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The facility was made possible through what Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy described as "a labour of love". It became a reality through a joint initiative between Plasticos Charities Foundation (a legally registered charity in Canada) and the Georgetown Hospital in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
According to Director of Medical and Professional Services Dr. Madan Rambaran, the Project which will offer specialist care to persons admitted to the institution with burns, was conceptualised about two years ago by Founder/Directors Dr. Timothy Sproule and Mr. Harry Harackh, who held discussions with the Guyana team, and undertook to help set up the unit here.
All fundraising activities were mobilised by Plasticos Charities Foundation, which undertook to help with the acquisition of materials and equipment for the Unit, as well as recruit staff on an ongoing basis. Plasticos will also facilitate the training of personnel to meet the needs of the Unit.
The task of the Georgetown Hospital was to provide space by reconfiguring an area within the Institution to accommodate the Burns Unit. The area selected once housed the Pharmacy within the New Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Unit of the Georgetown Hospital.
Dr. Rambaran said that Plasticos came up with approximately $40,000 Cdn, while the value of the Georgetown Hospital's input amounted to approximately $G5M.
Mr Harackh reported that the response from the Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organisations in Canada was overwhelming.
At Sunday's ceremony, a representative of the Guyanese Pioneer Fundraising Group of Canada, Ms Thelma Tappin, presented a cheque for $2,000 Cdn to Mr. Harackh in support of the venture.
The well attended ceremony brought together senior Government officials, former President Mrs Janet Jagan, representatives of Plasticos Charities Foundation, members of the Diplomatic Corps and staff of the Georgetown Hospital. (SHIRLEY THOMAS)