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Guyana crafts suicide emergency plan

Non-governmental and religious organisations, government and  United Nations (UN) agencies are now expected to play a major role in helping suicidal persons cope with stress and reduce access to several means by which they could kill themselves, the Ministry of Public Health said Tuesday. The Suicide Emergency Plan, which is in line with Guyana’s 2015-2020 National Suicide Prevention Plan, emerged ...

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Central High Third Former attempts suicide

A third form student of Central High School attempted suicide this morning after arriving in school. Reports reaching Demerara Waves indicate that the student was feeling some emotional anguish and used a razor blade to slash her wrists. Students recalled hearing the students repeatedly saying that she wanted to end her life and she didn’t want anyone to “fuss over” ...

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Indian organisation wants suicide to be declared a “national priority”

Even as the Indian Action Committee (IAC) was crafting a statement to call on the Guyana government to declare suicide a ‘national priority,’ another man killed himself after his girlfriend decided to end their relationship. Police said  23-year old Michael Stoby of 798 ‘C’ Field, Sophia Wednesday night used a cement sling and hanged himself at his home after his ...

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More than 50 percent of youths sexually active

With the results of a ‘snap survey’ conducted by the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA)  showing that  more than 50 percent of youths are sexually active, Public Health Minister Dr George Norton has affirmed that sexual and reproductive education must form a part of the curriculum. The survey conducted by GRPA  focused on adolescent and youth sexual trends and carried ...

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Haags-Bosch landfill fire 70 percent put out; heated debate at City Hall

by Telesha Vidya Ramnarine Even as fire fighters were making significant progress in extinguishing a three-week old blaze at the Haags-Bosch Landfill, a heated exchange arose Monday at City Hall about why Public Health Officers were not included in a meeting with Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan about the garbage disposal facility. Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle told Demerara Waves Online News ...

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Gastro outbreak at Baramita kills one

An outbreak of gastroenteritis in the North West District (NWD) community of Baramita has left one person dead and 60 others stricken. The Ministry of Public Health says it is closely monitoring the indigenous community in Region One, after several cases of vomiting and diarrhea were detected in the area where residents are reluctant to use treated water and take the ...

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Granger pushes broad-based anti-suicide “action plan”

President David Granger is spearheading an anti-suicide “action plan” by government, religious and non-governmental organisations. “I intend to find out why we have so many suicides and once we identify those factors, try to use Governmental action and try to get the efforts of civil society and households to put this scourge to an end. We are above normal and ...

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Not ready to vaccine port workers for swine flu- Health Minister

Health Minister Dr. George Norton said Thursday that the time was not ripe for port workers to be vaccinated against the potentially deadly swine flu virus that has already claimed the life of one Guyanese. Speaking with reporters at Parliament Building before the start of the sitting of the National Assembly, he said the vaccines should not be given without ...

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