Government to assist children stranded
-willing to foot the outstanding bill
THE GOVERNMENT has expressed its deep concern over the fate of a number of Guyanese children said to be stranded in a Chennai hospital in India because their warden couldn’t meet the hospital bill, and President Jagdeo had instructed that no stone be left unturned in seeing their safe return home.
following is a statement from Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, whom
the President has so instructed, and whom he has charged with the
responsibility of seeing to it that they get here post haste.
Government of Guyana is extremely concerned over the issue of a number of
children being stranded in India over the non-payment for services at the
Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Chennai, India.
Minister of Health, I today spoke with the President of Guyana, His
Excellency Bharat Jagdeo, who expressed deep concern that children have
been taken to India without complete arrangements being made to ensure
their costs have been met.
President has instructed that I take all necessary actions to ensure the
children can return home without further delay, and that the Ministry of
Health must put arrangements in place to prevent another such occurrence.
Government of Guyana is taking immediate steps to ensure that these
children return home without further trauma.
Government of Guyana will meet the outstanding charges to the Hospital, so
that the children and their families would not have to suffer further
humiliation and trauma.
Minister of Health, we request all persons who agree to go with
individuals and organizations in the future to contact us so that we can
verify that all arrangements are in place for such services that they are
Ministry of Health will not support any organization or any individual
with funds to leave Guyana unless they can verify with us that they have
all the remaining funds to complete all arrangements for services in the
countries they are traveling to.
Ministry notes that some of the children stranded in India had made
requests to the Guyana Government for support and received such support.
is the second time that the Ministry of Health has had to pay outstanding
bills for children who have been taken out of the country for medical
attention, even though the Government has provided support for some of the
Government of Guyana provided more than $93M last year for medical
attention not provided in the public health sector in Guyana. Many of the
children and adults who have traveled abroad for medical attention,
including many who have traveled with Kids First Fund, have received
support from Government.
are saddened that some of these organizations seek to present a different
story and give the impression that the Government is not assisting. On the
contrary, significant support for most of the children is provided by
Minister of Health has been in touch with the High Commissioner of Guyana
to India, Mr. Ronald Gajraj, and has requested that he conclude all
arrangements with the hospital to ensure the children return home without
further delay and without any further humiliation. The Government of
Guyana will meet any outstanding financial obligation.
Minister of Health is advising all families who have children in India as
part of the contingent of children who are presently being delayed at the
Frontier Lifeline Hospital to get in touch with the Ministry of Health.
He is assuring all the families that the President and the Government of Guyana will ensure that the children return home immediately.”
Sunday, June 28, 2009