The Government has commenced negotiations with the University of the West Indies’ School of Medicine to move its Campus from Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana, President Irfaan Ali has announced.
The UWI School of Medicine falls under the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which also covers Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing.
Speaking at the Commissioning Ceremony of the new Pathology Lab at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Sunday morning, the President said Guyana is building out its Healthcare infrastructure ahead of time, and partnerships such as the one with the University of the West Indies, could boost the country’s Health Care sector.
“Today I am pleased to inform you that the University of the West Indies, School of Medicine has approached us to be part of this vision in bringing their Campus here to Guyana and negotiations and discussions would have commenced,” the President stated.
The President stated that there is a gap in the Health Care sector, which the government is trying to bridge. But in the meantime, he explained, that the focus is to ensure that the Country’s Health Care System becomes an economy by itself and the country be known for Health Tourism.
While the President did not give a timeline for the establishment of School of Medicine here, he said the negotiations are ongoing.
“So we are talking to the University of the West Indies and moving—the possibility of a School of Medicine now to region six, that has the capacity of bringing students from Suriname. But importantly, in the negotiations we are now working on ensuring that the rates are the same for local students in Trinidad and Tobago, so that there will be equity and quality matched together,” the President stated.
Additionally, the President announced that the Government is working with Mount Sinai Hospital in the US, to establish a forensic facility in Guyana before the end of the year. He said the aim is to ensure that everything related to forensics can be done in Guyana.