Georgetown, Guyana – Midway Specialty Care Center
MOTI RAMGOPAL MD FACP FIDSA CPI – KAMELA BEMAUL-SUKHU MD – DEV PERSAUD MD – PADMINI SINGH MD OBGYN – RADHA SOOKRAJ MD OBGYN – KALLESHWAR RAMCHARRAN DO – MICHAEL CHIN MD
COVID-19 Antigen Testing Available at Midway Specialty Care Center! We are a Ministry of Health approved Antigen Testing site and all of our testing staff have been trained and certified.
Results are available within 1 hour.
To book an appointment call us at (592)223-2125.
What is a TB (tuberculosis) blood test?
A TB blood test can detect if you have TB germs in your body.
If you had the BCG vaccine in the past, it may cause a positive skin test (Mantoux) although you may not be not infected with the TB bacteria. TB blood test is not affected by the BCG vaccine and will ONLY be “positive” you have TB germs in your body.
When should you have a TB blood? If you have:
What if my TB blood is “positive”?
Latent TB infection:
This means TB germs are “asleep” in your body, but can become active and cause serious TB infection. This phase can last a long time, even for many years without you being sick.
People who have had BCG vaccine still can get latent TB infection and active TB disease.
Active TB disease:
Active TB germs are alive and spreading in your lungs and body causing damage to your tissues. You will feel sick eventually. You can spread TB to other persons by coughing, sneezing, talking or singing.
Our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and pharmacists provide comprehensive care with dignity to those living with an infectious disease, hematological issue, illness, or patients in need of general wellness care. Midway Specialty Care Center’s (MSCC) focus is to treat the whole patient, including a patient’s physical and prescription health care needs. MSCC patients have access to prescription medication management, nutrition services and wellness, acute and chronic care, infusion services, laboratory services, as well as access to treatment and drugs through the clinic’s in-house pharmacy.
Come check us out today at our 125 A Barrack & Parade Streets, Kingston location! We are open Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM and on Saturdays from 9AM-12PM.
For any inquiries you may have, send us a message on Facebook, send us an email at email@example.com OR give us a call at (592) 223-2126
As a young doctor in internal medicine Kamela Bemaul-Sukhu was troubled by the many patients with blood disorders who at times lay in hospital beds for long periods with no real help given to them; this drove her to become specialised and today she is the only hematologist in the country. Dr Bemaul-Sukhu graduated in 2003 and worked as a general practitioner in internal medicine for a number of years at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) as there was no residency programme at the time specialising in internal medicine. Seven years ago, the first residency programme was initiated in internal medicine and infectious disease and all of those on staff for a while entered. After three years of training, she became specialised. A year later she went on to the fellowship in hematology at the McMaster University in Canada. At Midway, Dr Bemaul-Sukhu’s service is outpatient and she has a clinic from Monday to Wednesday where she sees patients with bleeding disorders.
Nurse Barrow is our Nurse at Midway Specialty Care Center- Guyana. She began her nursing career in 1996 at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1999 as the Best Graduating Student. Nurse Barrow was subsequently employed at the Georgetown Public Hospital and the Dialysis Center. She says her nursing career was greatly boosted when she became employed by FXB (Francois Xavier Bagnoud) Center in 2008. The FXB agency was funded by PEPFAR and the program in Guyana was specifically geared at improving the care and treatment of people living with HIV (PLWHIV). Here is where her experience in caring with PLWHIV began. She describes this experience as being transformative and really opening up her perspectives. After the end of the FXB program, Nurse Barrow was employed by the Ministry of Health under the Pre-Cancer Screening Programme to perform Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA)- this project was funded by Johns Hopkins University for countries with low resource settings. In 2012, she decided to further her education and applied to the University of Guyana for the BS Nursing programme. She graduated in 2014. Nurse Barrow is the first Nurse employed by Midway Specialty Care Center, and has grown with our organization from the very beginning. She is an integral part of the MSCCG patient care team.
Fariana Khan is our clinical pharmacist at Midway Specialty Care Center- Guyana. After graduating from high school, she was placed on work study in the pharmacy department at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) which is the country’s largest referral hospital. This is where her interest peaked in Pharmacy. After graduating from Queen’s College, she applied to the University of Guyana to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy. She completed her degree in 2017 and did one year of internship at the GPHC on her journey to becoming a practicing pharmacist. During her internship she rotated through the various pharmacy departments as well as rotating on the wards with the hospital’s doctors to design patient treatment regiments and monitor any adverse effects. While doing her internship, she worked part time at a community pharmacy. After becoming a licensed pharmacist in 2019, she applied to the St.Joseph Mercy Hospital where I worked in both the inpatient and outpatient departments. After her stint at Mercy Hospital, Fariana joined the Midway team. She is the lead pharmacist at the Guyana office and
Debra Blake is the newest member of our Midway Guyana team. She is a University of Guyana trained medical technologist and a certified phlebotomist. She is both skilled and experienced in clinical laboratory science and standards and quality. She values confidentiality, reliability and the patient experience very highly. According to Debra, “I always keep my patient’s best interest at heart!”.
Annastacia or Anna as she is fondly known by patients and our team is our medical receptionist and the first face you will see as you enter the Midway Specialty Care Center Guyana Office. Anna is a certified medical transcriptionist by profession and has many years of experience working in the field of healthcare. She currently handles all of Midway’s patient appointments and follow up scheduling, as well as plays an integral role in the development of our in-house electronic health records (EHR) system.
According to the World Health Organization, the country is in epidemiological transition. The non-communicable diseases are major causes of morbidity and mortality. In 2012, based on the Pan America Health Organization (PAHO) Mortality Data, non-communicable diseases accounted for the first five leading causes of death. Violence and injuries and intentional self-harm also contribute significantly to the mortality rate. There is still a significant burden of communicable diseases. Human Immunodeficiency Virus, influenza and pneumonia were the sixth and ninth leading causes of death respectively in 2012. Data from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) show a reduction in the incidence of malaria and filaria in 2015; however, in 2015 the incidence of HIV was higher than in 2014 and tuberculosis incidence increased from 73/100.000 in 2014 to 75/100,000 in 2015. There is a very successful immunization programme and trained health personnel attend nearly all births. A progress report on the MDGs in 2011 indicated that the following targets had been met: halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger; education, gender equality; reducing the under 5 mortality rate by two-thirds; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; environmental stability and water and sanitation.
See latest data: https://www.paho.org/salud-en-las-americas-2017/?p=2635
HIV Statistics: https://pancap.org/pancap-data/guyana/
The Agency rationalizes public health arrangements in the Region by combining the functions of five Caribbean Regional Health Institutes (RHIs) into a single agency. CARICOM consists of: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.
See Latest country-by-country HIV breakdown: https://pancap.org/data-reports/country-data/
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