By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Jevon Stephens has been “earmarked” to occupy the post of Regional Health Officer (RHO) for Region Six; however his selection is not sitting well with some persons who have described him as “unqualified for the job.”
An iNews source revealed that Stephens has been acting in a management capacity at the New Amsterdam Hospital since the Regional Health Authority was disbanded by the government.
iNews spoke to Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton who explained that the Administration need persons who are vibrant and willing to get the job done.
It was Dr Norton who revealed that Stephens is earmarked to be the “Regional Health Officer,” for Region Six. The Health Minister pointed out that if one were to follow the statutes governing such appointments, there would hardly be anyone willing to do the job of the Regional Health Officer.
He said that most of the qualified persons that take up such jobs do a lackluster performance and just go through the motions of holding the post.
“The problem in the Region Six area is that we have to put people who we know will do the work; who will go and make certain that hospital and health huts and health centres are visited right up the Orealla-Siparuta area, right down the Berbice river and around the coast,” Norton told iNews.
“If we wait for qualification we will not be able to fill any of the health posts,” said Norton who added that if the statutes were followed, the Regional Health Officer for Region 7 and the Director of Health Services may be jobless.