Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton and GPH staff along with the 5th batch of graduates of the Operating Room Technican Training Programme
The capacity of the health sector has been enhanced by 18 new Operating Room Technicians for hospitals across the country.
The technicians are the fifth batch to graduate from an Operating Room Technician Training Programme held by the Georgetown Public Hospital. The graduation ceremony was held Friday.
The 18 graduands are from GPH, West Demerara Regional Hospital, Davis Memorial Hospital, Georgetown Medical Centre, St Joseph Mercy Hospital, and Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), and 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice).
The training lasted one year during which the graduands underwent rigorous training in areas of Infection Control, Code of Conduct in the Operating Room, Care and Knowledge of Operating Room equipment and instruments, and Confidentiality of patient information.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton told the technicians that they should apply the knowledge and skills gained during their months of training and of preceptorship to the best of their ability. He reminded them that their role is primarily to ensure the efficient functioning of the operating rooms, noting that it should not be taken lightly.
“As Operating Room Technicians, you contribute significantly towards ensuring that patients have the best quality pre- and post-operative care. The support you provide to patients and the assistance you provide to surgeons intraoperatively allows for improved outcomes and overall recovery of patients,” the Minister stated.
Moreover, Dr Norton pointed out that it would be remiss not to stress the importance of honesty in execution of their duties, since dishonesty can cost the life of a patient.
“Honesty is a very important trait in Operating Room technicians who have to maintain confidentiality of patient information. Dishonesty in the Public Health care system will not be tolerated and healthcare professionals will be dealt with condignly if they are found guilty of such,” he warned.
The Public Health Minister noted that the wealth of any nation is its people’s health, therefore, he told the graduands it is of significant importance that they work in tandem with other healthcare workers to ensure the delivery of the best quality of healthcare services.
He also encouraged the technicians to expand their knowledge by grasping other training opportunities in future. The minister outlined that furthering medical education is very important for those in the field since there are always new interventions in medicine.
“It’s something that I advocate for every time I have the opportunity to do so. The Ministry of Public Health has over the years proven its commitment to supporting persons who pursue continuing medical education, through training programmes such as this one,” he stated.
Dr Norton commended GPH’s Medical and Nursing Staff for sustaining this programme over the past five years and training approximately 67 Operating Room Technicians thus far.