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Date: 25 May 17 09:09am
Wednesday evening a private owned pontoon came to the rescue of the stranded truckers at the Parika Stelling. However, the pontoon couldnât transport all 35 trucks but 12 of them and two Canters and an excavator finally got to go home.Thursday night, the MV Torani began transportation services and was transporting about seven trucks and 10 small vehicles. However, eight truckers had to endure another day at the Stelling, making it a week stranded.Although, the pontoon and the MV Torani are working, there are still a considerable number of trucks at the Stelling because many who were carrying goods to Georgetown have returned and there is a backlog of about 20 vehicles.Mr. Mohan Lall, who was one of the fortunate truckers to finally get home by boarding the Torani, said that a comrade of his, Mr. Rajesh Rampersaud, Cheap Jerseys From China, has informed him that there is a backlog of about 50 trucks on the Essequibo Coast.On Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon said that there will continue to be a problem because of the docking of one of the ferry vessels.
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Date: 25 May 17 09:08am
By Sharmain CornetteAlthough operational challenges abound at the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI), there will be no limitations to the surgical services offered there, according to Head of the Institute, Dr Gary Stephens.The Heart Institute was commissioned at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in 2006 and has since been facilitating cardiac operations to ailing members of the public, thus reducing to some extent the amount of persons seeking overseas medical attention in this regard.But while it was anticipated that there would have been challenges to maintain such a crucial process, Dr Stephens noted that in retrospect some are in fact far worse than was initially expected.âThe challenges are many at CHI; some were not anticipated, NFL Jerseys From China, some I knew about but some have been worse than I thought they would be. But we are here to stay. I know that we will overcome the challenges because we are already doing a good job at that, â the doctor related.Dr Stephens, who is a Guyanese by birth but practises and resides in the United States, has been returning to Guyana every three months to perform surgical interventions with the assistance of his team, which is made up mainly of overseas-based medical professionals.Power OutagesAccording to Dr Stephens, the issue of power outages during operations has been one of the major concerns that have been gaining his attention ever since he commenced cardiac operations here.He said that CHI has been forced to invest substantial amounts of money to procure equipment to address the problem.He explained that if the supply of electricity to the heart/lung pump which keeps patients alive during operations is affected, it could very well result in the death of that patient.âWe have had so many experiences with that, that now we have invested money in equipment to help stabilise our operating room.âIt is not a matter of switching over to a generator; the power to the heart/lung pump just cannot stop. You canât wait for a switch overâ¦By the time somebody runs there to fire up a generator and whatever else has to be done a patient could die.âPeople could die in two or three minutes if there is no blood flow to their brain, â Dr Stephens noted.With the procurement of the equipment, the supply of electricity to the CHI operating theatre remains undisturbed even if there is a power outage. âWhen the power goes off it will still continue to run the entire operating room for an hour. The lights do not even blink; our equipment just keeps the pump and everything going while we figure out what we need to do.âCost of operationsThe need to invest on a regular basis to ensure that the service offered at CHI is of an optimal quality has resulted in the constant review of the costs of operations, Dr Stephens divulged.âIt is very tough on us when we have to fix a cost and then we have to keep investing every time something comes up. We have to try and beat all the problems by investing more and more.âHe recounted that the cost of operations was revised last year when the price of fuel had skyrocketed. According to him, the cost of shipping had increased and the price for some medical items such as catheters that are petroleum based had been augmented as well.âWhen the price goes up somebody has to pay and so when we increase our cost people want to know what is happening. We canât go to Laparkan and tell them to ship our stuff for free. I donât want to do that. They have a business to run and I should be able to pay them for the service they provide.âHowever, Dr Stephens did note that Government has been instrumental in easing the burden of the increased cost of operation by allowing CHI to import its equipment duty free.He said that CHI came into being following negotiations and an understanding with Government whereby health care will be made available to the local public at a reduced cost if certain things were made readily available.Use of facilityCurrently there is a waiting list of about more than 30 persons in need of cardiac operations but according to Dr Stephensâs observation there appears to be some lack of confidence in the Institute.âThere is something in our society; it is almost like people donât have confidence in what we doâ¦I look at myself and I think I work in the United States and I think I went to some decent schools and when I give an opinion I donât care where you are; in my line of work if I tell you âyou are not a candidate for surgeryâ I believe that the majority of centres that you go to will tell you the same thing.âHowever, the cardiac surgeon opined that there are a number of instances that even after receiving an opinion from the CHI some local persons would still opt to travel to Trinidad and Barbados or even further afield, and even to medical persons who are less trained, to be told they are not a candidate for surgery. âThat is frustration of itselfâ¦It drives me nuts.