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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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Guyana needs legal reforms, more cash to combat suicide, parliamentarians told

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Chairman of the bipartisan House Committee on Social Services, Dr Vindhya Persaud on Wednesday called for legal reforms and more monies to help combat suicide. PAHO-WHO Representative in Guyana, Dr. William Adu-Krow noted that the mental health in 2011 received a mere 0.11 percent of Guyana’s health budget but buy 2017 that figure ...

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China helps Guyana battle Zika, other infectious diseases

China on Tuesday donated at least GYD$20 million in medical equipment to Guyana to aid the fight against Zika and other infectious diseases. The equipment will be used in the Reference Laboratory of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). “I want to thank the Chinese Embassy and the people of China for the continued support in the medical field and ...

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Govt ministers seeking medical treatment in Ireland

Guyana government ministers have been flying out to Ireland for medical treatment, even as a health insurance policy being finalised, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said Friday. “Ministers have sought permission to travel to Ireland for medical treatment and so far those bills are dealt with by the Ministers themselves,” he told a news conference. Harmon said government and an ...

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Georgetown Hospital CEO fired; former army chief takes over

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Mr. Allan Johnson has been fired from the post and newly-appointed Deputy CEO, Retired Brigadier will take over from Friday. in a statement issued through the Ministry of Public Health, said Johnson was removed from the post with effect from Friday, June 9, 2017, Alves said that the ...

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Police to be deployed to West Demerara hospital to stem assault of doctors

After emergency room doctors and other health workers at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) downed tools earlier this week to protest poor security, the Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday announced that police would be permanently deployed at that health institution. “These include armed ranks of the Guyana Police Force to be a permanent feature at the hospital to beef ...

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