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City Council seemingly tolerates vending by waste dumpsters; pickup strategy needed – PSC official

Even as the Georgetown City Council and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) grapple with the garbage disposal problem facing the commercial sector of the town, City Hall appears to be unmindful of vendors selling outside Stabroek Market alongside a foul-smelling garbage collection site which potentially threatens produce contamination and poses a health risk. This situation had been brought to the ...

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Fungus-infected manganese mine workers did not wear safety gear

Government’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department on Monday said the Chinese manganese mine workers did not use protective gears while clearing a tunnel laden with the histoplasmosis fungus that claimed two lives and sickened 12 others. The histoplasmosis fungus is said to be associated with decayed bat droppings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said no green-light would be given ...

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China to evacuate its critically ill manganese workers from Guyana

China is to evacuate at least 12 of its critically ill manganese mine workers from Guyana on Monday, a well placed Public Health Ministry official said Saturday. Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence could not be reached for comment and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud said he did not receive permission to speak with the media. Sources had indicated that ...

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Leptospirosis-related illness kills second Chinese national, two others discharged

A second Chinese manganese mining worker, who fell ill in northwestern Guyana, died Wednesday night while undergoing treatment for complications associated with leptospirosis, the Ministry of Public Health said. “We are saddened at the passing of another worker,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Shamdeo Persaud was quoted as saying in a ministry statement. Authorities also said two other workers have ...

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6 more sickened mine workers flown to city; Guyana gov’t temporarily halts manganese exploration

Even as six more sickened persons were flown from Guyana’s North West District to Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for emergency treatment, the Public Health Ministry Monday night said two of the 13 who have fallen ill so far were tested positive for leptospirosis. “While the specialists continue to work on the seven patients admitted on Saturday, results have shown ...

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Chinese nationals with respiratory problems to be quarantined at West Dem hospital; Region 1 residents urged to seek medical attention if necessary

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said seven Chinese nationals who are suffering from a respiratory ailment, were due to be transferred to a regional hospital where they would be quarantined. Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was quoted Sunday by government’s Department of Public Information as saying the patients were to be transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital in ...

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Update: Health authorities probe if respiratory infection killed 1 Chinese national, sickened 8 others

Health authorities were Saturday probing whether nine Chinese nationals in northwestern Guyana were suffering from a severe respiratory infection. Director of government’s Department of Public Information Imran Khan said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud informed that “they are investigating Severe Acute Respiratory Infection, not H1N1 specifically.” Khan said health authorities promised  to “provide a detailed report shortly”. Authorities refuted ...

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Favourable policy environment key to Caribbean agro-tourism integration – CTA

Barbados is among several Caribbean nations that is exploring integrating agriculture and tourism as that small Eastern Caribbean island on Wednesday opens its Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop under the theme, “Strengthening Linkages Between Agriculture and Tourism” in the capital Bridgetown. Regional organisations, the World Bank and the World Travel and Tourism Council identify tourism and agriculture as the two critical ...

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President Granger successfully completes chemotherapy; to begin radiotherapy next month

President David Granger has successfully completed several rounds of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and he is now due to undergo radiation therapy, Halim Majeed, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba said in a statement. The President is expected to commence radiotherapy in early April 2019, the diplomatic envoy said. The President, who is accompanied by First Lady ...

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Criminal justice system stakeholders being trained in forensic psychology and sexual offences

Guyana’s legal experts are to be trained in forensic psychology, aimed at applying more natural science techniques in securing convictions for sexual offences and violence against children. The eight-module programme is being supported by the University of Guyana’s (UG) Faculty of Health Sciences, United Nations Children’s Fund, the judiciary, the University of Guyana’s Psychology Task Force and the Caribbean Alliance ...

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