The first eye clinic opened in the Caribbean with Cuban medical assistance was recently inaugurated by Guyana’s president Bharrat Jagdeo. In a meeting with a group of Cuban health specialists collaborating with the clinic, the head of state extolled Cuba’s uninterested help, including the training of human resources, which in the Unite States would have cost them around 65 million dollars.
During the meeting, Bharrat Jagdeo highlighted the importance of the assault on the Moncada Garrison as a light of freedom for his nation and for others in the region in their fight for independence.
The eye clinic was opened in Port Mourant, in the region of Berbice, with modern equipment donated by Cuba.
Once surgery services become stable, the center is expected to perform some 10,000 eye operations per year that will benefit Guyanese people and patients from neighboring countries.
Dr. Rody Cervantes Silva, head of the Cuban medical mission in that country said Cuban doctors are working in all 10 regions of Guyana and in four Comprehensive Diagnosis Centers located in Diamond, Suddie, Leonora and Mahaicony.
In all, they provide medical assistance to more than 80 percent of the Guyanese population including those who live in distant places where health services were hardly provided in the past.
Present in the inauguration of the modern clinic were the Guyanese ministers of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues; of Health, Leslie Ramsammy; and Public Services, Jennifer Westford. The business attaché of the Cuban embassy to Guyana, Jorge Rodríguez Fernández, was also present, among other personalities from the two countries.