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Health sector workers charged with COVID vaccination card forgeries

Three health  sector workers have been charged in connection with forged vaccination cards and were granted a total of $450,000 bail, the Guyana Police Force said. The law enforcement agency said 32-year old Screening Personnel Andel Valentine of Lot 2136 La Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara and 29-year old Nurse Teneka Pollard of Lot 109 Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara ...

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Possession of ecstasy, other designer drugs to be illegal

The possession of designer drugs such as ecstasy, methamphetamines and other ‘designer drugs would now be made illegal with an amendment to the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act , amid increasing use of these substances by youths. “This will ensure that persons in possession of these substances will be charged and prosecuted accordingly,” according to the explanatory memorandum. Experts say ...

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Mission launched to find, treat HIV positive persons

More Guyanese living with HIV/AIDS are taking vaccines for COVID-19 and overall the Health Ministry has devised a new strategy to ensure that Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) take their antiviral medications, Health Ministry officials said on Wednesday. “The numbers are still a little bit low and we need to improve those numbers to make sure that every single HIV ...

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Number of COVID-positive pregnant women increases; time for pregnant women to get vaccinated- Health Minister

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony wants more pregnant women to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, COVID-19, as many of them are ending up in hospital with the viral disease. “The point here is that the majority of the patients that we have at the Ocean View Hospital now are because they are pregnant and they are positive for COVID and ...

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UN Refugee agency, Guyana govt dispatch relief, improved sanitation to malnourished, sickened Venezuelan migrants

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Guyana government are rushing food and medical care to Anabisi where more about 250 Warraus, including many malnourished children, from neighbouring Venezuela are squatting. Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said after doctors checked more than  25 children and 42 adults on Saturday, diagnosed and treated many of them for skin ...

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Guyana announces COVID vaccine booster shots

Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony on Monday announced the combination formulas for  booster shots of COVID vaccines especially for persons whose body defence systems are vulnerable to infections and have non-communicable diseases like diabetes. “This is the regimen that we’ll be using so anyone who wants to get their booster can come ti anyone of our facilities and ask for ...

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Children’s rights NGO welcomes govt’s emergency response to malnourished children

The non-governmental children’s welfare organisation, Blossom, on Sunday welcomed government’s medical assistance to dozens of sick and malnourished Venezuelan Indigenous Warrau children living on the edge of the Port Kaituma River. “I’m very happy that the Warrau people are receiving the support that they need,” said Head of Blossom, Ayodele Dalgety-Dean. She said Blossom “works ethically” and the the national ...

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Venezuelan Warraus not facing starvation – Human Services Minister but PM’s Office says they arrived in “poor health and without food”

Human Services Minister Dr. Vindhya Persaud has denied claims that more than 20 children at Anabisi are weak, sick and frail due to starvation, but has instead said they have been afflicted by disease. “We arrived at the Warrau settlement and found poor living conditions but no children dying of starvation as was portrayed by the media and on social ...

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Gov’t insists frail Venezuelan Indigenous Indians are receiving aid; doctors deployed, food resupplied to Port Kaituma area

Despite the surfacing of pictures of Indigenous Indian children, who were this week found sick and emaciated in Guyana’s North-West District, Prime Minister Mark Phillips on Saturday stressed that the migrants have been receiving government assistance for more than one year now. “Even before we assumed office and from August the 2nd (2020) to now, we have continued to send ...

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Amerindians hit by starvation in Region One

More than three dozen starved and emaciated Amerindian children have been found at Anabisi, Port Kaituma, North West District, officials said Saturday. The non-governmental organisation, Blossom, saw the children and so far two have been flown to the city for emergency medical care and one is receiving care at a nearby hospital in the Region One area. Officials said the ...

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