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Brazil helps Guyana stave off three major viruses with massive vaccine donation

Brazil  on Tuesday donated a large quantity of Measles, Mumps and Ruebella (MMR) vaccines Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Lineu Pupo de Paula handed over the 10,000 vaccines to Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, Director of Family Healthcare Services Dr. Ertenesia Hamilton and Focal Point for Adolescent Health Dr. Oneka Scott. A total of 10,000 units were received to aid in ...

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Two-headed still-born baby delivered at New Amsterdam Hospital

A still-born girl with two heads was delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Saturday, creating history in the Ancient County of Berbice. The baby, which completed its full nine months term and the first-born for the teenage mother, was delivered via caesarian section by a team of doctors at the hospital. Senior Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist Dr. Kester Persaud was ...

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Questionable medical school owner resurfaces; leaves students in limbo

Several persons believed that they have been defrauded by a woman who has for several decades been allegedly setting up bogus medical training institutions in Guyana. After weeks of asking the woman, who gives her name as Juanna Craig, for details about the unnamed medical school such as its accreditation, she fled Saturday afternoon from Critchlow Labour College (CLC) where ...

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Six Caribbean territories and states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

The World Health Organization has validated Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as achieving dual elimination Saint Kitts and Nevis/ Geneva, December 1, 2017 – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of ...

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Two-year plan underway to reduce pressure on Georgetown Public Hospital

The Diamond Diagnostic Centre and C.C. Nicholson Hospital at Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara will be upgraded to Regional Hospitals under a two-year plan to lighten the current burden on the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) the country’s sole referral hospital. The improvement plan will be backed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) ...

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Region Eight projects fast-tracked under new Regional Executive Officer

Five months after Rafael Downes was fired from the post Regional Executive Officer for Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni), the new top accounting officer in that interior region said the region’s project implementation has grown from 17 percent to 51 percent. In a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI,) Regional Executive Officer (REO), Gavin Gunga explained that when he ...

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Guyana Medical Mission completes 51 successful surgeries at New Amsterdam Hospital during one week visit

Doctors from the Guyana Medical Mission, during their annual one- week stay in Guyana, successfully completed 51 surgeries at the New Amsterdam Hospital while providing technical support to the local doctors and nurses present at the health Institution. This information was reported to members of the media at the Hospital’s Boardroom on Friday, November 10 as the medical mission’s annual ...

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UNAIDS negotiates lower price for one-pill HIV treatment

UNAIDS has announced a breakthrough pricing agreement to make the first affordable single-pill HIV treatment regimen available to public sector purchasers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The “lifetime announcement” will be made available to 92 countries in an accelerated treatment rollout as part of efforts to reach the 36.7M persons living with HIV across the globe. “Those people will ...

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Violence by Psychiatric Hospital patients triggers nurses’ sit-in over poor working conditions

Nurses at the National Psychiatric Hospital Tuesday staged a three-hour sit-in over the dangerous conditions they are facing at that mental health facility where several patients violently broke two walls late Monday night. When this publication visited the health institution at Canje, Berbice, the Hospital Administrator, Luanne Sulker, said she was not permitted to speak to the media about the ...

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Guyana to monitor medicine effectiveness

Guyana is moving to establish a system to monitor the effectiveness of medicines as part of efforts to ensure the best quality drugs are used in the health sector, officials said Monday. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud said there was no data to substantiate anecdotal reports that due to better quality drugs being supplied, fewer patients were waking up ...

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