Dialysis Centre to provide wider range of medical services

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The new and improved Doobay Medical Centre at Annandale, East Coast Demerara is which is widely known for its dialysis treatment, is now equipped with a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, Intensive Care Unit and clinical laboratory.

A release from the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, noted that the Centre has also added more space which will facilitate a research Centre, a pharmacy and an office for the resident doctors.

It was noted that once these additions are completed, the Centre will be able to offer a wider range of services and serve a larger section of the Guyanese population.

According to the release, Cardiovascular Surgeon and founder of Medical Centre, Dr Budhendra Doobay, said that his motivation for starting the Centre was rooted in his desire to provide more affordable health care for persons who needed dialysis.

He indicated that approximately 50 percent of the dialysis patients received a subsidy and did not have to endure the burden of the full cost of their treatment.

First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, some members of the Board of Directors and relatives of patients undergoing care, today, at the Doobay Medical Centre [Ministry of the Presidency photo]
Additionally, Dr Doobay, in sharing his vision for the future of the hospital, said that they were aiming to transform the Centre into a mini hospital.

“We want to do a specialised hospital; do cardiac, neurovascular surgeries and neurosurgery and also whatever money comes, we put it in a little pool and help the dialysis Centre as well,” he was quoted as saying in the Government release.

It was noted that the expansion of the Centre was funded primarily by the Canadian charity organisation, International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), the Beharry Group of Companies, the Doobay Medical Centre board of directors and Mr Sattaur Gaffoor.

The MOTP also spoke with Chairperson for the IDRF Global Monitoring, Winston Kassim explained that his organisation wanted to assist the less privileged sections of the population by subsidising the cost of their treatment.

“In the future, we plan on helping the Doobay Centre here to do prevention work. So rather than [just] treating the patients with the dialysis, we do research in collaboration with McMaster University so that it could prevent the dialysis from happening or the malfunction of the kidney,” he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Mr Kassim also said that he extended an invitation to First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger to tour the facility because of how impressed he was with her humanitarian work across Guyana.

During a brief meeting with the Centre’s executive body, the First Lady advised the team on strategic efforts that they could implement to secure strong partnerships in both the public and private sectors in order to bring the Centre’s vision of providing total care for all, to full fruition.

According to the release, she commended the team for their forward thinking in healthcare and expressed how impressed she was with the ideas that they had presented to her, as well as the improvements made to the hospital.

The Doobay Medical Centre was founded in September of 2011, to provide dialysis services. Since the opening, the Centre has expanded its operations and services to cater to more than 100 patients.

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