âDr Stephens noted that even after three years of operating in Guyana he finds it strange that many persons are still oblivious of CHIâs existence.According to him, he has been informed on a number of occasions that persons have had heart attacks and died because their families were not aware of the capabilities of the CHI.âI am not sure why people donât know about us, probably because we donât advertise but we had purposely chosen not to advertise because we donât think the system can handle that. We always thought that the people who really need us would find us but that hasnât always been the case; some people who donât even really need us they find us.âReferralsAccording to Dr Stephens, he has been made to understand that for some reason or the other there are a number of persons who are unstable after having heart attacks in area hospitals, although the CHI could deal with such problems.âWe have the ability here to stabilise them. We are the only institution with a Heart/Lung Machine, the only Intra-aortic Balloon pump that we can use to stabilise people yet still persons are sent to private hospitals. I donât like to question peopleâs motiveâ¦but I donât know why patients end up in these institutions and some of them die.âDr Stephens said that since heart disease is such a huge problem in the society there is need for direct government intervention in the interest of patients.He pointed out that Government has to be able to have officers dispatched to various hospitals on a regular basis to check the quality and standard of care since, according to him, âevery hospital is not really a hospital.ââWe get echocardiogram reports from patients here that are just ridiculous and they (some hospitals) are charging people so much money. I feel bad because when I see these reports I have to tell them (patients) they have to do it over. Government has to have oversight; they have to go into these hospitals and say this is the standard and if you canât produce an echocardiogram report with certain qualities then you canât do it and if you do it you will be sanctioned.âDr Stephensâs concerns come at a time when Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy has upped the ante against laboratories and hospitals that do not operate in accordance with certain standards and regulations.This month end has been marked as the deadline for local laboratories to comply with the Health Facilities Licensing Act, which is based on the GYS170 standard that will govern the conditions under laboratories should operate.âI want to say unequivocally that we will not be tolerating any of those laboratories that have not started the process of being licensed under GYS170.That is the law and when it comes to the law I am not merely strongly advocating, it is the legal requirementâ¦, â said Minister Ramsammy recently.The Minister warned that if the owners and operators of laboratories fail to comply and have not at least started the process to ensure that their operation is in compliance with that required by the Standard, they must also prepare to close their doors.
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Date: 25 May 17 09:07am
â only Cuban Doctors workingBy Rabindra RooplallAfter many complaints from patients who visit the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, Kaieteur News decided to investigate some of the complaints.Arriving at 7:26 hrs Monday, the benches were packed and persons were standing in front the entrance of the Center awaiting the arrival of the doctors, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, who are suppose to start working from eight hours, I was told.However, while standing I noticed a group of person also gathering at the pharmacy entrance at the side of the building, and I proceeded to inquire of the procedure. I was told that I had to collect a number from the security at the gate; that number was 77.Minutes after the ninth hour a Cuban optometrist walked out the hospital, and attended to a line of patients. He told them to return on August 24. Clearly he could not comprehend English properly, since he asked the female guard to decipher what a patient was explaining to him. Nevertheless, he issued another date and proceeded into the hospital.Clearly after the humidity intensified, the persons and patients identified to visit the doctor were beginning to become frustrated, especially those who were standing.There were many mothers with their children to visit the doctor. One frustrated woman stated, âSome people send others to just come early the day before and collect a number for somebody elseâ¦so when they family come they already got an early number and still got to wait.âIt was 10 hrs and I enquired from the security why is the line taking so long. I was told that there was a meeting between the doctors. However, when I further enquired from sources within the hospital I was told that only Cuban Doctors are attending to patients.  âWhenever there is a big crowd they get together and set out how to deal with it.âWhen I asked the source if there was enough staff it was revealed that âthere is a shortage of doctors and all the English-speaking ones were transferred to other clinics and that some are on leave.âFinally the number six was called.  How far away my number 77 was? I wondered what if my situation was dire, what would have happened to me?  And yes there were people crying while awaiting the call of their number.All the numbers were eventually called and persons were registered to visit the doctor. Now the real waiting began and the entire day finishes. When I left the Diamond Diagnostic Centre no one was seen and I stayed in contact with someone at the centre. I called at 14:06 hrs and the situation I was
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Date: 25 May 17 09:07am
