8th of February, 2021. Region 6, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: February 8, 2021 at 13:54 pm
I feel obligated, as a citizen of this country and as a resident of Berbice, to pen these few lines regarding the lack of necessary services in this beautiful county. We in Berbice feel left out of all the grand developments that have been taking place in the other two counties (thank goodness Essequibo is finally getting a piece of the pie), and kindly request those with the authority to finally put our needs in your plans.
Our requests are quite simple, we wish for the “Decentralization” of major government offices to finally be made a reality rather than just a promise. Respected Editor, putting it bluntly, persons have died due to the lack of medical services in our regional hospitals. Do not get me wrong Editor, I know we have the basics, but when it comes to intensive care for an ailment, the sick must travel for at least one and a half hours to get it. I am sure that the lives of Berbicians are just as important as our comrades in the city, wouldn’t you agree?
We must travel, spending thousands of dollars just to get medical attention from the experts, who are mostly stationed at GPHC. If we require intensive care in cardiology, neurology, hematology, radiation oncology etc. we, who lack the funds to seek private attention, need to travel to Georgetown. By the time some of these patients in critical conditions get there, they are “DEAD!”
Another service that is lacking in this County is that provided by the Guyana Revenue Authority. Do not get me wrong. We are happy with the small number of services offered by this agency here, however, with the evolution of technology, are there no qualified persons who can use the equipment used in the central office here in our county, to provide us with all the services available there? Imagine how much money is spent to get vehicular paperwork done daily. Think about how much money and job time can be saved if the working class can conduct all their revenue business right here in their region.
There are so many more services that can be made available here in Berbice that I can mention, but out of respect for your time I will not mention all here. I close by saying this: we the residents of Berbice deserve just as much as anyone else in this country. After all, every life is valued the same, wouldn’t you agree?
Naressa Drijodhan (Hopeful resident of Berbice).
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