The Cardiology Department at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) was boosted with the donation of a spanking new ECG Machine, made possible by the Rotary Club of Georgetown and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI).
At the simple presentation ceremony on Monday at GPHC, Rotary President, Ramona Singh, explained that in May, 2019, the Rotary Club of Georgetown, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rotary Club of Old’s in Calgary, Canada, successfully applied for a global grant from the Rotary Foundation to support the Guyana Project for the Advancement for Cardiac Care (GPACC) at GPHC.
The goal of that project is to advance cardiac care for adults and children in a sustainable way and build capacity in the public health system in Guyana.
She said that in 2020, the Club received word that the hospital was in need of a specific ECG Machine and was happy to lend assistance.
“So we undertook to source a Mindray Beneheart R12 Electrocardiograph Machine,” Singh said.
GBTI then came on board with a matching contribution of US$2,500, leading to the purchase of the machine.
“Rotary as an organisation believes that good health care is everyone’s right. Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. This is why treating and preventing disease is so important to us,” the Rotary President related.
“The Rotary Club of Georgetown for many years have made several contributions and donations to the hospital as we continually lead efforts to help advance our cause of disease prevention and treatment. We are certain that the donation will allow the hospital to continually provide critical medical care and overall achieve the goals set out in the GPACC Programme.”
GPHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Brigadier (ret’d) George A. Lewis, remarked that the donation is significant as it showcases the efforts of the private sector in improving the delivery of health care at the hospital and the country at large.
He said, “The addition of these machines will certainly improve cardiac care for the Georgetown Public Hospital.”
Meanwhile, GBTI’s Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Pamela Binda, in her remarks, said the Bank was happy to lend a hand in supporting the delivery of healthcare of Guyana and pledged its continued support.