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UNAIDS negotiates lower price for one-pill HIV treatment

UNAIDS has announced a breakthrough pricing agreement to make the first affordable single-pill HIV treatment regimen available to public sector purchasers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The “lifetime announcement” will be made available to 92 countries in an accelerated treatment rollout as part of efforts to reach the 36.7M persons living with HIV across the globe. “Those people will ...

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Violence by Psychiatric Hospital patients triggers nurses’ sit-in over poor working conditions

Nurses at the National Psychiatric Hospital Tuesday staged a three-hour sit-in over the dangerous conditions they are facing at that mental health facility where several patients violently broke two walls late Monday night. When this publication visited the health institution at Canje, Berbice, the Hospital Administrator, Luanne Sulker, said she was not permitted to speak to the media about the ...

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Guyana to monitor medicine effectiveness

Guyana is moving to establish a system to monitor the effectiveness of medicines as part of efforts to ensure the best quality drugs are used in the health sector, officials said Monday. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud said there was no data to substantiate anecdotal reports that due to better quality drugs being supplied, fewer patients were waking up ...

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Justice system must treat persons vulnerable to discrimination fairly- President of Caribbean Court of Justice

The President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron has called on the justice system across the region to ensure that persons, who are vulnerable to discrimination, are treated fairly. In his examination of Judicial Attitudes and HIV and AIDS within the context of positioning the judiciary to effectively contribute to ending AIDS by 2030, Sir Dennis ...

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Guyana hiring health workers to send to hurricane-battered British Virgin Islands

Guyana  would be rushing health workers to storm-battered British Virgin Islands (BVI) to provide medical and technical support to that United Kingdom dependency, government here announced. The Ministry of Public Health, through the office of the Chief Medical Officer. is recruiting medical staff and professionals who will work along with the Civil Defense Commission (CDC). According to Chief Medical Officer, ...

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Suicide Prevention in Guyana- facts, warnings and testimonies

by Psychologist and Drug Addiction Specialist, Caitlin Vieria Hello Everyone, I hope this past week has treated you well. Today, all around the world, is an extremely special day. It is World Suicide Prevention Day. Although many of you are grieving today, I encourage you to view this as a day to celebrate life, resilience and hope. Hope for those who ...

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Guyana heightens measles surveillance near Venezuela border; treating Venezuelans for malaria

Guyana has decided to intensify measles surveillance near the border with Venezuela, even as nationals of that neighbouring country continue to seek medical treatment here for malaria, government announced Thursday. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said the Pan American Health Organisation has advised of increased cases of measles in Bolivar State, Venezuela. As a result, he said Guyana has decided ...

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GPHC management violated law on GYD$600 million drug procurement; Public Health Minister did no wrong

The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Friday said it would rely on the outcome of a probe by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) into the purchase of GYD$632 million worth of drugs, even as it said its own investigation revealed that the hospital’s management allegedly violated a decision to follow the legal process of going through the National Procurement ...

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US$17.5 million India credit line to upgrade Guyana’s health facilities

Health care delivery in Guyana is expected to benefit from a multi-million-dollar line of credit from India. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan Wednesday signed a US $17.5M line of credit with the Export/Import (EXIM) Bank of India to upgrade primary health care facilities. Minister Jordan explained that the funds will be used to refurbish existing facilities and construct new buildings ...

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Prison warden succumbs; nine other persons injured in Camp Street unrest; Georgetown hospital activates contingency plan

A prison officer succumbed to a gunshot injury while receiving emergency treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital. He has been identified as Odinga Wickham. Nine other persons were injured during Sunday afternoon’s fiery unrest that destroyed the maximum Georgetown Prison, officials said. There are no immediate reports of deaths. Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Retired Brigadier George ...

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