Today, a batch of 34 students from across the ten administrative regions of Guyana graduated from the Ministry of Health’s pharmacy assistant and medical laboratory technician programmes which are being offered through the Division of Health Sciences Education.
The Pharmacy Assistant Training is a pre-service clinical programme that seeks to outfit pharmacy assistants with adequate knowledge, skills and ability to provide technical support to licenced pharmacists while the Laboratory Technician Programme focuses on providing clinical support through accurate and reliable results using the best technology and current methodologies. The training programmes lasted for a period of three years due to the challenges that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his feature address, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo, Director General of the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that plans are being made for the Laboratory Technician and Pharmacy Assistant Training Programmes to be modified and offered in Hinterland areas to meet the needs of residents in the far-flung communities.
“The MOH has been working with the Ministry of Education, Lecturers and other officials to ensure that more training programmes are made available for persons across all Regions of Guyana”, Dr Mahadeo said.
With the necessary skills and knowledge gathered from each programme, the newly equipped graduands will be returning to their respective regions to deliver services at various health facilities.
Meanwhile, Dr Narine Singh, the Chief Medical Officer who was also at the graduation ceremony congratulated the new healthcare workers and encouraged them to commit themselves to selfless and dedicated service as it’s much needed to boost any health care sector.
Also present at the graduation ceremony was Seraiah Validum, Director of the Division of Health Science Education and Deputy Director Ms Chandroutie Persaud,
and other senior officials of the MOH.