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Birth registration, secondary education major challenges for Amerindians- UNICEF study

Although Guyana has the single largest number of Indigenous Indians in Latin America and the Caribbean, a recent United Nations-sponsored study has found they are doing poorly in the areas of birth registration and accessing secondary education compared to national averages. Guyana’s indigenous population is about 76,000. The study on Indigenous Women and Children, which was officially handed over by ...

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Surgeries resume at National Ophthalmology Hospital

After an almost three-year hiatus the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, East Berbice-Corentyne is once again functioning. Laser cataract surgeries as well as those for normal cataracts are currently being done. Region Six’s Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephen,  noted however that the operations have not yet fully resumed. “Work has not picked up to the full pace ...

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GGMC workers’ union seek international help to certify mercury clean-up ; 200+ workers suffer mercury poisoning

The Guyana Civil Servants and General Workers Union (GCS&GWU) is seeking international help to ascertain whether a mercury clean-up at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) building  has been done properly before they move back in. The union says it has asked the Pan American Health Organisation, United States embassy, United Nations Development Programme and the Organisation of American ...

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Thousands of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets for distribution

The Ministry of Public Health has announced that distribution of 91,000 insecticide treated bed and hammock nets begins early June, targeting four interior Regions well-known as hubs for malaria transmission. The National Malaria Programme (NMP) of the Public Health Ministry will spearhead the distribution campaign of the Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) from June 03-09 in Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) ...

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President, First Lady given “clean bill of health thus far”; govt states reason for annual medical check-up overseas

President David Granger and First Lady, Ms. Sandra Granger on Monday completed their first round of medical examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme they have been part of for more than a decade. The Ministry of the Presidency also said the results from the at the Good Health Medical Centre in Trinidad and Tobago show they are in good health. ...

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Four regions get newly-graduated Patient Care Assistants

Approximately seventy-four residents from Regions Three, Four, Five and Ten have been trained to be Patient Care Assistants (PCAs). Addressing the newly trained PCAs at a graduation ceremony this morning, at the Georgetown Club, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence urged them to be the catalyst that will transform their communities by proving the best care to patients. “You should ...

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Guyana Gold Board stops burning gold at Brickdam location; new locations for selling gold to be announced

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Tuesday directed the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) to stop burning gold at its Brickdam-based laboratory, after more than 60 workers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) recorded high levels of the potentially deadly chemical in their bloodstream. Trotman’s office said he “has directed that the burning of raw gold at the ...

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