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215 now dead from COVID-19

The number of persons who have died from COVID-19 in Guyana has increased to 215. This,  with the passing of a 70-year old man, the Health Ministry said Sunday. The Health Ministry says he lived in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) which continues to record the highest number of cases since the pandemic struck the country in March last year.  Of the ...

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Social workers need legal regulation, more involvement in policy making

Two Social Work academics are recommending that a law be enacted to regulate Social Work practice and that Social Workers and the wider society do more to recognise and involve practitioners in project formulation and implementation. Appearing on News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM to mark World Social Work Day 2021, Doctoral candidate in Social Policy, Mrs. Dionne Frank  advocated for ...

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300,000 COVID-19 vaccines expected; virus hotspots in Kitty, Diamond- Health Minister

As Guyana’s vaccination exercise continues apace, Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony on Friday said surveillance teams have identified COVID-19 clusters in Kitty, Georgetown and Diamond, East Bank Demerara. In his latest weekday briefing on the virus in Guyana, he said the increased number of cases, now totaling 420, is from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). “In Region Four, in the area of ...

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Health Ministry wary of taking whimsical action against Linden Hospital CEO

The Health Ministry is cautious about whimsically removing the Chief Executive Officer of the Linden Hospital Complex, Rudy Small although he has admitted to making disparaging remarks about nurses there, Ministerial Advisor Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said Thursday. “Whenever there is a complaint, we have to discuss it. We can’t just send staff (off) because then where do we stop. Tomorrow, ...

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Linden Hospital nurses now demand Matron’s removal because of no solidarity

As the standoff continues between the Health Ministry and nurses at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) over the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rudy Small, the healthcare workers now want the Matron to be removed. “We unequivocally state that we cannot comfortably function as responsible healthcare workers with Mr. Small and Mrs. Jones at the helm of LHC,” the nurses said ...

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COVID deaths jump to 208

Guyana has now recorded 208 deaths from the coronavirus, even as eight others are now seriously ill in the Intensive  Care Unit (ICU), the Health Ministry said Monday afternoon. Latest available figures show that the total number of hospitalised persons is 37. Another 324 persons have been ordered to isolate themselves at home by doctors. Fifteen others have been quarantined ...

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Linden Hospital nurses refuse to stop industrial action unless CEO is removed- GPSU

Nurses on Monday refused to stop blocking the Chief Executive Officer of the Linden Hospital Complex, Mr. Rudy Small from entering the premises unless the Health Ministry removes him from office and disciplines him for unsavory remarks about health care workers there. The Health Ministry has already deemed the action by the nurses as an “illegal” strike and has refused ...

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US PEPFAR funds US$1.5 million in life-saving meds for 8,000 HIV positive Guyanese

About 8,700 persons in Guyana who are living with HIV are to get life-saving medication through additional funding from the United States. The Ministry of Health says the medication will be funded by the US$1.5 million United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The ministry says Currently, an estimated 73 percent of Guyanese who know their HIV status ...

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Proprietors of Sleep-In, Club Privilege among several arrested for breaching COVID-19 rules- police

The proprietors of Sleep-In Hotel and Club Altitude were among several persons arrested overnight for allegedly breaching the COVID-19 curfew and they were all released on station bail pending charges. Proprietor of Sleep-In Bar & Casino, Clifton Bacchus and two bartenders as well as eight men and two women were arrested from that location on Church Street. Also arrested were ...

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