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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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TB treatment, monitoring to be resuscitated in Region Three

The National Tuberculosis (TB) Programme’s in-patient facility at the West Demerara Regional Hospital is expected to be refurbished to cater for patients who need special medical attention. The ‘step down’ care facility is to be fully operational by the end of 2016. Funds have been allocated in this year’s budget to build capacity at the facility in Region Three. This ...

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GPHC’s CEO cited for income tax breach, micromanagement

The Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Michael Khan has allegedly cheated GYD$1.4 million in income taxes, and a government-ordered probe has since recommended that he be punished. “We consider this action by the CEO as a serious breach of the law and an abuse of his authority warranting some sanction by the Board of Corporation,” states ...

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Fire destroys old Nurses Hostel in New Amsterdam

An abandoned building that formerly housed the Nurses Hostel in New Amsterdam was Saturday afternoon destroyed by fire. Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ian Amsterdam said investigators were working on the theory that vagrants ,who frequent the building, might have been responsible for the blaze. The hostel was located at Charles Place, New Amsterdam. There were no reports of ...

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Lethem stillbirth deaths…post mortem results released

The Ministry of Public Health has released to the Government Information Agency (GINA), the causes of death of two babies in Lethem. Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings and a team of pathologists had visited the region to meet with the mothers and to carry out pathology examinations of the stillbirths following an initial investigation by ...

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No sweetheart pharmaceutical bond contract- Health Minister; Jagdeo slams govt for lying to House

Amid swirling accusations of a sweetheart deal between government and a city businessman over the rental of a bond to store pharmaceutical supplies,  Minister of Public Health Dr. George Norton said Wednesday that the move was aimed at saving cash. He denied claims by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that government paid the building’s owner, Lawrence “Larry” Singh two months rent ...

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CBS2 Exclusive: Woman dismembered by boyfriend in Guyana receives new arms, hands in New York

ALBERTSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some New Yorkers have given an extraordinary donation to a young woman who endured a horror. The woman was mutilated by an abusive boyfriend, and her children were killed. As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported exclusively to the woman, Natasha Houston. The simple act of pushing open a car door is a struggle for Houston, in what ...

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Crisis at GPHC: Matron to be sent on leave

Health care delivery is currently in crisis at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) as the standoff between doctors and the Chief Matron, Colleen Hicks at the facility continues unabated. Chairman of the GPHC Board of Directors, Dr Carl ‘Max’ Hanoman met with media operatives on Thursday at its Resource Centre, to provide a brief on the unsavoury situation at ...

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