– Minister Trotman to St Joseph graduates“Live good and productive lives based on some strong spiritual values: love God, love yourself for who you are, and find and build good healthy relationships; invest in them and protect them.”This was the charge delivered by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman to graduates of St Joseph High School as excitement and loud applause filled the air at their graduation and prize giving ceremony on Wednesday.Minister Trotman told the students that the past five or more years of academic life would have moulded them for the pressures of life, which carry several challenges that must be overcome. He added that these tests are lessons they can utilise when going forward.“Each of you would recall the first day you got here as first formers bursting with excitement. There may have been many hardships — whether financial, death or travelling far distances; but whatever they have been, I am confident you have weathered many storms and overcome those.”The Minister of Natural Resources, a former student of the school, recalled the daunting task of being among the first batch of boys to enter St Joseph High School, which was an all-girls school at that time. He related how challenging school was for him, but he said he did not allow that to deter him, as he later went on to attend renowned universities and now holds the post of Minister of Natural Resources.The minister encouraged the graduates to believe in themselves. “You have grown from boys and girls to be young adults. You have discovered things about yourself. God has placed skilled and abilities in you, and you have to cast your eyes forward to the lives you want for yourself. I challenge you to discover what you are good at, and hold those skills, and you will find that your life’s journey will be easier.”According to a report from the Department of Public Information, the graduation and prize giving ceremony was held under the theme “Conquering Challenges for Success.” The audience was entertained with dance, singing, and steelpan drumming; and proceedings concluded with distribution of prizes.
Twenty-two doctors will be the newest addition to Guyana’s public health sector. The newly trained doctors completed their scholarship in the medical field in Cuba.At a graduation ceremony held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) on Saturday, the doctors – eleven of whom were Guyanese, ten from the Caribbean and one Malaysian – received their certification and undertook the Hippocratic Oath under the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud. They will now be able to practice in Guyana as part of their internship.The newly trained doctors taking the Hippocratic Oath to uphold the ethical standards of the profession at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on SaturdaySpeaking at the event, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, advised the graduates that this is the beginning to other such accomplishments which will be achieved in the future. They were urged to maintain a noteworthy professional outlook when serving patients.Ambassador Majeed later stated that with the input of the Cuban Government, it will foster development in the health sector across the Caribbean region.“We are on the threshold of a national renaissance and so the national interest must be out preponderating concerns. We are emerging from the dungeons of economic insecurity. We are building capacity in several areas of national development,” the Guyanese Ambassador said.Meanwhile, advisor with the Department of Public Service, Vincent Alexander delivered the feature address, in which he also underscored the benefits of the relationship which has been forged with Cuba. He said in this way, Guyana has acquired the opportunity to produce professionals in the field but they must be able to perform to the best of their abilities.“You have to take responsibility for what you do, and take responsibility to continue to ensure that you learn. You are really now on the learning curve. You are at the stage where there is so much more to be learnt,” he said to the doctors.The new doctors were also charged by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle who reiterated the importance of responsibility and the need for focused individuals when dealing with all types of patients.“I urge you to be engaged. I’m taking about being physical, emotionally and mentally engaged. When you come to work, please show up. Be fully focused.”With the return of Ambassador Majeed to Cuba, it was revealed that 13 more students will be accompanying him. Presently, there are 62 Guyanese students pursuing careers in the medical field in the Spanish-speaking country.