Mahaicony hospital ultrasound services upgraded

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Dr. Alesha Bulkan, ultrasound specialist at the Mahaicony Hospital, receiving the modern ultrasound equipment from Chief Operations Officer of the GMR, Sharir Chan

THE US-based non-profit organization Guyana Medical Relief (GMR) Inc. has donated to the Mahaicony Hospital in Region 5 a brand new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, valued at $2M.This vital medical equipment will obviate the necessity for patients to travel to Georgetown to obtain a wide range of ultrasound services. Prior to the receipt of this donation, the hospital had one machine, and it was capable of performing only basic readings.

The new machine was handed over to the Hospital by Chief Operations Officer Sharir Chan on behalf of GMR Inc., and was received by Ultrasound Specialist Dr Alesha Bulkan.

In expressing gratitude on behalf of the hospital, Dr Bulkan said the cost savings would be great to most persons needing specialized ultrasound services, especially those living on the upper East Coast of Demerara and in West Berbice.

They wouldn’t have to travel to Georgetown to get help anymore,” she said.

The GMR, Chan said, is a 32-year-old non-profit organization of overseas-based Guyanese headquartered in Los Angeles, California. He said the organization has, since 1984, shipped and donated more than US$60M worth of medicines and medical supplies to various hospitals and health centres in Guyana, at no cost to these institutions.

It has also constructed, free of cost, clinics for Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) testing of females for cancer at Mahaicony, Bartica and Charity hospitals; gutted out and upgraded the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit at the Port Mourant Hospital; upgraded the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Linden Hospital; and built medical storage bonds at the Mahaicony Hospital and the Port Mourant Health Centre, also free of cost to these institutions.

GMR has also procured and donated children’s shoes, mainly to assist the underserved areas of the interior; provided thousands of pairs of shoes to school children in the interior, and additionally along the coast.