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New food safety standards for coconut water, after bacteria found

Coconut producers and vendors in Guyana and other Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states will soon have to abide by new food safety standards for coconut water after scientists found a high percentage of bacteria though no one has been sickened by coconut water, officials said Wednesday. Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute (CARDI), Barton Clarke said  “unacceptable ...

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Ban sugar-sweetened drinks from school areas; integrate school-feeding strategy to fight deadly diseases

Caribbean governments are being urged to ban sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) from school environments and integrate the health, education and agriculture ministries, in an effort to reduce stem the scourge of  non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Sir Trevor Hassell issued the call at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2018 being held in Barbados. He ...

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Caribbean urged to take up “fertile” lands in Guyana, Suriname to produce healthy foods

Sir Trevor Hassell, the President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition- an  internationally-recognised non-profit organisation in the fight against non-communicable diseases- on Monday challenged agriculture stakeholders across the region to take up huge swathes of land in Guyana and Suriname to produce healthy foods. “I challenge all in agriculture to pursue means of developing agricultural opportunities in Guyana and Suriname where ...

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Drilling of water wells to bring unprecedented relief to Region Nine residents

The drilling of eight wells, in eight villages in the South Rupununi, Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) by the Brazilian Army under its 6th Battalion Engineering Corps, has the potential to bring unprecedented relief to the residents of the Region, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said Monday. Minister Harmon was at the time delivering the feature address at a simple welcome ...

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Caribbean should train nurses for overseas markets; nursing college to be constructed

As 74 Guyanese nurses prepare to leave to take up job offers in the United Kingdom, Guyana’s Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence announced in the United States (US) that government would be setting aside 30 acres of land to construct a nursing college to train local and Caribbean health care personnel. Addressing overseas-based Guyanese in Washington DC where she was ...

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Only 30 percent of sexually abused children referred for post-trauma counseling ; victims susceptible to long term mental, social problems

ChildLink Inc; a local child rights organisation, says sexual abuse of children is one of the causes of mental illnesses sometimes leading to suicide- problems that could be curbed only if more is invested in rehabilitation programmes. The assessment is contained in the ChildLink Abuse Report titled “Crises In The Dark- Child Sexual Abuse in Guyana Today”. “The recent study ...

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New Amsterdam doctor pioneers surgical research

Dr. Tameshwar Algu, who works out of the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital (NARH), has managed to conduct extensive research on hernia procedures which has now been published in Caribbean medical journals. Dr. Algu, MBBS, Dip Surg, ChM, FCCS, who completed medical school in 2007 and completed a post-graduate diploma in Surgical Anatomy in 2012, is now recognised as a Fellow ...

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Guyana cautious about introducing HIV prevention pill for high risk persons- Chief Medical Officer

Guyana is cautious about allowing the use of daily HIV prevention pill  by persons who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus because of concerns that it may cause people to be carefree about their sexual life-style, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud says. The Public Health Ministry is said to be examining data from other countries to ...

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GTT employees record high mercury levels; Public Health Ministry to meet with company

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT), whose headquarters are located near the old Guyana Gold Board (GGB) location,  says an undisclosed number of its employees have been tested with high levels of mercury,  a problem that the Ministry of Public Health has since been called in to address. In correspondence seen by Demerara Waves Online News, Natural Resources Minister ...

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WPA will mobilise public pressure on govt to accept direct cash transfers of oil money to poor

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Thursday said if A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) refuses to meet to discuss and work out arrangements for direct transfers of oil wealth to the poor Guyanese, it will whip up support among ordinary people to put pressure on government to accept and implement the idea. “We expect logically- and I think that’s ...

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