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PAHO outlines best practices to control COVID-19 pandemic

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Wednesday outlined best practices in a guide to help countries decide which measures to implement to control the COVID-19 pandemic and for how long, based on how the virus is spreading and the characteristics of their health systems. “We are hopeful that with this guidance, countries will be better able to tailor their ...

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Guyana welcomes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony is welcoming today’s announcement by Pfizer and BioNTech that they have produced a vaccine that’s 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infections. The vaccine is still undergoing Phase 3 trials, and Dr. Anthony says the key is how long the vaccine will be effective for. “As to how long that immunity will last and once the ...

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Occupational Safety and Health officers being trained in foreign languages

Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton says Labour and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Officers are being taught to speak and read foreign languages to ensure effective communication with the workforce. Just back from a two-day visit to Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), he says 24 employees of the Labour Ministry have already started learning Portuguese. He says training will also be available ...

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Overseas-based Guyanese can help craft national development plan- new US think-tank study; Guyana gets low marks

A new study by the Washington DC-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has given the Guyana government low marks for harnessing the Diaspora, and recommends that every effort be made to encourage overseas-based Guyanese to  craft and implement a national development plan. In a report titled “The Guyanese Diaspora”, the Americas Division of the think-tank says the return ...

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Guyana’s coronavirus death toll now 111, amid poor enforcement of measures

Guyana’s coronavirus death toll on Sunday afternoon stood at 111, even as the country grapples with lax enforcement of measures to help curb the further spread of the virus. The Ministry of Health said the latest fatality is a 78-year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini) who died while receiving care at “our medical facility.” Earlier Sunday, authorities reported that the ...

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BREAKING: Guyana’s coronavirus death toll reaches 102

Guyana’s death toll from the coronavirus has now reached 102 as two more persons were reported to have died from the virus, the Ministry of Public Health reports. The latest fatalities are a 28-year-old male from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and a 57-year-old male from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). Both persons died while receiving care at a government medical facility on Thursday ...

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GPSU, gov’t make progress in resolving some nurses’ concerns -Dr. Westford

Government advisor, Dr. Jennifer Westford on Wednesday night said a joint committee with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has been making progress in resolving several issues that are facing nurses but she acknowledged that the demand for COVID-19 risk allowances to be paid to all nurses has not been resolved. “The real issues they were complaining of, I have ...

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Former PNCR leader hospitalised with COVID-19

Former leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Robert Corbin has been hospitalised with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, well-placed sources said. The sources said he was admitted on Tuesday and his condition is listed as stable. He is warded at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. He is 72 years old. Mr Corbin is a former Deputy Prime ...

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Govt, GPSU agree to suspend nurses’ industrial unrest

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and the Guyana government on Wednesday agreed to suspend industrial unrest by nurses to pave the way for negotiations between the two sides over the next two weeks, according to well-placed sources. The agreement was inked by GPSU Vice President Dawn Gardener and government representative, Dr. Jennifer Westford. Details of the accord were not ...

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Govt deploys Dr. Jennifer Westford to meet with restive nurses

Executive members of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), accompanied by government representative Dr. Jennifer Westford, on Monday continued to meet nurses at hospitals in a bid to resolve a bitter dispute over COVID-19 risk allowances and so stave off a strike from Wednesday, sources said. Dr. Westford, a medical doctor by profession, reportedly met with nurses at the West ...

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