Eighty doctors who recently graduated from scholarship programmes in Cuba and China are undergoing two days of training organised by the Ministry of Public Health. The training aims to equip the doctors with knowledge of the programmes supported by the ministry, GINA said.
At the end of the training, the doctors are expected to commence work at hospitals within the regions where they reside. This will be for a period of eighteen months.
Thereafter the practicing Government Medical Officers (GMOs) will be rotated to work in different environments such as health centres and health post throughout Guyana, including those in hinterland regions, GINA said.
Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, who addressed the doctors at the start of the training said, “during the next two days you will learn of the many programs being undertaken within the various departments of the ministry and as a consequence you will have a very lucid understanding of the very high expectations required of each of you.”
The minister reminded the doctors that they are no longer in a classroom setting and are expected to showcase the knowledge and skills acquired while studying for the past six years, striving to continually revive and brighten their areas and place of work.
Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, charged them to provide service of an exceptional quality. “Being in the medical fraternity, studying in the same country, should pit us to a good relationship in our efforts to develop quality healthcare to the Guyanese nation and to continue and increase that quality,” Norton said.
Over the last ten years, Cuba has trained more than 700 Guyanese Doctors who return to serve in the health sector for a period of five years. Many move on to specialise in areas such as obstetrics, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology and orthopedics.