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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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Deaf drivers pilot programme in the making – Public Security Ministry

Deaf persons will be licensed to drive private vehicles, but a date has not yet been set for commencing piloting a programme for sitting  theoretical and practical drivers’ examinations, the Ministry of Public Security said Monday. Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said the pilot project, which would be confined to the Guyana Police Force’s ‘A’ Division, was in keeping with a Cabinet ...

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GTT donates to cancer fight

  The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) Company on Friday donated GYD$300,000 to members of the Giving Hope Foundation – Guyana at its Telephone House, Brickdam. The company said the assistance is part of GTT’s 2018 Pinktober payout to several cancer organisations. Vice-President of the Giving Hope Foundation (GHF), Kirtley Williams expressed gratitude and noted the money will go towards ...

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GRDB asks Jamaica for info on seized rice; says no Cinderella rice shipped for 2019

The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) says no Cinderella-branded rice has been shipped to Jamaica for the year and is surprised by reports that 70 metric tonnes of the Guyanese grain have been seized by authorities on that Caribbean island. GRDB Deputy General Manager, Allison Peters said rice shipments directly from Guyana to Jamaica usually take about seven to 10 ...

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Jamaica confiscates 70 tonnes of Guyanese rice

Reproduced from Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) says it has confiscated 70 metric tonnes (1,575 bags) of White Cinderella rice from Guyana due to high microbial content. The rice, valued at approximately $4.6 million, was imported from Guyana by a local ...

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Guyana’s self-harm mental health programme expands to Region 5

The Ministry of Public Health department in Region 5, Mahaica-Berbice, is gearing up to provide stigma-free mental health care services relating to self-harm and suicide at its 18 primary health care institutions. The initial step was taken two weeks ago with the launching of the Self-Harm Surveillance Programme, according to the Regional Health Officer, Dr. Desmond Nicholson. Self-harming cases, he ...

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