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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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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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