Guyanese doctors attend Zika management meeting in Barbados

first_imgtwo Guyanese doctors, attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), are currently attending a two-day May 26- 27meeting on the management of Zika Virus in Barbados.The Incident Management System Technical Meeting is organised by the Pan American HealthDr Ahmad Rafi RozanOrganisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Zika Task Force.Dr Ahmad Rafi Rozan, Obstetrics Specialist and Gynaecologist and Dr Ulanda Haynes, Resident in Paediatrics, are representing Guyana at the regional meeting.Dr Rozan is a specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, spanning the areas of antenatal and perinatal care with an interest in decreasing maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in order to improve quality of life.Dr Haynes worked as a General Medical Officer in the Department of Paediatrics at the GPHC since 2013 and is currently a Senior Resident in Paediatrics attached to the said department.The geographical distribution of the Zika Virus has been steadily increasing since it was first detected in the Americas in Brazil in May 2015. Since then, a total of 35 countries and territories have reported autochthonous (locally transmitted, mosquito- borne) transmission of Zika in the Americas. Several countries have reported cases of newborns with microcephaly and other conditions associated with Zika infection.PAHO has coordinated a process for developing harmonised recommendations on clinical care for pregnant women and newborns.The objectives of this meeting are to present an updated overview of the situation in the Region and to discuss protocols for clinical care and to analyse the challenges in preparations of the health services in the response to the outbreak of the Zika Virus.last_img read more