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Health Minister debunks PNCR’s concerns about COVID pandemic

The opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Wednesday raised a range of concerns including a lack of information about the variants of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Guyana, but the Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony said all the available evidence points to the presence of the highly contagious Omicron variant. While the PNCR has said that a number of the ...

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Health sector contingency plan as doctors, nurses among rising COVID cases

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony on Tuesday said doctors and  nurses are among those afflicted  by what appears to to be the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, COVID-19, but he assured Guyanese that there is a countrywide contingency plan should more health workers become sickened. “Currently we have enough staff to manage,” he told Demerara Waves Online ...

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Highly contagious COVID variant, Omicron, possibly in Guyana- Health Minister

As the number of daily coronavirus cases continues to increase, Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony said it appears that the highly contagious COVID variant, Omicron, is in Guyana. “We suspect that we might have the Omicron variant that is in circulation in Guyana because, based on these numbers, we know that in other countries with Omicron, it is highly contagious ...

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Evidence of suspected arson at Georgetown Public Hospital’s heart diagnosis facility

The Georgetown Public Hospital’s heart diagnosis facility was Saturday morning- New Year’s- destroyed by fire but none of the patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) was injured by the blaze suspected to be the work of arsonists, a senior official said. Acting Chief Executive Officer of  the GPHC,  Robert Rambarran told Demerara Waves ...

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Churches, bars, restaurants can open until 12:45 AM/ 00:45 hours on Jan 1- COVID Task Force

The National COVID Task Force has decided to allow churches, bars and restaurants to open until 12:45 AM/ 00:45 hours New Year’s Day only. “The National COVID-19 Task Force has noted a great demand by sections of the public to celebrate the holidays in the traditional ways during the festive season,” the Task Force said in a statement late Thursday ...

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Eureka Medical Labs launches secure, confidential Online Patient Portal

In its quest to ensure continuous, efficient and reliable medical services to all, Eureka Medical Laboratories (EML) on  Tuesday launched its Online Patient Portal. “This new portal, which was officially introduced to clients and stakeholders by way of a virtual Zoom launch, allows patients who use the Lab’s service to view their results online,” EML said. The Board of Directors ...

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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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March 2023