Remembering Dr Charles Roza of Mackenzie Hospital

Remembering the legendary Doctor Charles Roza of Mackenzie Hospital – Upper Demerara

Dr Charles Roza

       By Dmitri Allicock   for Guyanese Online

The delivery of healthcare in the bauxite mining community of what is now called Linden was once ranked tops in Guyana and around the Caribbean. Free housing for their workers, along with employment, competitive pay, augmented with good healthcare, were among the enormous contributions of the Demerara Bauxite Company {Demba} to the people of Upper Demerara and Guyana.

The MacKenzie Hospital built and funded by Demba, practiced very decent health care. Every employee received free care and their family members had to pay half of a nominal fee. My parents paid a total of $9.00 for my birth and the entire 5 days of hospitalization of my mother.  For those that were not part of the company, care was given for a small sum. Those were the days when you spend up to 9 days in the hospital after having a baby or until the baby’s umbilical cord fell off.         [Read More:  Remembering Doctor Charles Roza of Mackenzie Hospital ]

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  • Joseph Bishop  On 10/29/2012 at 7:04 am

    How far have we come from this kind of selfless service. People, this is what Guyana used to be; we can still come close to this kind of service, if the polititians can, just for a moment, stop and think that at this point in time, they are custodians of the reigns of a country, not a party, not a race of people and they are elected to do their best to ensure that all citizens, regardless of race, socio-economic status or location, can feel a sense of hope for themselves and their families. Lose the in-fighting, the corruption, the stealing, the bribery, seeing things only through the lens of race, incompetence, the revenge, trying to get all that they can while they can; regardless of the consequences to the country.

    This man has left a legacy, that, if emulated, would bring back Guyana to the days when citizens from all over the Caribbean came to get a piece of Guyana, rather than Guyanese being seen as pests in the countries of the Caribbean. We have it all, natural resources, a fair climate, a system of government, that if run properly, would be the envy of the region.

    May he rest in peace. May his family be blessed doubly, for the manner in which cared for people and respected his profession.

    I hope and pray that one day the blinders will be removed from the eyes of regular Guyanese and they would move mightly and swiftly to end the lawlessness that has spread over this once great and happy country like a cancer.

  • Joseph Bishop  On 10/29/2012 at 7:08 am

    Joseph Bishop again. Pardon my spelling of the word politicians (some-timers not all-timers)

  • Wycs  On 10/30/2012 at 12:11 am

    I endorse the above comments of Joseph Bishop. Well written; but i would add that both opposition parties are power drunk and are responsible for what is currently happening in the country. As Joseph said ‘If the politicians, can just for a moment stop and think that at this point in time, they are custodians of the reigns of a country, not a party, not a race of people and they are elected to do their best……can feel a sense of hope for themselves and their families’ will go a far way in making Guyana the envy of many other countries in the world. It is digusting for all Guyanese to see what is happening at every election. I wish if the politicians can pull themselves together and think only of the prosperity of GUYANA….support the Government of the day AND STOP BEING SO ‘IDIOTIC’ for a use of a better word.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 06/15/2013 at 9:13 am

    If you grew up in Guyana you would certainly be acquainted with some of these common over the –counter- medicines and remedies that brought relief for various afflictions and ailments. Corner stores carried a wide array of medicines found only in the Caribbean and Guyana. These were augmented with herbal medicines and treatments before a visit to the doctor was attempted.
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  • Dmitri Allicock  On 03/21/2014 at 12:59 am

    In memory of Beverly Roza who passed away on March 19. She was the wife of the late Dr. Charles Roza of Mackenzie Hospital, Upper Demerara. Sincere condolences are extended to her dear family and love ones.

    • Abert  On 03/21/2014 at 5:57 pm

      I lived in Mckenzie in the 50’s and heard many wonderful things about Dr.Roza. There is so little written about these great men who actually did something for Guyana. Dr. Gordon Baird was also mentioned in the article. Of him I knew personally. He spent many of his years doing all forms of surgery at New Amsterdam Hospital, Berbice for the ordinary man. The talk was that he did not take bribe for service, as others did. Many who know said he was one of the best surgeons Guyana ever had. I saw him when he was leaving Guyana in the late 70’s with nothing much. If he had given those years of service in America, as he did in Guyana, he would have been well rewarded financially. Last I heard of him he was working at Brookdale hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

      • Dmitri Allicock  On 03/21/2014 at 6:00 pm

        Thanks Abert

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