Texas respiratory care students on visit

The team of respiratory care students along with one of the respiratory therapists of the Texas State University (DPI photo)

Texas State University respiratory care students who are in Guyana on a Study Abroad Programme are spending time at several institutions, according to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI).

The five respiratory care students, five mass communications students, and two respiratory therapists were attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GHPC) practising what they have learnt in respiratory care. The team has been working in the Accident and Emergency Unit, the Emergency Intensive Care Unit and the Asthma and Spirometry Unit of the GPHC. Heading the team in Guyana, Professor Sharon Armstead, Respiratory Therapist and Clinical Education Professor at the Texas State University said, with this team’s visit to Guyana, they hope to spark enough interest to have the government move towards instituting such a programme in the country.

“We feel we can add to this health care system as respiratory therapists, our goal is for Guyana to see the value of the respiratory profession and in the not too distant future, develop a respiratory care course at UG (University of Guyana),” Professor Armstead said.

The Texas State University at which Professor Armstead lectures, offers a four-year degree programme in respiratory care. Students in this course will learn general practice, with two years to focus on specialising in Pulmonary Care. After that, 1,000 clinical hours are dedicated to the career path of respiratory care.

The team is expected to travel to Linden today, where they will conduct asthma screening at the MacKenzie High School and they will also be attached to the Linden Hospital Complex for a period.

Meanwhile, as their work in Guyana is expected to contribute to the local respiratory care offered, Professor Armstead has indicated that spirometry tools will continually be donated to Guyana through the Bridges Global Medical Mission.

The Professor said, “You can’t diagnose asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) unless you have the tools… we were able to purchase two of the diagnostic tools, the spirometers and we plan to donate that to Guyana… those are the kind of tools (that are needed) and we plan to donate more”.

The mass communications students are a part of the documenting and detailing story of the first respiratory care study abroad programme in Guyana.


Bill Cosby, once beloved ‘America’s Dad,’ convicted of sexual assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa.,  (Reuters) – Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted today of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004, marking the first such conviction of a celebrity since the #MeToo movement that has brought down rich and powerful men for their treatment of women.

Man charged with murder of missing Shonette Savory

A man was earlier today charged with the 2016 murder of Shonette Savory.

Rusal workers hear words of comfort from ministers

With the jobs of over 500 bauxite workers hanging in the balance because of US sanctions against Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, government ministers yesterday flew into Kwakwani to assure them that there will be minimal impact on their lives.

US-based couple gifts $80m for behavioural studies centre at UG

The University of Guyana has signed an agreement with the US-based Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation to refurbish and convert the building that formerly housed the Spicy Dish restaurant into a state-of-the-art behavioural studies and research centre at a cost of US$400,000 or some $80 million.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now