In a brief ceremony held at Government House, the Governor-General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams presented insignia for the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours to a surviving relative of the Late Dr. Margaret O’Garra. The physician, who passed away, only months after being conferred the honour of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for Services to Healthcare was lauded for her outstanding service to the nation.
Born in Montserrat in the 1920’s, Dr. O’Garra spent all of her professional life in Antigua and Barbuda assisting to build the health care service and will be especially remembered for establishing the children’s ward at the Holberton Hospital and the Adele School for Special Children.
His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams shared that Dr. O’Garra was an outstanding paediatrician and contributed much to the lessening of the infant mortality rate in Antigua and Barbuda to the lowest in the world. As Sir Rodney recalled fund memories of his former colleague with her cousin Mathilda Bryant, he stated that he had the opportunity of working with her at the Holberton Hospital and found her to be highly knowledgeable, committed to her profession and the patients that she served.
The Late Dr. Margaret O’Garra CBE gave over fifty (50) years of service to Antigua and Barbuda in the field of medicine.
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Those are the names I grew up hearing in the Medical Field….O’Garra, Margetson, C.R. Locker, O’Reilly and more, long before the current crop of doctors. I never thought they were properly celebrated and remembered. Would have liked a ward to be named in each of their honour at MSJMC. Dr.C.R Locker who operated from offices in Swetes and Upstairs a building on Lower Market Street, was the only doctor who could write you a prescription while you were walking up the stairs, and the prescription actually worked. Was undoubtedly one of the finest doctors there is.
I thought some years ago a decision was made to do away with posthumous awards.
Honor people when they are alive.
Congrats to the beneficiary of Dr O’Garro.
Please let the people who did the heavy lifting enjoy their awards.
Would be fitting to name the children’s ward at MSJMC after her
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