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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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“We cannot discourage whistle-blowers”- says Bulkan on transfer of nurse who exposed PNCR Councillor’s access to painkiller

In the wake of the transfer of a nurse in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) following her public disclosure that a well-known pro-government official had been accessing a very strong painkiller, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan said people who disclose misdeeds should be encouraged. “We cannot discourage whistle-blowers. We need to promote persons out there who are prepared, who have the courage to ...

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International technical visit to Brazil to learn about school feeding, family farming

Representatives from Guyana and twelve other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will be in Vitória, Brazil from May 16 to 18, to learn about the Brazilian experience of School Feeding Programmes and purchasing from Family Farming, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a statement. The visit is an international exchange mission promoted by the Internal Cooperation ...

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Public Health Ministry, NGOs team-up to tackle attempted suicide cases in Region Two

The Government is heightening its work with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and other agencies in Region Two, Pomeroon-Supenaam, to tackle suicide and attempted cases. Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings and a team from the Mental Health Unit of the Ministry of Public Health, on Thursday visited a family of one of the attempted suicide victims as ...

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