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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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Guyana, other Caribbean countries put on alert for dengue outbreak

Guyana and other Caribbean countries were Thursday urged to push back against a possible major outbreak of dengue across the region in view of disease forecasts and a recent upsurge of the mosquito-borne illness. “Disease modelling, however, predicts that another regional outbreak of Dengue may occur in the near future,” the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) said in a statement. The ...

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Gov’t clamps down on unlicensed day care facilities

The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) is urging day care service providers to get their facilities registered by March or face closure. Head of the CPA, Ann Greene said persons who are desirous of registering their day care facility must possess a valid Police Clearance and Food Handlers Certificate. She added that the facilities will be Inspected by the Fire ...

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Bartica-based CT scanner to help with quick diagnosis in five regions

Residents of Bartica and by extension Region 7 and other nearby regions can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that a computerized tomography (CT) scanner will soon be operationalized. After the complete installation of the CT scan at the Bartica Regional Hospital, persons in need of scans from Regions 2 (Pomeroon-Supenaam) , 3 (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands, 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), 8 ...

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Bartica gets GYD$11 million locally-made water ambulance

The Region 7 community of Bartica on Thursday received a newly commissioned locally-made water ambulance. Built by Guyanese contractor, Sunrise Marine Incorporated, the emergency water transport was handed over to the town by Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence. The approximately GYD$11 million water ambulance is equipped with all that is needed for the vehicle to be used in the effective ...

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Republic Bank’s ‘Right Start’ account for GPHC’s first New Year’s baby

A baby boy was warmly welcomed at the Georgetown Public Hospital at 1:05 am on New Year’s Day, this being the first delivery at the institution for 2019, the government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) reported. A girl and two other boys were subsequently delivered during the morning hours. The lucky mother, Serena Gordon, who resides in Albouystown, went to ...

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Del Monte Fiesta Corn recalled due to “life threatening risk”- Food and Drugs Dept

The Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) on Friday announced the recall of Del Monte Fiesta Corn “due to under-processing which poses a life threatening risk to consumers.” “More than 60,000 cases of Del Monte’s Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers are being recalled because the ingredients weren’t adequately processed,” the Guyanese agency said, adding the move was ...

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Pres. Granger due back Tuesday

President David Granger will be returning Tuesday to Guyana, having completed the second round of medical treatment and evaluation at the Centro de Investigaciones Médicas Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) in Havana, the Guyana Embassy in Cuba said. He will be returning amid a controversial claim by the opposition  People’s Progressive Party that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is violating Guyana’s constitution by remaining ...

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Granger for five rounds of chemotherapy; treatment continues until next year

Ahead of President David Granger’s departure for Cuba on Tuesday for more cancer treatment, he said in all he needs five rounds of chemotherapy. He left Tuesday for Cuba’s Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) for the second of five rounds of chemotherapy. He is due to return to Guyana by weekend. The Ministry of the Presidency quoted the Guyanese leader as saying ...

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Shortage of drug-resistant tuberculosis medications ends

The Ministry of Public Health on Saturday said it has brought to end a shortage of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) medications Director of Pharmacy Oneil Atkins on  said there is no need to panic. “All TB patients would be adequately treated,” Mr. Atkins was quoted as saying in a Public Health Ministry statement. There was a recent shortage of Ethionamide, part ...

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