The Specialty Hospital (SH) will be for all who seek health services at a top quality hospital with facilities, services and equipment. The current political disagreements, objections and snafus through greater expectations for more transparencies, openness and involvements for timely, clear and concise communications, including documentations on its financing, is causing alarm in Guyana and overseas.
Time, for all leaders in Guyana, to place aside partisan politics, and involve Guyanese, politicians, voters, business organizations, NGOs, philanthropists and the Diaspora, to mobilize collective strength, to review, discuss and deliberate the current status, plans, and numbers to move towards more progress, towards finalization.
I read recently that Guyana’s auditor general is actively working on their audit and their report is expected shortly, for parliamentary, public and interested persons’ security. With all due respect, most contracts will contain known and unknown items, which will need discussions, deliberations, and compromises, for solutions, and I am sure this will apply to the SH contracts.
Three sides to each story: “Your side, my side and the truth”
This project is the vision, conceptualization and contract signing with the His Excellency President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo’s administration, with a majority government. From the November 2011 general elections, a new political dispensation of a one-seat opposition parties’ majority now exists. This will require deliberations, involvements and consultations, to secure this transformational medical development in Guyana.
Seven key metrics, facts and pillars are
The SH is not a project for the ruling party government... it is for all.
Globally, government’s responsibilities are to provide, security with low crime, health, housing, adequate food, general well being, opportunities for human development, and an attractive investment climate, to enable add value production, massive jobs creations, and economic development.
Government leaders will need to be more open with the construction, financial and operational details, subject to the confidentially contractual agreements.
Guyanese earned, deserve, and should enjoy adequate health care with the latest equipment, skilled global medical professionals, and administrators with the provision of comprehensive health care in their homeland, Guyana.
There is distrust, miscommunication and fear for the SH, so a strong encouragement for the management, leadership and construction teams to reconfigure, regroup and reenergize all, to attain trust, support, and high expectations for the SH.
A strategic, smart, and well managed SH, with global medical physicians, staffs and administration’s services, has the capacity to attract, CARICOM, MECOSUR, UNASUR, global and the Guyanese Diaspora (non-resident Guyanese) persons, for their quality health care, at competitive prices. This will also generate the need for an expansion in hotels’ accommodations, facilities, and services, to support these medical tourism visitors.
An urgent appeal, plea, and encouragement to all, to rally together, discuss, deliberate, and decide the way forward for the SH.
With all due respect, Guyana’s minister of health, and team, should lead the way, to help minimize the current distrust, tempers and negative opinions relating to the SH. Openness, transparency, and inclusivity, will enable a SH’s financings, construction and a spectacular gala opening day.
All leaders are encouraged to use “servant leadership principles, practices and ethics.” Servant leaders are often seen as humble stewards of their organization's resources: human, financial and physical.
The seven key operational metrics are: vision to establish, team/relationships to foster, plan in full detail, resources to be mobilized, execution will be very critical, evaluation/ continuous improvement to stay current and leadership to start with self.
USA, Canada and European Guyanese retirees, residents and visitors at Madewini Villas at Linden Soesdyke Highway, Windsor Estates at Providence, EBD, and other villages will need adequate, reasonable and comprehensive health care at short notice, if, Guyana is to attract around 100,000 to 300,00 possible Guyanese of retirement age, from the 1 million Guyanese, approximately, in the Diaspora.
Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) 2013, top10, world’s best hospitals for medical tourists, are as follows: www.mtqua.org
1. Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Hamburg, Germany
3. Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
4. Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India
5. Woodridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea
6. Bumrungrad International, Bangkok, Thailand.
7. Anadolu Medical Center, Istanbul, Turkey
8. Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
9. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
10. Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, India
Guyana’s Specialty Hospital (SH) with the potential, promise and possibilities, to join this global elite group for medical tourists.
Global medical tourism is in 22 countries. (www.medical-tourism.com
) Brazil, Colombia, UAE, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Costa Rica, India, Jordan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United States and Australia.
Guyanese voters, business groups, and social organizations, should all lobby their political parties to secure the way forward with discussions, deliberations and satisfactory decisions for the SH to be in operation, for services, well being, and top quality health care, for all.
Three quotes on good health:
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Our bodies are a trust from God and we are accountable for how we look after our health.”- Prophet Muhammad
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”- Proverbs 17:22
Health, housing and education are all pivotal to a great nation for its people, and Guyana should not be an exception to this goal.
We all need to focus to “build up and not to destroy.”
Building up is much more difficult, when compared to destruction. All the struggles, disappointments, and setbacks of the past, will be reduced, minimized, and fade away with the grand opening of the SH, which can be a source of great pride, joys, and happiness for all.
Namaste... Happy Nava-raatri... With its nine nights of celebration, worship, prayer, introspection and scriptural recommitment.
Happy Eid al-Adha to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael
With hope, prayers and blessings for a more peaceful Guyana with all actively working towards “one people, one nation, one destiny.”
Dr Shamir Andrew Ally, MBA, FAIA (UK), DTM
CEO and professor