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With a life expectancy rate that keeps increasing, Guyana, like other countries across the globe, has to pay close attention to a rising elderly population. In fact, according to Dr. Jean Seme Fils Alexandre of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), it is high time that Guyana puts measures in place to adequately cater to the health care needs of its elderly.Dr. Alexandre, who was speaking at recent stakeholders meeting convened by the Ministry of Public Health at Grand Coastal Inn, Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara, said, “it is absolutely imperative that all agencies and organizations plan and develop effective programmes to deal with the rapidly expanding aging population. Part of the PAHO/WHO work plan includes activities aimed at achieving maximum health for the elderly population. We are pleased to observe that the Ministry of Public Health has established a focal unit to deal specifically with elderly health care. PAHO/WHO will continue to support the Ministry of Public Health in its strategies for the elderly population in Guyana”.But Dr. Karen Cummings, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, made it clear that her goal is in fact to provide the best quality health care possible, to all Guyanese. She noted that the elderly, like any other group,nba jerseys discount, are being catered to in the strategic plans of the Ministry, as it continues to reform and enhance its healthcare delivery services.The Minister pointed out, too, that in order to deliver tangible best quality health care to the elderly, there must be trained staff to be able to do so competently.“Health care of the elderly is integrated within the elements of primary health care in Guyana. However, I do believe we need to address, strategically, the provision of appropriate means and facilities of enhancing the training to health care workers operating in the health centres,Supply Cheap Jerseys, so that they can deal competently, efficiently,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, and compassionately with the elderly,Cheap Jerseys China,” the Minister said.Moreover, Minister Cummings asserted that the Ministry is striving to bolster its elderly health care services, pointing out that better efficiency will be derived in identifying health risks and detecting diseases earlier.“Timely intervention and prevention of complications,Wholesale Jerseys, in a multi-disciplinary approach under best quality primary care settings will be the result of establishing best practices in elderly health care services,” the Minister said.Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, who also attended forum, underscored the commitment of the Public Health Ministry to provide holistic health care to all Guyanese, including the elderly. Noting that the elderly population in Guyana has grown over the years and will continue to grow, Dr. Persaud mentioned the need to plan strategically to ensure that adequate provisions are made for the equitable delivery of health care to the elderly.Representatives at the stakeholder meeting included the Ministry of Social Protection, Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Salvation Army, Dharm Shala, Palms Geriatric Home, Archer’s Home, Anglican Diocese of Guyana,Cheap NFL Jerseys, and Rastafarian Council, among others.The event was coordinated by the Public Health Ministry’s Director of Women’s and Elderly Health Unit, Dr. Melissa DeHaarte.It comes at a time when the Ministry is striving to ensure that the quality of Public Health offered in all areas of the health sector is of the best quality. The forum was one that was intended to discuss a strategic way forward in offering quality health care to the elderly in Guyana.The stakeholders’ meeting allowed the Ministry to garner pertinent views from a number of organizations on the most efficient and effective ways to provide excellent, accessible, yet caring health care services to the elderly in Guyana.
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