August 28, 2016

Public Health Minister disappointed that relatives approached media first

Unconscious Lethem mother

… says Ministry will be looking into matter

By Renella Bourne

In wake of the ailing mother of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) who underwent gall stone surgery and never regained consciousness, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton expressed his disappointment over patients who prefer to reach out to media houses to relate their situations rather than disclosing their health matters to the Public Health Ministry.
Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dr Norton disclosed that the Ministry is not aware of the pending health situation of the Lethem mother, Thelma Rebeiro.

By Renella Bourne  In wake of the ailing  mother of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) who underwent gall stone surgery and never regained consciousness, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton expressed his disappointment over patients who prefer to reach out to media houses to relate their situations rather than disclosing their health matters to the Public Health Ministry.  Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dr Norton disclosed that the Ministry is not aware of the pending health situation of the Lethem mother, Thelma Rebeiro. “I was not aware of anything of that sort, I only became aware of the situation when I read the newspapers, but it is surprising to know that these patients would go and tell the media houses everything and would not bother to inform me or my Ministry; however I do commend the media for highlighting the issues.” Dr Norton continued, “I have been in Lethem only a week or two ago in many of the villages because I am concerned with what is happening in these places and none of the relatives made any effort to contact me on this matter.  All of the information I have seen in the newspaper, I would have liked to receive that from the relatives directly. The Ministry is always helping people; we provide millions directly to patients’ welfare in the health sector.” He assured that he will look into Rebeiro’s condition and determine what assistance can be rendered, but did not give a commitment until all the details were available to the Ministry. Thelma Rebeiro is in a critical state, and the situation is worrying her relatives. Her condition was first highlighted by Guyana Times on Tuesday after relatives, who are unable to provide a solution to her breakdown of health, spoke with the media. The woman’s condition has even caused her husband to be in and out of hospital, as his blood pressure has been soaring since her illness. According to relatives, Rebeiro had first undergone surgery at the Lethem Hospital after she was diagnosed with gall stones. However, they said that something went wrong during the surgery, and as such Rebeiro was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Four days later, another operation was conducted. However, since that operation, the woman has spent a number of days in hospital and has not regained consciousness. In fact, according to family members, they were told by doctors that there was nothing more that they could do for her. The family said Rebeiro was later discharged from the hospital, still in an unconscious state. The family said that they are at loss as to their next move.

By Renella Bourne
In wake of the ailing mother of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) who underwent gall stone surgery and never regained consciousness, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton expressed his disappointment over patients who prefer to reach out to media houses to relate their situations rather than disclosing their health matters to the Public Health Ministry.
Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dr Norton disclosed that the Ministry is not aware of the pending health situation of the Lethem mother, Thelma Rebeiro.
“I was not aware of anything of that sort, I only became aware of the situation when I read the newspapers, but it is surprising to know that these patients would go and tell the media houses everything and would not bother to inform me or my Ministry; however I do commend the media for highlighting the issues.”
Dr Norton continued, “I have been in Lethem only a week or two ago in many of the villages because I am concerned with what is happening in these places and none of the relatives made any effort to contact me on this matter. All of the information I have seen in the newspaper, I would have liked to receive that from the relatives directly. The Ministry is always helping people; we provide millions directly to patients’ welfare in the health sector.”
He assured that he will look into Rebeiro’s condition and determine what assistance can be rendered, but did not give a commitment until all the details were available to the Ministry.
Thelma Rebeiro is in a critical state, and the situation is worrying her relatives. Her condition was first highlighted by Guyana Times on Tuesday after relatives, who are unable to provide a solution to her breakdown of health, spoke with the media.
The woman’s condition has even caused her husband to be in and out of hospital, as his blood pressure has been soaring since her illness.
According to relatives, Rebeiro had first undergone surgery at the Lethem Hospital after she was diagnosed with gall stones. However, they said that something went wrong during the surgery, and as such Rebeiro was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Four days later, another operation was conducted. However, since that operation, the woman has spent a number of days in hospital and has not regained consciousness. In fact, according to family members, they were told by doctors that there was nothing more that they could do for her.
The family said Rebeiro was later discharged from the hospital, still in an unconscious state. The family said that they are at loss as to their next move.

“I was not aware of anything of that sort, I only became aware of the situation when I read the newspapers, but it is surprising to know that these patients would go and tell the media houses everything and would not bother to inform me or my Ministry; however I do commend the media for highlighting the issues.”
Dr Norton continued, “I have been in Lethem only a week or two ago in many of the villages because I am concerned with what is happening in these places and none of the relatives made any effort to contact me on this matter. All of the information I have seen in the newspaper, I would have liked to receive that from the relatives directly. The Ministry is always helping people; we provide millions directly to patients’ welfare in the health sector.”
He assured that he will look into Rebeiro’s condition and determine what assistance can be rendered, but did not give a commitment until all the details were available to the Ministry.
Thelma Rebeiro is in a critical state, and the situation is worrying her relatives. Her condition was first highlighted by Guyana Times on Tuesday after relatives, who are unable to provide a solution to her breakdown of health, spoke with the media.
The woman’s condition has even caused her husband to be in and out of hospital, as his blood pressure has been soaring since her illness.
According to relatives, Rebeiro had first undergone surgery at the Lethem Hospital after she was diagnosed with gall stones. However, they said that something went wrong during the surgery, and as such Rebeiro was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Four days later, another operation was conducted. However, since that operation, the woman has spent a number of days in hospital and has not regained consciousness. In fact, according to family members, they were told by doctors that there was nothing more that they could do for her.
The family said Rebeiro was later discharged from the hospital, still in an unconscious state. The family said that they are at loss as to their next move.