12 Jan

Eye care services envisioned for each region

first_imgMahdia Regional Hospital is expected to have an established eye care facility as the Public Health Ministry aims to expand the service beyond one region. The plan is to place optometrists at all district hospitals and Regional hospitals by 2020.According to the Director of Regional and Clinical Services of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Kay Shako, this is being done to ensure a wide range of specialised services are available to all Guyanese. She made this disclosure as she accompanied the Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to a community meeting in Princeville, Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni).An eye care specialist from the Cuban Medical Brigade in Guyana advises a resident of Waipa, Region Eight during a medical outreachDr Shako explained that while ophthalmologists work in Guyana, they are a rare speciality. However, as there are more qualified optometrists in the country, they can be deployed to various regions. An Ophthalmologist is a doctor who is concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. The optometrist, however, is an eye care specialist who examines eyes for both vision and health deficiency.“The new direction now is to have an optometrist… We would have examined every region, so the optometrists are the medical eye specialists so to speak. They examine the eye, determine the diseases, and they can order treatment for you. This will work in the primary health care setting,” the Director said.Dr Shako informed the Region 8 residents that optometrists have already been placed at some hospitals. She assured that specialised services at the hospitals in their region will soon be a reality.“Optometrists were placed in some of our hospitals already so we will get it done between the last quarter of this year or next year you are going to be having an optometrist here in Region 8”.Regional Health Officer for Potaro-Siparuni Dr Chrissundra Abdool said the persons who required specialised services (eye care, dental) are those who mostly reside in far-flung communities. She pledged to work closely with the Public Health Ministry to have these services established.“We have other basic services available, but here in Region 8, eye care services are needed… We need to focus on those persons in the far-flung communities, they are the persons who need our help the most. So, my vision is to ensure we get there by setting up services, one at a time”.Even as the Ministry works to bridge the gap in healthcare by establishing these services, specialised outreach teams are deployed to communities that are not easily accessed. This is done to ensure that the persons living in these areas benefit from quality health care. The specialist doctors that are on these team make timely diagnoses in most cases saving lives.For this year, specialists have been deployed to Waipa and Karisparu in Region 8, where approximately 500 residents were able to access the specialised services brought to them. The services included dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and general medicine.last_img read more

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29 Aug

Tan France If I were Caucasian coming out would have been easier

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Queer Eye’s fashion expert Tan France got real about being a gay person of color in a new interview. France represents underrepresented LGBTI people | Photo: YouTube/ELLE GAYSTARNEWS- While speaking with the ShortList, France spoke about a variety of subjects, including racism and living in Utah.France was born and raised in England to Pakistani parents. He now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his husband, Rob France.In the interview, he calls Salt Like City ‘one of the whitest states in the US’ and therefore ‘a little backwards’. Despite this, he loves it.‘It’s my favourite place on Earth. The people are really good people – they’re very sweet – and I get to represent so many versions of myself,’ he said.‘That helps me push an agenda a little and spread the word. They get to meet a brown person and I can address misconceptions about the LGBTQ community.’Navigating multiple identitiesOn the subject of being gay, a person of color, and Muslim, France believes coming out would have been easier if he were white.‘I have to battle so many issues, and the biggest is racism,’ he eplained.His inclusion on Queer Eye can help people of color in the LGBTI community who don’t always have the same privileges as white people. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tan-france-caucasian-coming-out-easier/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Surprise! Netflix releases mini episode of Queer Eye in Yass, Australia Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Queer Eye’s Fab Five take friendships tests and make all our hearts soar ‘Being ‘out and proud’ can feel like a real luxury of Western culture, where people are often white and see existing white gay people in their culture,’ he said.‘They see themselves reflected, so they feel a sense of acceptance. That’s a kind of privilege people don’t know they possess.’Ultimately, France doesn’t believe there’s any ‘right’ way to be gay or come out, and wants people to see him fully.‘My sexuality and being a person of colour are both secondary to who I am as a person. I want people to understand way more about me than the fact I like to sleep with my husband.’More from Gay Star NewsSkyler Jay opens up about his feelings on Queer Eye’s trans makeover episodelast_img read more

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