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Director of Food and Drugs Dept stripped of responsibilities

The Director of the Ministry of Health’s Food and Drugs Department Dr. Marlan Cole was Friday officially stripped of his responsibilities and reassigned in what is being regarded as a demotion. “You are instructed to meet with the  Chief Medical Officer and the Director of Standards and Technical Services to discuss your scope of work, the specifics of your new ...

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No more COVID location forms at airports; more rules to be relaxed- Ali

Ahead of the reduction of more COVID-19 measures, President Irfaan Ali on Sunday said arriving passengers at Guyana’s two international airports would no longer have to fill out COVID location forms. He said passengers no longer needed to fill up COVID locator forms and have them stamped at the Health Desk before going to immigration, in response to complaints by ...

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Guyana embarks on targeted campaign to counter vaccine hesitancy

Guyana, with international assistance, on Monday launched a campaign to counter pockets of hesitancy in taking COVID-19 vaccines because the fight against the potentially deadly virus is not over. Health workers are being trained by providing information and knowledge about the vaccines so that they could return to communities and tackle vaccine misinformation among those who are reluctant to take ...

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Curfew scrapped but limits imposed on certain activities

Although the COVID-19 curfew has been discontinued with immediate effect, the Official Gazette continues to prohibit a range of activities including parties but allows certain activities for a maximum of 10 persons. The new order made under the Public Health Ordinance, like the previous orders, states that no person shall, host, attend or visit a private party, banquet, ball or ...

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It’s official: The COVID curfew lifted

As expected, the COVID-19 curfew was Friday lifted by the National Task Force,  less than one day after President Irfaan Ali indicated that that would have been done. “The national curfew has been  lifted with immediate effect,” the Task Force said. The Task Force, which has for several months been struggling to enforce the measures adequately across Guyana, said that ...

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Law now governs human organ and tissue transplantation including blood transfusion

Guyana now has law that governs human organ transplantation and provides for stiff penalties to punish anyone engaged in the trade in organs. “This Bill makes it compulsory for anyone who would be donating must give consent. Consent is a fundamental component of this Bill,” Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said in his contribution to the Human Organ and Tissue ...

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Futsal organisers “can” be punished for violating COVID rules- Prime Minister

Prime Minister Mark Phillips on Tuesday only said that the organisers of the Futsal football game at the National Sports Hall “can” be punished for breaching the COVID guidelines but he dodged the question on whether sanctions would be imposed. “The government granted approval for these activities with the understanding that the organisers will follow established protocols …failing which we ...

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PNCR accuses govt of helping to spread COVID-19

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Sunday condemned the Guyana government’s approval of events with large gatherings, although thousands of Guyanese are being infected with the coronavirus. The Prime Minister, Mark Phillips, who chairs the National COVID Task Force, when contacted, said “we will investigate and issue a press statement later.” The PNC accused the government of giving the ...

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COVID Surge: Teachers’ Union asks Ministry of Education to close schools for 14 days

The Guyana Teachers’ Union on Saturday officially asked the Ministry of Education to close schools for 14 days from next week Monday because of the surge in COVID cases to allow for a careful assessment of the situation. In a separate letter to teachers, GTU President Mark Lyte told them that Monday has been designated “Isolation Day” on which no ...

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Health Minister appeals: “Stay home” if you’re COVID positive as surge continues

The Ministry of Health says there are now 967 new COVID cases, amid informed speculation that the highly contagious Omicron variant is in Guyana, a situation that has prompted an appeal for isolated persons to stay home. Official statistics also show that 3,374 persons have now been told to isolate themselves at home to prevent the virus from spreading further. ...

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March 2023