Sunday October 28, 2012
Overseas-based group seeks to help reduce ... From page 15 is currently at least one trainer in each of the 26 districts of the state of Gujarat in India. The local project will be closely monitored by the SVN teachers who will be required to keep the overseas experts updated on their findings. They (experts) in turn will pass the information on to the government. “My hope is if the prevalence of hypertension is high that people who have businesses in Guyana will step up and have an automatic machine in their shops or stores for people to come and check their blood pressure. “And we are hoping that the Government will also create more screening programmes for diabetes anywhere and everywhere in the country to help address this problem.” According to Dr. Jindal, while he has over the years been offering the high-end treatment of kidney failure through transplant operations, a critical portion of dealing with this health challenge is prevention. He noted that the most common reasons for kidney failure are diabetes and hypertension, adding that if
Dr. Thakor Patel, at centre, interacts with students of SVN. To his left is Mr. George Subraj, while to his right is another member of the outreach team.
efforts are made to prevent or treat these factors at an early stage, maybe some patients would not have to suffer kidney failure, as well as undergo dialysis and transplantation. With prevention as the main focus, Subraj is optimistic that the problem
of kidney failure in Guyana could be significantly reduced. He lamented the fact that there are already too many young people who are inflicted with ailments such as diabetes and high blood pressure, suggesting that the vicious cycle is already set to
continue if intervening measures are not introduced. Although the programme has been introduced in Region Three, Subraj is hopeful that it will soon be extended to Georgetown as well as the East Coast and even Berbice in the near future, to help quell the
burden on the local health system. Subraj, a former member of the Guyana Watch team, was the major financial player behind the introduction of kidney transplants in Guyana, an undertaking that was done in collaboration with the Government.
This most recent venture has also received endorsement from the Government, through the Ministry of Health, and will certainly not be the last of things to be done to help improve the health situation in Guyana, according to Subraj.