Residents living in the north of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), particularly in the Pomeroon areas, continue to face tremendous economic hardship accessing public oral health services owing to the condition of the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital’s dental department, which is currently out of operation.The department’s unsanitary conditions have forced staff to send patients to Suddie and Anna Regina dental departments.The current condition of the Charity Oscar Joseph dental departmentResidents related that they have to travel long hours and when they reach Suddie, they were often sent away.“When we reach Suddie, we are told that they already reached the amount of patients for the day and as such, we have to come back, I travelled from as far as Wakapao in the Pomeroon River to do an extraction and that is what I was told,” a resident told Guyana Times.Other residents related that they have to incur additional expenses to venture to the Anna Regina Health Centre to access dental services. This poses an extra burden on persons’ pocketbooks.In March 2017, the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital’s dental department was closed as a result of bat and ant infestations. The matter was discussed at the last statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in detail.Head of the Region Two RDC, Devanand Ramdatt said he was not aware that Suddie’s dental department has a “cut off” on the numbers of persons it treated, but he would investigate.Ramdatt said he was, however, concerned about the way a particular contractor was carrying out his job at the Charity facility. He noted that a contract was awarded for works to be done at Suddie and Charity hospitals, but the contractor was moving at a snail’s pace. Ramdatt further said on account of the slothfulness of the contractor, the dental department at the Charity hospital remained out of operation. He stated that the works at the hospitals needed to be sped up so that services could be made available to the people. (Indrawattie Natram)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And as he stood in the gymnasium just before graduation, he shrugged off the accomplishment and said he did it in honor of his mom. “I just wanted to make her proud because I remember when I started kindergarten, she was so happy that day,” Rubly said. “I wanted to go every day and finish this for her.” Rubly was among 162 seniors who walked in Thursday’s commencement ceremony at St. Paul High’s stadium as hundreds of family and friends watched. Also on hand was former St. Paul Principal Robert Gallagher, who was recognized for recently receiving the title of monsignor within the Catholic Church. Principal Frank Laurenzello, valedictorian Elena Sanchez and salutatorian Tanya Mansir spoke at the ceremony. Laurenzello said most of St. Paul’s graduating class would be going on to some form of postsecondary education – and that included Clement Gosch, 18, who recently won a $20,000 scholarship from the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and Industrial League Destiny Fund. “That was such a big help because I wasn’t sure which school I was going to,” Gosch said. “But now I can go to the bigger one, UC Irvine, because of this money.” In his speech, Laurenzello reflected on the graduates’ “busy” senior year. “But you’ve been there for each other when times were tough,” he said. “You’ve made a great impact on the St. Paul family. “You dared to dream, and now that dream is a reality,” he added. “God bless you all.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 06/08: HS Graduates SANTA FE SPRINGS – For most high-schoolers, graduation is a time of farewell, of reflecting on the good and bad experiences of the past four years and looking forward to the adult challenges ahead. But for St. Paul High senior Andy Rubly, his graduation Thursday afternoon meant he could finally take some well-deserved time off. Rubly, 17, hadn’t missed a day of class in his 13 years attending St. Gregory the Great Church School and St. Paul High School.