Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence says that the Ministry’s Community Health Worker (CHW) programme allows the administration to tap into the human resources from within the respective communities.
She was addressing the graduation ceremony for 25 CHWs on Saturday at the Amerindian Residence in Lethem, Region Nine. The Department of Public Information said that the graduates, from the villages in the five sub-districts in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo area, completed six months of training focused largely on maternal and child health.
“I hope that you understand it is now time for you to give back to your people,” the Minister told the graduates.
Best all-around student, Michael Johnson of Baishaidrun Village said that despite having not completed secondary school, he was chosen by his village leaders to complete the training. He said serving as a CHW is his way of giving back to his community.
Other graduates include Desiree Ayow of Gunns Strip, a village in the remote south of the country.
The training was funded by an Inter-American Development Bank loan.