THE Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in collaboration with the University of Ottawa and the Ministry of Health yesterday launched a Family Medicine Residency Training Programme.Seven doctors are currently registered and ready to pursue training for their new career path in Family Medicine.
Family Medicine is a specialty dedicated to provide healthcare for people of all ages. The doctors are therefore trained to become family doctors who specialise in various medical professions. Since Guyana is limited in this area, the GPHC has embraced this programme in order to provide better care for all Guyanese.
The launching event took place at the Herdmanston Lodge amidst a small gathering of doctors and other stakeholders.
Brief remarks were made by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud as well as Director of Health Science Education, Dr. Madan Rambaran.
This is the 8th programme launched by the GPHC, aside from surgical programmes. It accounts for three consecutive years of training which will be led by representatives from the University of Ottawa along with other collaborators.
Given that the majority of the programmes that are launched by the GPHC are aided by Canadians, Dr Rambaran extended his appreciation for their continuing support. He observed that the resources to pursue this training programme were not sufficient locally and therefore GPHC partnered with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as organisations in Canada to establish the programme.
In delivering his remarks, Dr Persaud expressed his excitement for this new programme since it will push the health care service to extreme levels with its goal of providing proper services for Guyanese. He then added that it is rather a “timely development” and one which was eagerly awaited.
By Shivanie Sugrim