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Tamper-proof digitised COVID-19 vaccination cards coming

Amid ongoing concerns that a number of healthcare workers have been providing paper-based COVID-19 vaccination cards to unvaccinated persons, the Health Ministry on Wednesday announced that plans are advanced to provide tamper-proof digital cards. Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony said India would be providing a system named COWIN to convert the paper-based cards to a digital format. “We are working ...

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Guyana’s COVID hospital gets oxygen generation plant; Health Ministry to save $millions

The Infectious Disease ‘COVID’ Hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown will soon be able to produce its own oxygen and save the the national treasury millions of dollars it currently spends on buying supplies from a private company, officials said Monday. During a virtual press conference, Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony said purchasing of oxygen for the hospital’s Intensive Care ...

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Guyana removed from Britain’s COVID “red list” of countries

Guyana will from October 11 be removed from the United Kingdom’s COVID ‘red’ list of countries, paving the way for two way  travel between both nations, the UK government said. “From 4am on Monday 11 October, Guyana will no longer be on the red list for entering England,” the United Kingdom said in its travel advisory. Further, UK envoy to ...

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Moruca teen, who died hours after vaccination, had weakened brain artery before

The Ministry of Health said the 13-year old boy, who died two hours after taking the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, succumbed to uncontrolled bleeding of the brain. “The findings indicate a pre-existing condition that led to the death of the 13-year-old. The pre-existing condition identified was a cerebral aneurysm,” the Health Ministry said. Doctors said the post ...

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Boy dies hours after taking second dose COVID vaccine

A 13-year old boy from Kamwatta, Moruca, North West District died on Monday, two hours after he received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The Health Ministry says the cause of death is not immediately known and is urging the public not to speculate. The Health Ministry says he was observed for 20 minutes after taking the jab and ...

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Food and Agriculture Organisation ready to support Guyana’s agri proposal to CARICOM

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday said it was ready to support Guyana’s agriculture proposal for the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The announcement was made by FAO’s Assistant Director General, Julio Antonio Berdegué in his address to the opening of Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2021. Recalling President Irfaan Ali’s proposal on agricultural diversification and food security, to colleague ...

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Russia sees no hurdles for WHO approval of Sputnik V vaccine

Reproduced from Reuters MOSCOW, Oct 2 (Reuters) – All the barriers to register Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine with the World Health Organization (WHO) have been cleared and only some paperwork remains to be completed, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday. The Sputnik V shot, widely used in Russia and approved for use in over 70 countries, is ...

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No second COVID vaccine needed as travel requirement for foreigners- PAHO

The Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) on Wednesday said there is no need to impose the need for a second COVID-19 vaccine and would amount to a “barrier” to the movement of persons, in the wake of concerns by Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). PAHO’s Assistant Director, Jarbas Barbosa said there is no proof that the mixing ...

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Opposition Leader’s Communications Chief Imran Khan dies

Director of Communications in the Opposition Leader’s Office, Imran Khan died of COVID-19 early Tuesday morning, a senior Health Ministry official confirmed He was not vaccinated. In an initial reaction to Khan’s passing, Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon said he was “shocked”. Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senior Counsel Roysdale Forde said, “I am devastated. Imran was my ...

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Region Nine leaders lobby government for swift reopening of Port Lethem

In the face of a gripping shortage of basic consumer items, the Region Nine (Upper Takatu- Upper Essequibo) administration and the Lethem Town Council have lobbied government to reopen the border to cargo and limited passenger traffic from October 1. In the letter dispatched to Prime Minister Mark Phillips on September 26, 2021, Regional Chairman Bryan Allicock, Regional Executive Officer ...

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