Minister within the Ministry of Public Health
Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings, M.P., MBBS, MPH, B.Sc
Dr. Cummings hails from the ancient county of Berbice and is a graduate of the Bishops’ High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Physics and a Medical Degree (MBBS) from the University of Guyana. Dr. Cummings also holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree from the St. George’s University, Grenada, and the West Indies; and is currently completing Doctoral Studies in Public Health (DrPH) from Walden University in the United States of America.
She has extensive experience in the Public Service, having held positions such as Government Medical Officer and Doctor in Charge of the David Rose Health Centre, Regional Medical Superintendent of Region 4 and Medical Registrar at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation
Dr. Karen Cummings has been involved in politics for the past 3 years and she first served as a Member of Parliament (MP) in 2014, where she was powerful voice for gender equality and spoke out against the horrible healthcare conditions in Guyana. As a MP, Dr. Cummings also advocated for holistic health reforms, and better payment for nurses, teachers, policemen, army personnel and retirees. Dr. Cummings has continued to push for improved opportunities for children and mothers, and has been creating waves over early childhood education and entrepreneurship for young Guyanese. On May 24, 2016, Dr. Cummings was asked by the Government to serve as the Minister within the Ministry of Public Health.