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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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Trinidad experts arrive to check on mercury emissions at Gold Board after GGMC workers test positive

The Guyana Gold Board has hired experts from Trinidad and Tobago to confirm what the University of Guyana (UG) has already told that regulatory agency- that mercury emissions no longer pose a risk to people in the area, Gold Board Chairman, Gabriel Lall said Friday. “We have moved very aggressively to address that problem. As I speak right now, somebody ...

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Waterways must be properly managed for security and be pollution-free, says Granger at World Water Forum

Guyana’s President, David Granger on Monday said waterways running through a number of countries of the Guiana Shield must be properly managed as part of a security mechanism, and that rivers must not be polluted. He was at the time addressing the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil “Rivers are important for the security of states. Half of the ...

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