On Tuesday, Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony received a donation of sporting equipment, games and personal hygiene supplies in an effort to expand the school health clubs in Regions One (Barima-Waini) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) along with services offered at Health Centres.
The donations were presented by Mr Nicolas Pron, UNICEF Representative, Guyana and Suriname and H.E Mark Berman, High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana.
During his brief remarks, Minister Dr Frank Anthony expressed his appreciation to the organisations for their continued support towards the Ministry of Health. He explained that the donated supplies will help to encourage and reinforce health clubs within schools across Guyana, where students will be able to interact with each other on health related aspects that are taught in classrooms.
He also highlighted very soon the Ministry will be launching a School Screening Programme, which will see students being screened at critical points in their school year, for dental health care, eye care, hearing loss and other health issues.
UNICEF Representative, Mr Nicolas Pron said that the donations will benefit over 10,000 adolescents across Guyana, while promoting a healthy learning environment.
He stated, that with today’s observance of International Day of the Girl Child, the union will continue to focus on implementing more projects that will help to promote a healthy environment for girls especially.
H.E Mark Berman, High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana, during his brief remarks, explained that the collaborative project seeks to promote a safe and healthy learning environment and lifestyle among young girls and women. It also seeks to have the secondary school dormitory having access to gender response programmes for healthy lifestyles, in aid to reduce gender based violence and to ensure that the dormatry are safe and healthy. Mr. Berman also said that he is looking forward to seeing the impact of the donated supplies and working with the Ministry of Health
Also present at this morning’s simple handing over ceremony were; Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Ertenisa Hamilton; Coordinator of the Adolescent Unit, Ms. Cilandell Glen and Ms. Elan Gopaul, Canadian High Commission for the day in celebration of International Girls Day, and other officials from the Office of the Canadian High Commission.