Doctors for training on detecting microcephaly

Twenty local doctors are expected to undergo training today at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to use ultrasound to detect microcephaly in pregnant women who were exposed to the Zika virus, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

The programme which will run from 8:00am – 4:30pm, will be facilitated by Drs Brendt Schimit, the Equipment Implementation Specialist at RAD-AID International and Gillian Battino, a Director, RAD-AID for Latin America.

Essentially, RAD-AID representatives will seek to engage participants in innovative strategies to support advancement of patient-care in the area.

In picture (from left) are Gillian Battino, Berndt Schmit, Dr William Adu-Krow of PAHO/WHO and Dr Paul Edwards, Director Health Systems and Services also of PAHO/WHO.

In addition to training the more than 20 General Medical Officers (GMOs) and obstetricians, drawn from the country’s 10 Administrative Regions and the GPHC, Schimdt and Battino, who are already in the country, will visit the sites for the CT Machines at the Bartica Regional and New Amsterdam Hospitals. At these locations they will inspect and provide technical assistance and support in the design of permanent housing for these CT machines.

The team is also expected to meet with GPHC executives and Dr. Madan Rambaran, Director, Institute of Health Sciences Education (IHSE) to plan for infrastructure necessary for a residency programme that is scheduled to begin in August this year

A UN-affiliated non-profit organization, RAD-AID has in the past donated two new CT Machines valued at over $88M (US$440,000.00) to the Ministry of Public Health, through Phillips Corporation, USA.

Additionally, they also provide medical imaging (radiology) programmes including the first three-year Radiology Residency training programme in Guyana at the GPHC in collaboration with the University of Guyana.

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