By Katie Burrell
Study abroad students dedicated a day to touring in Guyana in between their time working in hospitals and schools.
The Texas State respiratory care students and Global News Team visited a museum, church and historical landmarks in and near Georgetown, Guyana on Jan. 6, the 5th day of their trip. The students traveled by van to markets for souvenir shopping and views from a clock tower.
Students visited the seawall in Georgetown, Guyana where the 1823 monument was built and placed in 2013. The monument stands tall in the sea air to memorialize the rebellion from slavery that ultimately freed enslaved Guyanese according to the plaque paired with the statue.
The 1823 monument feature three bronze figures. “Gone but not forgotten. Their struggles made our world possible. All Guyana salute their valor,” the monument’s description reads. Ivor Thom, native to Guyana is credited for the design and creation of the piece.
Located within half-a-mile of the cathedral, the Guyana National Museum hosted replicas of Guyana’s native animals, insects and other creatures. Towards the end of the tour, Director of Clinical Education & Clinical Assistant Professor Sharon Armstead, viewed a map of Guyana and showed students different locations around the country relative to where they would later visit.
Within the Guyana National Museum, students and faculty stood around a replica of a giant sloth which was determined by the museum to be proof of the sloth’s prehistoric existence.
A hand-carved, wooden turtle sits on a display shelf within a street market. Upon visiting, students purchased paintings, bags, sandals and souvenir items.
: Respiratory therapy senior, Jennifer Cruz shops for souvenirs in Georgetown, Guyana across from the museum she had toured moments before.
During a quick stop before lunch, the group visited Umana Yana. The location features a hut and statue. The hut has been used as a recreation center for foreign ministers.
After a midday service, students and faculty toured St. George’s Cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana. The all-white building is fitted with siding, stain-glass windows and a towering steeple. It was build in 1796 and still operates as a Catholic church. Students were able to tour, take photos and speak with church leaders.
Towards the afternoon, the group headed to Stabroek Market to climb a spiral staircase which lead to a clock tower. The group divided in half taking turns making their way to the top for the view and some picture taking.
The Botanical Gardens in Guyana featured lush grass, green trees and a manatee habitat. Despite their best efforts, students and faculty were not successful in coaxing any manatees to the water’s surface.
Texas State Respiratory Therapy students traveled to Georgetown, Guyana on Jan. 2 to give respiratory care at the local high school and hospital.
Below is a slideshow of photos, depicting the time students spent in the hospital, followed by a video tour.
On the first day at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, the Texas State University team was greeted by the director of medical services, Sheik Amir.
Amir led the team through the hospital to see where they would be working for the next three days. The hospital is considered the last stop hospital in Guyana, due to the various services it provides.
The maternity unit is one of the four areas of the hospital to have working air conditioning, according to Claudette Thomas, leader of Bridges Global Medical Missions.
On a hot, humid January day, patients wait for the pharmacy doors to open.
In the emergency room, nurses tend to patients in a timely manner.
Two single beds sit next to each other in what is considered to be the critical care bay of the emergency room.
The cardiac intensive care unit is made up of nine beds and is located on the second floor of the hospital.
A live press conference was broadcast during the team’s last visit to Georgetown Public, centering around the importance of respiratory therapy.
Photos and video by Ashley Skinner/Global News Team.