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By Sharmain CornetteWith the availability of a Bachelor of Science Degree Programme in Rehabilitation Service, the Ministry of Health, and by extension, the various Rehabilitation Centres and Community Based Rehabilitation Programmes, are likely to benefit from the skills of local experts. The Rehabilitation programme which became a reality through collaboration between the Health Ministry and the University of Guyana will shortly be offered at the Turkeyen campus from September, according to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Emanuel Cummings.He revealed that the candidates for this programme will also be able to choose from three areas of specialties – Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. And it is expected that workers already in the health system will take advantage of the programme and be trained to deal with the issues of disabilities, thus paving the way for an improvement in the way health care is delivered to differently-able people.However, the programme will not only cater to improving the services offered to disabled persons, but will also address the need for physiotherapy in the area of sports.“We know there is a need for physiotherapists working with the various sporting organisations and already lots of possible candidates have been indicating their interest in the programme,Clemson Tigers Jerseys,” Dr Cummings disclosed.He said that it was in recognition of the need for rehabilitation service in various sectors of society that measures were put in place for persons to specialise in a variety of therapeutic areas. The Rehabilitation curriculum, he said, is designed in such a way that candidates, after two years of the four-year programme, can opt to choose one area of speciality.“The way we have planned our syllabus here in Health Sciences is that in the first two years of the programmes, most of the courses are core subjects such as Mathematics,Andy Pettitte Astros Jersey, English, Physics and Chemistry. So it will see them in those years, working along with candidates of the Pharmacy and Medical Technology programmes,” Dr Cummings revealed.And while lecturers are already in place for the core subject areas, the Dean divulged that much support will be forthcoming from universities abroad.The introduction of this latest programme at the university “means a whole lot to rehabilitation services in Guyana,” said Director of Rehabilitation Services within the Health Ministry, Ms Barbara Lawrence. According to Lawrence,Carlos Carmona Jersey, the programme has been long in coming.“We have been the driving force behind this programme so this means a lot to us to actually see it come off the ground.” She related that the Ministry of Health has for years offered a Rehabilitation Assistant programme which is a middle level course. So in order to acquire the few professionals currently in the system, training at the professional level had to be sought overseas.And once persons are trained in the field of rehabilitation, Lawrence revealed that it is a very difficult task to retain them, as the skills they possess are very marketable. “Persons with this kind of training are in great demand. So we are hoping that with a local programme we will be able to retain more of them.”She said that at the moment there are a few local physiotherapists who are assisted by Rehabilitation Assistants who are versed in merely the basic methods of intervention. A total of seven Physiotherapists who were trained through the Guyana/Cuba scholarship, returned just last year,Paul Krause Vikings Throwback Jersey, and have to some extent boosted the delivery of service. They were dispatched to areas in Regions two, six, nine and 10. There are,Caleb Sturgis Eagles Jersey, however, no local Occupational or Speech Therapists within the system, Lawrence lamented. She related that the Ministry has had to recruit persons through Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) to fill those capacities.And in recognition of the need for trained personnel, Lawrence speculated that some personnel within the health system could benefit from the programme through scholarships provided by the Ministry of Health.“It could be a very good idea for us to assist some persons,Tomas Plekanec Canadiens Jersey, especially those in the Regions, to access the university programme…” Enough trained personnel, she said, will undoubtedly allow the Ministry to sustain expanded full-fledged rehabilitation services countrywide.
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