The visit to Guyana of Dr Lola Oni OBE, a Specialist Nurse Consultant, took place as planned between 21st September and 2nd October. Sickle cell diseas and thalassaemia are hereditary conditions which can especially affect both of the major racial groups in Guyana.
The purpose of the visit, sponsored by AGNAP, was:
- to increase awareness of these conditions
- to discuss with key officials of the Ministry of Health and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) ways of improving management of these disorders
- to meet executives and members of the GSCTA with the aim of helping it to improve its service and advocacy
Dr Oni made television and radio appearances as well as meeting Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran and other officials of the Ministry of Health and personnel of GPHC. She also gave lectures to doctors and nurses at hospitals in Georgetown and Linden, and to teachers and students at all four of the country's schools of nursing and trainee teachers at the Cyril Potter College of Education at Turkeye.
In keeping with Dr Oni's post-visit recommendations, AGNAP intends to apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship commission for help in the training in the UK of Guyanese healthcare personnel involved in the care of sufferers from these two serious conditions.