St. Lawrence Health Outpost providing primary healthcare for the community at its best

THE St. Lawrence Health Outpost is small in size, but the work done is much larger and it is managed by Community Health Worker, Sara Seegulan, who takes pride in serving her community.

St. Lawrence Health Outpost provides primary health care and conducts school programmes to enlighten children about their general health.

Some of the services offered include family planning, chronic diseases clinic, vaccinations, dentistry, dressings, sutures, ante-natal and children’s clinic.

Seegulan has been at the job for the past five years, and she has been enjoying it because she likes what she does.

From a young age, it was within her being to pursue a career as a medical professional and she believes in giving back to the community.

The 27-year-old told the Pepperpot Magazine that she came from a single-parent family home of four siblings.

She reported that most of the cases they see include seasonal illnesses, and chronic disease is the largest clinic.

On every fourth Friday of the month a doctor and the Dentist would visit.

Seegulan, a clinic attendant, and two part-time workers manage the health outpost.

Taramattie Tulsiedass, the Clinic Attendant
Meanwhile, Clinic Attendant, Tarmattie Tulsiedass, is from Present Hope Village, East Bank Essequibo and she is the mother of four, including two adopted children.

The 32-year-old stated that she has been on the job for the past three years, and it has been fulfilling so far.

“I like serving the community, I assist in whatever way is needed to lighten the work and I am happy to be working,” she said.

St. Lawrence Health Outpost was constructed in 1996, but over the years, renovations were done but the building has a waiting area with a shed, washroom facilities outside the actual edifice, a doctor’s room, a health corner, the triage area and the pharmacy.

It is a clean and well-kept facility; the employees are polite and don’t waste your time with a long waiting period.

Satyadevi Soohram
Satyadevi Soohram is a Hubu Dam resident and the mother of one and a housewife married to Kevin Ramrattan, a taxi driver.

The 20-year-old reported that she has been living at the location for the past five years and it is a quiet place.

She is from Lanaballi, Essequibo River and likes the area due to the convenience of being near Parika, a central hub for shopping.

They have their own house, which was completed a few years ago.

Navendra Sookram
Navendra Sookram is a resident of Hubu Dam and has been occupying a plot for the past five years.

The 30-year-old stated that working within the area is a great relief and saves him time and money and he would like to be able to do that as long as possible since he has eight children.

He is originally from Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo but settled at Hubu after marriage because he could no longer afford rent with that many children to provide for.

Sookram told the Pepperpot Magazine that he does construction in the form of carpentry and masonry, and he is a licensed fisherman who would make a fishing expedition every now and again.

He lives in the last house on the reserve but doesn’t mind at all because that is his home and it is not much, but he is comfortable.

“I would try my best every day to ensure I earn to provide adequately for my wife and eight children, doing many jobs at the same time,” he said.

The 30-year-old said he would always keep his surroundings clean and tidy.

“If they break my house to move me, there is no other place for us to go and I don’t have money to relocate,” Sookram explained.

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