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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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Guyana Foundation Sunrise Center pilot phase successfully completed

Hague Back, Guyana – (October 11, 2016) The Guyana Foundation recently announced that the pilot phase of its Sunrise Center on the Essequibo Coast was successfully completed. This announcement was made last week at the Westin Hotel, Grand Cayman, during a presentation by the Foundation’s Founder, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, C.C.H., and its Managing Director, Mr. Anthony Autar. In attendance were ...

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Guyana Cancer Foundation launched to help reintegrate survivors

by Abigail Semple The Guyana Cancer (GCF) Foundation was launched on Thursday at the Marriott Hotel, Guyana with the aim of preventing the dreaded disease and reintegrating survivors into society. The GCF was registered in June 1, 2016, after several years of conducting cancer awareness programmes through the then Avon Community Help Fund (ACHF). At the time, it was under ...

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China boosts health care with more aid

China on Friday handed over a number of medical supplies and equipment valued at approximately USD420,000 to Guyana’s Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) Incorporated. The presentation was made by Madam Tiu Cui Li, Vice Minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission of the Peoples Republic of China. During her remarks, the Minister encouraged the Chinese doctors working in Guyana to ...

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ILO helps Guyana develop new Occupational Safety and Health Policy

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is assisting Guyana in crafting a new policy on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) aimed at preventing workplace injuries and fatalities, the Ministry of Social Protection announced Wednesday. The draft was presented to stakeholders including the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUG), the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industries (CAGI) ...

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Guyana’s doctors told to test for potentially deadly polio virus

Guyana is to begin testing for the crippling poliomyelitis (polio) virus to prevent the resurgence of the disease in the same way yellow fever has raised its ugly head again, Public Health Minister Dr. George Norton announced at the weekend. Addressing the graduation ceremony for 86 Cuban-trained Guyanese doctors, Norton said that although Guyana has maintained a polio-free status since ...

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Digicel (Guyana) expands Back-to-School dental clinic outreach

Digicel (Guyana) is expanding its dental outreach programme across Guyana, as it continues its now six-year old Back-to-School initiative, the telecoms provider said in a statement. This year’s activity began at Timehri, East Bank Demerara signaling the beginning of the initiative in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central. The global telecommunications company  says it intends to continue the outreach since it ...

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GPHC’s CEO to be sent on leave to facilitate review of investigative report

The Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) , Michael Khan will be asked to take his accumulated annual leave to pave the way for government to review a damning investigative report into the affairs of that health care institution, sources said. Khan resumed duty after the audit was completed, causing a split between the Board of Directors ...

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Mobile devices possibly taking a toll on mental health- top health official

The widespread use of mobile devices by youths may be depriving youths of opportunities to “offload” their problems in face-to-face communication, making them more vulnerable to suicide, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle said Friday. “The connecting, the communication- I think we are losing that skill and that is what keeps us alive, that’s what keeps us connected and ...

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Poor fire prevention, unqualified staff at Drop-In Centre where children died in fire- COI report

A Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of two children in a fire at the government-run Drop-in Centre last month has recommended that the mother be compensated, after finding that the staff is unqualified, there were insufficient officers on the night of the blaze as well as failure to heed six-year old recommendations by the Guyana Fire Service to improve ...

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