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If indeed there exists a shortage of pharmaceuticals within the public health sector, Food for the Poor Guyana Incorporated (FFTP) is willing to lend whatever support it can.FFTP’s Wayne Hamilton (left) and Compton Giddings stand in front of one the containers of items for distribution.This assurance was expressed by the organisation’s Field Officer, Mr. Compton Giddings, who noted that FFTP does from time to time have pharmaceuticals for distribution that can be utilised by health facilities.However, this publication understands that some within the public health sector are concerned about the fact that pharmaceuticals offered by FFTP,Deion Sanders Cowboys Throwback Jersey, upon receipt, often only have a remaining shelf-life of about six months.In addressing this perceived dilemma, Giddings said that “we offer six to eight-month dates…we cannot offer (pharmaceuticals) with a year (shelf-life) because donors do not donate anything with a year or year-and-a-half dates. These things take about five weeks to ship here so when we donate we are sure of at least six-month dates,” said Giddings. He however noted that there are occasions when pharmaceuticals with longer shelf-life are donated. He made it clear that FFTP’s support is dependent mainly on international donor support.This publication has been privy to information that some health facilities have refused to accept the pharmaceuticals unless they have, at the minimum,Bart Starr Packers Throwback Jersey, one year remaining shelf-life.  There have, however,Bobby Hull Jersey, been reports that other facilities have happily accepted these to tackle existing shortage.Giddings’ remarks concerning FFTP’s willingness to lend support to the public health sector was solicited yesterday as the organisation prepared to hand over a quantity of supplies to the Linden and Suddie hospitals at its North Ruimveldt headquarters.He, along with FFTP’s Public Relations Officer,Jaden Schwartz Jersey, Mr. Wayne Hamilton, were on site yesterday to hand over the supplies. Each hospital has been afforded supplies contained in a 40-foot container including: hospital beds,Jeremain Lens Netherlands Jersey, medical supplies, furniture/cabinets, stretchers, pillows, commodes, walkers, medical linen, and medical equipment, among others.While some of the donations offered by FFTP are made because of requests  by some health facilities, Giddings explained that there are occasions that the organisation simply informs health facilities of what it has available so that they can benefit from supplies on hand. He noted that while the recipients yesterday were the Suddie and Linden hospitals, last week FFTP reached out to Berbice, and there are plans already apace to similarly support hospitals on the East Bank of Demerara and West Coast Demerara.During the latter part of last year, Giddings said that he and Senior FFTP Manager, Mr. Jimeel Davis, visited the Skeldon Hospital and it was found to be wanting in many areas.“To me it wasn’t a hospital; maybe if you wanted to die you’d go there. We found in the maternity ward patients were sleeping on mattresses that had a lot of cuts and so on…we recognised it needed sprucing up.“The foot care centre there was also not in a very good state. So what we did, we donated tiles and paint to refurbish the foot care centre, and it is now patient-friendly.For the maternity ward we gave them beds and a lot of other items that have helped to transform it…the entire hospital is now transformed with input from Food for the Poor,” Giddings related.Just last week, too,Jozy Altidore Toronto Jersey, three containers of items were handed over to the Region Six Regional Health Authority, which according to Giddings, can help to further upgrade the health facility. According to the Field Officer, the Regional Health Authority will be tasked with distributing the items as is seen necessary and can even assist other facilities.FFTP has over the years consistently given support to public health facilities across the country. And according to Giddings, “we have containers that are coming that have been specially earmarked for hospitals…we have a lot of bandages and a lot of gauze that are coming from England and they will be distributed to all of the hospitals.”Giddings, who formerly held a position in the public health sector, is the key link between FFTP and the public health sector targeting mainly hospitals and health centres. He is also tasked with public distribution of other items to vulnerable people countrywide. On Saturday he will be spearheading a food distribution exercise that is expected to reach over 600 families at Red Hill, Timehri. Next week, too, he will be facilitating another such exercise in the Rupununi.
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