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?If we can improve women?s health, we improve the health of the nation.? This was the assertion ofDr Frank DenbowDr. Frank Denbow, President of the Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association, as he stressed that women are the primary caregivers in most families.It was against this background that the Association decided to spearhead a symposium on Sunday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre which focused on various aspects of women?s health.Among the speakers was Professor Horace Fletcher, Dean of the University of the West Indies Medical School, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Professor Fletcher gave an informative presentation on maternal mortality, an issue that has long been recognised as a big problem in Guyana.According to Dr. Denbow, a Guyanese by birth, who specialises in internal medicine in the United States, ?The reason we chose maternal mortality is because that is a very big problem in Guyana, where we have a higher prevalence rate than most other Caribbean countries,[url=http://www.cheapjerseysauthenticonline.us@#$%&/]Cheap Jerseys Free[/url], and interestingly, Jamaica with all its technology and so on,[url=http://www.wholesalejerseyssale.us@#$%&/]Wholesale China Jerseys[/url], also has a high rate, and it is a problem that has been identified by the Ministry of Health as something that needs to be addressed?.Those gathered at the Convention Centre to listen to speakers such as Professor Fletcher were mainly medical practitioners and Dr. Denbow during an interview with this publication on Tuesday rated the session as ?excellent.?Professor Fletcher in his presentation Sunday spoke of the similarities of the maternal mortality situation in Guyana and Jamaica and proposed ways of addressing existing challenges.?Whilst not suggesting he knew all the answers to Guyana?s problems he suggested methodologies of approaching the problem which I thought were excellent and, in particular, he talked about having a study which is comprehensive, but also confidential, because once you have a study and it is not confidential, people will feel that there is going to be an attempt to apportion blame, and once you get that you are not going to get to the root of the problem,? Dr. Denbow asserted.Nurse Claudette PowellAmong the local health officials who attended the forum were: Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings; Director of Regional Health Services, Dr. Kay Shako; Director of Communicable Diseases, Dr. Morris Edwards; Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Georgetown Public Hospital, Dr. Lucio Pedro, and former Minister of Health, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran.?This is the first time that we have held a symposium, and it was very successful, I think. We had a lot of cooperation both in attendance and going forward; we plan to have significant follow-ups. It is one thing to identify situations, but it is another thing to implement solutions to the problem,? related Dr. Denbow.According to him, he was on Tuesday in discussion with Dr. Pedro about setting up protocols, particularly in the remote health centres of the country, with a view of ascertaining when a pregnancy is likely to be too risky to be handled at that location. This, according to Dr. Denbow, will be done in collaboration with Professor Fletcher.Another issue that took precedence at Sunday?s symposium was that of domestic violence. Presenting on this issue was Women?s Advocate, Ms. Karen De Souza of Red Thread. At that forum she pointed out that domestic violence cuts across all classes of society,[url=http://www.wholesalenfljerseyssale.us@#$%&/]Wholesale Jerseys[/url], although it is more often evident among the poor, working class people. 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There was a speaker, Dr. Roberts, who addressed that, and I feel that stage of a woman?s life is usually not addressed by physicians as well.??You tend to go in, you get your routine checks or if there are other issues such as cervical cancer or breast cancer, but rarely do you hear a woman say I am going to talk to the doctor about menopause,? said Powell. She related that while a number of the issues addressed might not have been new and served as merely refresher information, ?I am sure that everyone there left with something, I know I did.?The aim of the Association is to help make a difference in both the areas of health and education in Jamaica and Guyana. And the strategic approach being embraced to achieve the health goals is to focus on low income areas, according to Dr. Denbow.Currently the Association has its health focus on areas in Region Two, including the areas of Suddie, Supenaam and Anna Regina, while in Jamaica, rural St. Thomas has been chosen.With regards to education, two schools have been adopted by the Association ?Mashabo Primary on the Essequibo Coast and Aeolus Valley School in St. Thomas, Jamaica.