St John is the patron saint of the St. John Association – the international organisation known for its charitable, humanitarian and civic work. I am happy, as Patron, to extend greetings to all Guyanese on the occasion of the observance of St. John’s Day – the Christian celebration of the nativity of St. John the Baptist.
The St. John Association of Guyana has served the people of this country selflessly for eighty-five years. The Association’s sustained work in providing ambulatory, disaster response, emergency, first-aid medical care and public health education, training and services has been commendable.
Guyana is a nation of ten administrative and developing regions. It is the Association’s mission to ensure that every region in our country – both on the coastland and hinterland – has the capacity to provide emergency health care services. The St. John Association aims at establishing such a capability everywhere in the country.
I call on all citizens, communities, corporations and local democratic organs to support the Association’s invaluable work. Every household, business place, community and neighborhood should have persons trained in emergency medical care so as to ensure a timely and effective response to health emergencies.
The St. John Association needs the support of all Guyanese to realise its aims and objectives. I thank the officers and members of the St John Association of Guyana for their service to the nation. I wish them continued success in their efforts to expand and extend the services they provide.
President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana