By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Conference of Seventh – Day Adventist Memorial Hospital (DMH) celebrated their 60th Anniversary today (November, 16) which coincided with the opening of its Dental Clinic and the launch of Dr. Oliver Pogue’s Memorial Charity Fund.
The new dental facility consists of three treatment rooms, two of which have been specifically designed for treatment and one for hygiene services. Two dentists will operate the clinic.
The Dr. Pogue Memorial Charity Fund will be used to support the DMH’s community outreach work and the less fortunate members not only from the local Seventh-day Adventist but other communities.
The late Dr. Pogue’s family launched the Charity Fund and donated $1M. Donations rained in at the launch today by President Donald Ramotar and many others from the Church.
The Hospital also received some 200 dental kits from two overseas Universities.
Chief Executive Officer of the DMH, Beverly Braithwaite – Chand while sharing a brief history of the health institution explained that a Medical Missionary which was led by Dr. E.C Duerksen quickly gave birth to Davis Memorial Hospital under the leadership of the late Dr. Oliver Pogue over 60 years ago.
“To commemorate this very special event, sixty years later, the Guyana Conference of Seventh-day Adventist under the astute leadership of the President, Pastor Avert James, together with the Administration and staff of Davis Memorial Hospital under the present leadership, we will be celebrating this event in a very marked way.”
The celebrations included Dental Outreaches for children between ages of 5-10 years who were born at the DMH, and Special Sabbath Service and Symposium which focused on topics such as abortion, HIV and caring for the infected.
She also announced that special dental promotions will be held throughout the month of November and outreaches will be conducted in schools and communities.
Meanwhile, President Ramotar officially opened the Clinic and delivered the feature address, during which he recalled the memories of his childhood days that the hospital.
He committed further support from Government to the health institution and called for more emphasis to be placed on oral care since lack of attention could lead to other health issues, adding that the private institution and the Government are in sync with additional investment into the social and health sectors of the country.
“The most important factor for development is the quality of people you have in your country and there is no better way than investing in education, health and housing,” the President said.