Mon, May 30, 2022
IN MEMORY OF LATE DR RAMSUNDAR DOOBAY (from Guyana) PRAYER TODAY (MON MAY 30th at 7:30 PM) at VISHNU MANDIR
Late Dr.Ramsundar Doobay from Guyana
PRAYER AT VISHNU MANDIR TODAY, MONDAY MAY 30th at 7:30 pm
Please Join us in prayers from 7:30 to 8 pm om Monday May 30th at the Vishnu Mandir in memory of the late Dr.Ramsundar Doobay from Guyana, who passed away Sunday May 29.
Tribute to Dr Ramsundar Doobay
May 29, 2022
Cardiologist Dr Ramsundar Doobay died.
Dr Budhendra Doobay and congregation of Vishnu Mandir in Toronto, Canada conveys their condolences on passing away of the ‘Lion of Guyana’ Dr
Shri Ramsundar Doobay. We pray to Almighty to bless his jeevatma and gives strength to the family and nation to bear this great loss.
One of the indelible images in many persons’ memories of GPHC is walking into the medicine wards and seeing a simple, unassuming man finding a corner of a patient’s bed to tuck himself in, sitting, talking to the patient, assuring the patient and teaching doctors. Dr. Ramsundar Doobay was a fixture at the GPHC for more than fifty years. After today, that image will always only be our memory. GPHC will never be the same with Dr. Doobay no longer among us.
The Minister of Health and the Ministry of Health today received the devastating news that Guyana has lost one of its finest and most dedicated medical professionals. The news that Dr. Ramsundar Doobay, MBBS, MRCP, passed this morning has been received with absolute shock and sadness. Although the Ministry has known about his battle with illness for several months now, we were still unprepared and still shocked by the news of his death.
We express our profound condolences to his family and friends and stand ready to support them in their loss. The truth is that the loss of Dr. Ramsundar Doobay is a loss for Guyana and all Guyanese. As we grieve and mourn his death, we feel a sense of absolute loss.
Martin Carter once wrote asking the probing rhetorical question – WHERE ARE OUR HEROES? Our heroes are not only the persons who live everyday in the prominence of the news. There are heroes and heroines who toil in the total absence of public attention, but are no less our heroes and heroines. Dr. Ramsundar Doobay is one of those ordinary Guyanese whose contributions make him one of those heroes that Martin Carter spoke of. The Ministry of Health believe we have lost one of the most consummate professionals that have ever served the field of medicine
Very few persons have served the health sector with the same dedication and the same value and worth, the same distinction as Dr. Ramsundar Doobay. It is no understatement to say that few have served the GPHC and medicine in Guyana as much as and with the contributions Dr. Doobay made.
Dr. Ramsunadr Doobay was gifted with an intellect that was the envy of many. He was brilliant. But he remained at all times a simple, humble gentleman. His sense of humor was unique. Most of his students and many patients saw a stern, serious person. But he was gentle, caring and funny. Few could tell a joke without changing their demeanor. His expressions never changed whether he was making a serious statement or making a joke. For a man who was so funny, he was also a man of few words, always cool and collective, rarely ruffled.
In his early years with poor infrastructure in the health sector, with access to little or no technology, with access to few journals, Dr. Doobay awed his local colleagues and visiting colleagues with the depth of his knowledge of medicine. He was always up to date with developments in medicine, with new medications and new scientific findings. In fact, his main activity outside of the hospital was his incessant reading of journals and documents relating to medicines. As journals began to appear online, Doobs would spend most of his spare time lost in the pages of these journals.
Doobs, as his colleagues and friends often referred to him, started his career in Guyana in the late 1960s where he joined other illustrious medicine professionals. He started his career under the illustrious Dr. Enid Denbow in November 1968 at the age of 26 and quickly began to make his mark on the medicine profession and service in Guyana. Among his early colleagues would have been Dr. Roger Luncheon with whom Doobs shared a personal and strong friendship and bond. By the 1970s, he had become the Head of Department in Internal Medicine, a position he served in until he was requested to relinquish it in 2016. At various times he served as Medical Superintendent of the Public Hospital Georgetown (PHG) and acted as Director of Medical and Professional Services at the GPHC, when the PHG became a public corporation.
Dr. Doobay is one of the few medical professionals who served the public sector throughout his career, a period that spanned more than fifty years. While he did serve in the private sector at institutions such as the Balwant Singh Hospital, he never sacrificed his duty in the public sector for private practice. He did not allow his departure from GPHC to stop him in 2016. He continued serving people at the Doobay Hospital in Annandale, East Coast Demerara, a hospital founded by his cousin.
Outside his service to thousands of citizens that he personally diagnosed and treated, he served our people and our country by teaching and mentoring hundreds of young doctors. He served as a professor in the School of Medicine of the University of Guyana for more than three decades. He also mentored hundreds of interns at GPHC and, when Guyana introduced post-graduate training, he was one of the pillars of the post-graduate training program. Indeed, both the internship and post-graduate internal medicine programs benefitted from indispensable contributions from Dr. Doobay. Truly, Dr. Doobay molded the career of many young and experienced doctors who today serve and who served in the past in medicine in Guyana and in many countries around the world.
Dr. Ramsundar Doobay played a major role in the early introduction of treatment guidelines for diabetes, hypertension, ischemic heart diseases, asthma, liver diseases, cancer, kidney diseases, lung diseases, neurological diseases and various infectious diseases, such as leptospirosis, and exposure to toxic chemicals in Guyana. The elaborate guidelines that are now available to both young and experienced doctors in various areas of medicine were initially developed with considerable contributions from Dr. Ramsundar Doobay.
Beginning in the 1970s and particularly in the beginning of the 21st century, Dr. Doobay was instrumental in the reorganization of medical clinics, medical wards and the ICU at the PHG and then the GPHC. These models are being further improved today and are the models for hospitals across the country. Dialysis is today a routine service in Guyana, but long before dialysis was introduced in our country, Ramsundar Doobay introduced peritoneal dialysis in the 1970s in medicine in Guyana. In fact, without access to peritoneal dialysis in 2005 at the GPHC dozens of people would have died from leptospirosis resulting from the BIG FLOOD of 2005.
We will miss Dr. Doobay, his invaluable lessons, his unique humor, his brilliance and intellect that mesmerized his students, colleagues and his patients, his clinical acumen that saved lives everyday for more than fifty years. His contributions to health and medicine in Guyana is unsurpassed and will live on as a legend in this country. The Honorable Minister of Health, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the entire health sector express our profound sympathies to Dr. Doobay’s family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.
Om Shanti Om.