondell Collins from Plantation Belle Vue, has been assigned to the LHC Outpatient Department. Collins said he is impressed with the conditions under which he is expected to work and he is looking forward to his stint.
Dr Jarrel Watson is stationed at the Wismar Hospital where he works in infectious diseases and assists with outpatients. He hails from Abary/Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara. He is interested in surgery.
Dr Patricia Low-wai-see is also in the LHC Outpatient Department. Stating that her long term aspiration is to work in internal medicine or paediatrics, this young medical
doctor said she will serve the Linden community to the best of her ability. She hails from Good Hope, Essequibo Coast.
Dr Vijai Persaud, who did his internship at the Suddie Hospital, has been placed in internal medicine. He is from Affiance, Essequibo Coast.
Dr Diana Prasad has been placed in the accident and emergency area. She is from Patentia, West Coast Demerara.
Dr Ashonda Washington, who hails from Calcutta, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara is also in the Outpatients Department. She said she is pleased with her living conditions. Dr Smolana Swan did her internship at the Suddie Hospital. She is impressed that “Guyanese still get the job done in spite of their heavy workload and very little room for error”. According to her, the staff at the LHC and the general population of the town are very nice. She is working in the Gynaecology Department.
Dr Sheneez Peters did her internship at the West Demerara Hospital. She is from Bartica and is in paediatrics. She said she is happy to be working in Linden.
Dr Pooran Outaar will focus on obstetrics and gynaecology at the Linden Hospital Complex. He hails from Bartica.