Skip to main content

Chief Executive Officer of the Texila American University [TAU), Syam Kumar
Chief Executive Officer of the Texila American University (TAU), Syam Kumar

By Vishani Ragobeer

PLANS are underway for the construction of a 150-bed hospital at Providence, on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) as part of the efforts of the Texila American University (TAU) geared at improving education delivery and contributing to the local health sector.

In an interview with the Guyana Chronicle, TAU’s Director Recruitment and Public Relation, Sreebala Kumar, disclosed that the university is planning for the construction of the hospital at the university’s Providence campus.

He explained that the 120,000 square feet university building at the Providence campus was constructed on five acres of land, but the entire landmass was not used. The remaining land, which is just over half of the five acres, is the proposed construction site for the hospital.

This hospital is expected to serve the training needs of the students who are part of the university’s medical and clinical programs, but it will also contribute to the healthcare needs of Guyana.

Chief Executive Officer of the University, Syam Kumar told this publication that currently, the university is “in discussion” with leading healthcare service providers, who are expected to become strategic partners with the university.

“We want strategy partners who will come in and contribute to the healthcare system in Guyana,” the CEO emphasized, adding, “We should have some announcements or some plans in the next few months.”

The TAU was established in 2010 as a medical school with only seven students. Over the past 10 years, the university has grown and now has its own campus at Providence.

Today, some 659 local and foreign students are pursuing programs in medicine, business management, and public health at TAU. The campus is outfitted with modern laboratories and a patient simulation center.

Significant investments have been made by this university in Guyana, and Sreebala Kumar related that the country has always been welcoming to investors. He highlighted the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) as bodies which provided valuable support to TAU.

And the construction of the hospital signals the university’s commitment to Guyana’s development, according to Syam Kumar.

“We invested in Guyana starting from 2010 when Guyana was not as interesting or popular in terms of its economic growth, and we believed in Guyana at that time,” he said. “We started to invest in Guyana and now, we want to be part of Guyana’s growth also.”

The university also offers an oil and gas specialization in its business program, which Syam Kumar said caters to the current need of Guyana, as it develops its human resource potential for the nascent oil and gas industry. He also indicated that public health programs are being offered, due to cognizance of the local public health demand.

“If you look at schools in the history of medical schools in the Caribbean, they are offshore medical schools. Students from all over the world come (there) but from day one our primary goal has been to be part of the Guyana system,” the CEO said, stressing, “We are the Caribbean or a Guyanese university… most students are either from the Caribbean or Guyana.”

https://guyanachronicle.com/20...QRJO9dgaQZc5otvWtIqs

Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

I anticipate GNI will be busy until 2025, under the current administration's first term. We will hear about marginalization, racism, thieving, but most importantly, we will see the continued transformation of Guyana, or what it should have been since 2015, under the Good-Life. Many retirees will go back to Guyana. People feel more confident to visit and spend. I am sure with time, the crime will rate will be worked on. We fought long and hard over Black and Brown politics, it's time Guyanese see the fruits of their labor. I know the sour-pusses will jump in to give praise to a dead horse and condemn the doers. 

@Viper posted:

I anticipate GNI will be busy until 2025, under the current administration's first term. We will hear about marginalization, racism, thieving, but most importantly, we will see the continued transformation of Guyana, or what it should have been since 2015, under the Good-Life. Many retirees will go back to Guyana. People feel more confident to visit and spend. I am sure with time, the crime will rate will be worked on. We fought long and hard over Black and Brown politics, it's time Guyanese see the fruits of their labor. I know the sour-pusses will jump in to give praise to a dead horse and condemn the doers.

Agreed!

Why do people revel in announcements of intended projects?  In the current case a few sycophants are expressing orgasmic delight in an announcement by a "University" of highly questionable quality regarding a hospital of some kind. 

@Totaram posted:

Why do people revel in announcements of intended projects?  In the current case a few sycophants are expressing orgasmic delight in an announcement by a "University" of highly questionable quality regarding a hospital of some kind.

Go lick your wounds.

@Mitwah posted:

Like the New Amsterdam Hospital as a State of the Art stage for the morgue.

The government should improve on medical facilities  they now have, than building new facilities that don't improve ordinary patient's care.

Patients lying on the grass for hours to see a doctor and eye patients from long distances, having to wait for more than a day, with no overnight facilities.

Why is the government so keen in building new facilities, than improving that they now have ?   

@Tola posted:

The government should improve on medical facilities  they now have, than building new facilities that don't improve ordinary patient's care.

Patients lying on the grass for hours to see a doctor and eye patients from long distances, having to wait for more than a day, with no overnight facilities.

Why is the government so keen in building new facilities, than improving that they now have ?   

The first thing that comes to mind is money laundering. Hope the international competent authorities are paying attention.

@Mitwah posted:

The first thing that comes to mind is money laundering. Hope the international competent authorities are paying attention.

This is like "let's frame a man for murder without the kill".   

@Mitwah posted:

The first thing that comes to mind is money laundering. Hope the international competent authorities are paying attention.

The ordinary people struggle to use medical facilities that are now available, but the government  is hell bent in building new ones.  Someone must benefit, cause its definitely not the ordinary folks. 

@Tola posted:

The ordinary people struggle to use medical facilities that are now available, but the government  is hell bent in building new ones.  Someone must benefit, cause its definitely not the ordinary folks.

Absolutely.

Why don't they spend money to improve the services at the current hospitals and health centres around the country?

Look at how dilapidated are the buildings for the Mental Hospital at Fort Canje. Some don't have doors nor windows and the roofs are like a sieve when it rains.

Sometimes it is more expensive to upgrade old buildings than build new ones. Providence does not have a hospital and it makes sense to build one there especially when it will be linked to scientific education.

@Mitwah posted:

Will this new hospital have the facility to help  the Dr. Dr. next time he gets belly wuck so that he does not have to go to Florida for a plug?

I'll arrange for the hospital to get moco moco.

@Ramakant-P posted:

Sometimes it is more expensive to upgrade old buildings than build new ones. Providence does not have a hospital and it makes sense to build one there especially when it will be linked to scientific education.

Jerry Lewis said that he had great success being a total idiot. Are you trying to out do him?

Add Reply

Post

×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×
×