United States-based charity, RAD-AID will be working with the Ministry of Public Health to develop Radiology Services here with the first major step being the introduction of a Radiology Residency Programme in September of this year.
A Ministry of Health release said that team members of the Charity RAD-AID on Monday met with Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton to discuss their plans.
RAD-AID comprises radiologists, technologists, nurses, and others who work in Radiology and are dedicated to improving radiology services in developing countries.
According to the release, Director of RAD-AID Latin America, Dr. Gillian Battino said that the charity’s goal here is to improve radiology services by bringing the country in line with what is available, in order to improve health outcomes.
According to her, the most important step in developing these services is the development of a three-year radiology residency programme in Guyana.
“There are other examples of programmes that are built between a US institution and the Georgetown Public Hospital and we’re mimicking that so there are internal medicines, emergency medicine, obstetrics and now we will add radiology to that so that Guyanese doctors are trained to work in Guyana as radiologists,” she explained.
Dr. Battino said that Guyana needs approximately 80 radiologists to serve the population and three persons will be trained each year during the three-year residency.
“We plan to utilize the educational system in place at the residency programme in the states and to have the residents spend three to six months in the states to get a foundation and then do the rest of the training in Guyana with US physicians coming to Guyana to train,” she said, according to the release.
Dr Battino added that improving the technology available to perform radiology procedures by adding electronic storage for x-rays which will include reporting systems is a major part of their efforts here.
She said that they hope to put a system in place where an X-ray can be obtained in Bartica and read in Georgetown, using the internet.
RAD-AID will also be donating an Ultra sound machine to the Emergency Department at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The Charitay also received four CT scanners from Phillips Corporation and will be handing over two of them to Guyana, with the other two going to Haiti.
The two CT Scanners, which are valued at US$200,000 each, will be placed at the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital in Region 6 (East Berbice/ Corentyne) and the Bartica Regional Hospital in Region 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni).
Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton said he was especially happy about the residency programme since he is a strong advocate for Continuing Medical Education.
Also present at the meeting was Head of the Accident and Emergency Unit at the GPHC, Dr. Zulfikar Bux, who had reached out to the charity, since it was his belief that radiology services here are not as developed as they should be.