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Team dispatched to Mazaruni after boy dies, brother “brain dead”

Health officials suspect that toxicity of a waterway in Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) may have caused the death of a boy and the “brain dead” state of his brother, Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton said Sunday night. Based on symptoms and an autopsy, he said medical experts have ruled out an infection such as meningitis but rather the possible consumption ...

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Prince Harry interacts with teenage mothers and TIP victims

First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger on Sundayt hosted Prince Henry of Wales, familiarly known as Prince Harry, at a reception on the Lawns of State House where he had the opportunity to interact with teenage mothers and victims of Trafficking In Persons. The Ministry of the Presidency said the Women’s Empowerment Programme is responsible for the teenage mothers and  they were ...

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US President recognises work of Guyanese home care CEO

United States (US) President, Barack Obama on Saturday recognised the contribution of a young Guyanese lady  in her homeland in the area of care for the elderly, in his address at a Town Hall meeting in Peru. “We need leaders like Abbigail Loncke of Guyana; Abigail are you there? So after struggling to find her own grandfather a home care, Abigail ...

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Nursing exam paper leaked, sold

Investigations are ongoing to identify person or persons who may have been responsible for the leak of examination papers before the sitting and assessment of 250 nursing students on October 19 and 20, 2016, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported on Tuesday. Nurses who sat the Clinical and Functional examination in October were informed by Principal Tutor of the Georgetown ...

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Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support

Program seeks to strengthen the country’s healthcare network, benefitting some 140,000 women and 9,000 newborns a year The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)  on Thursday announced that it has approved an US$8 million loan for a program to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This program seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and ...

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Guyanese manufacturing executive gives Caribbean lessons on improving agriculture

A top official of the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) largest rum producer on Wednesday recommended a raft of steps to help improve the growth and competitiveness of the region’s agricultural sector and overall business innovation. Managing Director of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Komal Samaroo told the Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s (CWA) Alliance Meeting – Strategies for Attracting Investments into Agriculture that ...

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Free trade taking toll on health of Caribbean school children

Caribbean health and education experts have lamented the impact of free trade on the consumption of certain foods and beverages that are badly affecting the health of the region’s children. Senior Medical Officer of Grenada’s Ministry of Health, Dr Francis Martin said the reality is that many Caribbean schools are cash-strapped and so they turn to sponsors to support sporting ...

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Jagdeo, Health Minister differ on doctors being removed from contract with gratuity

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday accused government of forcing recently-trained medical doctors to leave the public health sector because they have been taken off contracts  with gratuity and placed on the pensionable establishment of Guyana’s Public Service. Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton confirmed to Demerara Waves Online News that “they (the doctors) are employed by the Public Service ...

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Diphtheria outbreak in Venezuela triggers vaccination in western Guyana

Guyana is about to begin vaccination against Diphtheria on the border with Venezuela, following an outbreak in that western neighbour where the political and economic crisis has caused a prolonged massive shortage of basic items including medicines. “The Ministry of Public Health is taking preventative measures to reduce the risk of Diphtheria crossing the border from Venezuela where an outbreak ...

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