The Regional Democratic Council Regional Health Department under its Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Quincy Jones has achieved unprecedented medical first in Guyana.The medical first is the acquisition of a doctor being stationed at every health centre in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). An elated Dr Jones said they are very excited and proud of the achievement, noting that this was better achieved before. “We are proud to announce that we are the only region in Guyana that has been able to acquire a doctor for every health centre within the region,” he said.He disclosed that with 31 health centres, the region currently boasts 43 doctors. This, the RHO said, relates to at least one doctor at each health centre. He disclosed that in the history of Guyana, this is the first time such a feat is being achieved. “We are very proud of this and as the RHO, I am sure that all can imagine my excitement and satisfaction that each and every health centre from Cane Grove on the East Coast to St Cuthbert’s Mission on the Linden Soesdyke Highway has at least a medical doctor there. It simply means that patients can be assured of enhanced medical attention and care from their respective health centres,” he said.The RHO noted that with every health centre having a medical doctor it can help in reducing the workload at the two hospitals in Region Four, namely the CC Nicolson and the Diamond Hospitals. “We are beginning to see that because the health centres have a doctor the workload at these two hospitals are reducing, as people no longer have to go to the hospital for every little thing, they can now access healthcare much faster and in some cases, in a more efficient way from their respective health centre,” he disclosed.Dr Jones said while the health department is celebrating this major feat, he and his team remain thankful to the hardworking efforts of the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Pauline Lucas, who he said had led the fight in ensuring that each health centre have a doctor. “When I spoke to the REO of paving the way for a doctor to be assigned to every health centre, she didn’t only like the idea but wholeheartedly supported the initiative; she had supported it to the point where she aggressively and consistently fought to have it achieved. Aided by the endorsement and acknowledgment of the Regional Health service (RHS) we were able to achieve this,” he said.Meanwhile, REO Pauline Lucas was high in praise for her Regional Health Officer, Dr Quincy Jones who she congratulated on achieving what she said was an initiative that was birthed by the RHO. She said the numerous achievements and successes that are being achieved in the health department are as a result of the cohesive and teamwork that the RHO aided by her administration has been able to achieve.