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Gold Board’s mercury polluting lab that sickened GGMC workers to be moved “within the shortest possible time”

Under increasing pressure from the Board of Directors and staff of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Ministry of Natural Resources has announced that the Guyana Gold Board’s (GGB) mercury polluting laboratory would be moved from the Brickdam location that both agencies share. “Noting the Minister’s previous statements and the GGB’s and GGMC shared conclusion that it was ...

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GGMC’s Board recommends temporary closure until mercury clean-up, removal of Gold Board’s laboratory; decision rests with Minister Trotman

The Board of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has recommended temporary closure of that entity until the environment is scrubbed of all mercury residue and the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) removes the laboratory that emits mercury while burning gold being bought from miners, a top GGMC official said. Chairman of the GGMC’s Board of Directors, Stanley Ming said ...

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Occupational Safety and Health experts probing mercury poisoning of GGMC workers

The Ministry of Social Protection’s Occupational Safety and Health Department on Thursday rubbished claims by the trade union representing Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) workers that their concerns about mercury poisoning have been ignored. Chairman of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), Earl Morris stressed that “that’s not true” and persons could easily make erroneous conclusions ...

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Mercury-poisoned GGMC workers threaten protest over govt’s silence; refusal to shutdown or improve Gold Board’s lab

Workers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) are threatening protest action if other relevant government agencies remain silent on mercury poisoning by emissions from the Guyana Gold Board. President of the Guyana Civil Servants and General Workers Union (GCS&GWU), Gregory Gaspar said his newly-formed trade union is demanding that the GGB either shuts down the laboratory or invests ...

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Pan-Caribbean multi-stakeholders to discuss strategy for ending AIDS

The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, will host the Joint Regional Dialogue with Faith Leaders, Parliamentarians, Civil Society Leaders, National AIDS Programme Managers and Youth Leaders. Approximately 60 delegates representing Parliamentarians, Faith Leaders, Youth Leaders, Key Populations, People Living with HIV ...

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UK readies Guyana’s hospitals for disasters

Several of Guyana’s publicly owned hospitals are being upgraded to make them more resistant to floods and storms caused by climate change, as part of a United Kingdom (UK)-funded project that targets seven Caribbean countries, officials said Friday. The UK’s ‘s Department for International Development (DfID) is financing the regional SMART Health Care Facilities Project to the amount of 38 ...

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PM Nagamootoo returns after heart surgery in US

A prayer breakfast Thursday morning brought together President David Granger, several ministers of government and well-wishers, government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) reported. The aim was to welcome home Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who returned today after recuperating in the United States (US) following a successful heart bypass surgery. PM Nagamootoo, accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo and his eldest daughter, Maria ...

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No measles outbreak in Region One – Public Health officials

  The Guyana government on Friday said there was no outbreak of measles in Region One (Barima-Waini), although there is high incidence of the transmittable disease in neighbouring Venezuela. Director of Maternal and Child Health, Dr. Ertensia Hamilton was quoted by government’s Department of Public Information as saying “we have no Measles in Region One. Claims are erroneous.” Hamilton clarified ...

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