Why not a local baby?
Stabroek News
January 30, 2002

Dear Editor,

I visited one of our many pharmacies in the city to purchase a cough syrup for babies. I was presented with a bottle of Tussadryl cold medicine for babies and children which is locally manufactured. I proceeded to read the instructions and also, to satisfy my curiosity, to know where else in the world the formula was manufactured since I noticed this peculiar picture of a baby on the box, don't get me wrong the baby's picture was beautiful!

Given the ethnic climate in Guyana, I can understand the marketing department not wanting to raise any eyebrows by placing the picture of a baby of Indian or African descent on the box, but whatever happened to an Amerindian or Chinese baby or even better, a true Guyanese baby of mixed races?

For a land of such diverse peoples, why should we have a picture of a baby who is not indigenous to this country on the box of a product manufactured here, are we ashamed of our people or is it simply a complex?

I just thought I should ask.

On the other hand, I must commend the company for making such a fine product. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Rhonda Allen