The Guyana Solidarity Brigade, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Saturday took its services to Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice where it held a medical outreach.
The outreach, which was held at the Ebenezer Full Gospel Church, Belvedere Public Road began at 10:00h and ended at 16:00h. Over 60 persons from surrounding communities received medical check-ups, including blood pressure and blood sugar testing, and treatment for their ailments. The patients also received medication, which was donated by the Guyana Solidarity Brigade and the Save Abee Foundation, another NGO. The team consisted of 16 volunteers, including the 10 doctors who facilitated the medical consultations.
Guyana Solidarity Brigade President, Dr Jason Ramcharran explained that the goal of the non-profit was to reach out to the underserved and those in need.
The doctors tending to the patients during the medical outreach
“The Guyana Solidarity Brigade aims to reach out and help all those in need…near or far. On Saturday, February 21, we had a food sale as a fundraiser and the following Saturday, we used some of the funds raised to execute the medical outreach to the population of Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice. It was truly an amazing experience, not just rendering medical services but also being able to interact with the people,” he explained. He related that that activity was not the first of its kind for the organisation, nor would it be the last.
“We have lots of other plans for the year, for example, in March we plan to have a series of activities promoting mental and physical health,” he stated, adding “also in capacity of coordinator, I have to express sincere gratitude to Give Foundation, Guyana and Kids Joy Foundation who always support us whenever we have these activities”.
He expressed his appreciation for the young volunteers who gave their time to the initiative and encouraged others to get on board and give back to their communities. “I want to encourage all young people to get involved and let’s work together to help those in need, because in the end we are the ones that benefit the most,” Dr Ramcharran posited.
Dr Levaun Henry, who also participated in the outreach, explained that participating in such outreaches and giving his time and effort to his people was his passion. “Giving back to my fellow Guyanese is a great privilege, and it is something that I’m quite passionate about,” he explained.
He related that he would continue to offer his services and continue to reach out to communities across the country. “I will continue to work so that someday, and hopefully soon, we can not only visit the coastal regions of Guyana but the interior parts as well,” Dr Henry related.
The residents of the community who benefited from the outreach expressed their appreciation to the organisation for the project and their hope that it would not be the last venture of its kind in the community.