Minister of Education, David Njoku Jersey, Shaik Baksh, has concerns about the five year strategic plan of the University of Guyana, but he is not ready to make those concerns known just yet.Baksh told reporters that the plan is engaging the attention of the government and a decision regarding additional funding for the University is pending.The plan calls for more funding from government and increases to tuition fees.While Baksh did not have a quarrel with the calls for additional funding, he said that the University has to move forward and has to be more relevant and meet the employment needs of the government and the private sector.He said that he was upset that the University went ahead and introduced a Masters Degree in Education without consulting the Ministry of Education regarding the current education programmes at the institution.Baksh said that his Ministry has taken a decision that until âwe can have all these issues clarified the Ministry will not support this programme.âEfforts have been made to ensure a change in the running of the institution and hopes this will come with key appointments, he added. President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Professor Compton Bourne, was appointed as the new Chancellor of the University of Guyana in August last year.He is the eighth person to hold this post and his appointment was unanimously approved by the Council of the University. He replaced Dr Bertrand Ramcharan, who served between 2004 and 2007.At his installation ceremony in early December last year, Bourne, a recipient of this countryâs highest national award, promised to move the institution (UG) forward in keeping with the realities of the modern era.He said the strategic plan will be the basis for which the turnaround plan for the institution will be based. Bourne said that he has held talks with President Bharrat Jagdeo on the future of the University and expressed confidence that actions can be forthcoming as early as this month.Bourne called for more funding by government and the business community, particular for research, saying it was inexcusable for any academic institution not to have an active research programme. He said absence of this will see the university and the Caribbean region lagging behind other countries that are investing in the said area, Bourne asserted.The University recently appointed a new Vice Chancellor, Lawrence Carrington, who has also called for greater funding for the University.Annual funding by the government to the University covers capital works, recurrent expenditure. The government also provides funds to the Student Loan Agency, which affords students the option to take a loan to cover their tuition fees.
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Date: 25 May 17 09:06am
Had he not been given food and shelter by those at the Alpha Childrenâs Home in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Journalist, Leroy Smith believes that he would not have been alive today.Smith said that at age 28, he had seen his mother only four times.His maternal grandmother was his saviour and shining armor; she did everything she could to take care of her daughterâs five children.âI was the youngest, â he said, explaining that after a while, the pressure became too much for his old grandmother to handle, and that she needed help in taking care of her grandbabies.Her helplessness caused Leroy to be shipped from one home to another. âIt wasnât easy, â he said, noting that one day, his grandmother, the only woman who he has ever called âmommyâ met some persons from the Convalescent Home and explained her situation.âWhen she told them about us, they asked her to take the children for them to see us. One of the nurses liked my sister and she took her into her care.âLeroyâs innocent smile captured the eyes of another nurse named Jennifer Marshall, who not only welcomed him into her Ogle, East Coast Demerara home, but also wholeheartedly accepted him into her life.Leroy started attending school and all was going well; his grandmother would frequently visit and take him to visit his siblings wherever they were staying.He was happy, but this was short lived.âMs. Marshall got through to go to Antigua, and I stayed with her sister for about a year, and then I was sent back to live with my grandmother.âIt was the first of several such situations that the little boy would face in the next few years.Returning to his grandmother, Leroy began attending Tucville Primary School. During that time, his older brother was living at the Alpha Childrenâs Home in New Amsterdam, Berbice.His brother had reached age to leave the home, and Leroyâs grandmother felt that the best thing she could do for her youngest grandson was to send him to a place where he could be properly taken care of.Leroy was nine years old when he became a resident of the Alpha Childrenâs Home; his memories arenât that vivid, but Leroy recalls that leaving his grandmother felt like they were millions of miles apart, and that he felt bad.A few weeks of living in the Alpha Childrenâs Home proved to be an eye-opener for Leroy; he became much more cognizant of his surroundings and the way people operate.Leroy said that he was forced to learn about life and the ways of the world from an early age; he knew that he would have to stand up for himself and be brave.Recalling his six years spent at the home, Leroy said that it was the best thing that has ever happened to him, stressing that âif it wasnât for me living in a home, I would not have been alive today.âHe added that it was never a boot camp, since the home had rules which would apply to any regular household.Leroy, Cheap Jerseys From China, who has been a reporter for eight years, said that he found it exciting; his friends all lived under the same roof, his tummy was always satisfied and he always had clothes to wear and supplies to attend school.Leroy said that the perception that people have about orphanages and childrenâs homes may not always be correct, since there are benefits to living in such institutions as opposed to living on the streets with no food, clothing or shelter.He recalls the home receiving donations and the goodies being stored in one room and loaned to the children.âIf we wore a shirt to go a function or so, we would have to come and put it back in the storeroom. Ms. Boyer used to joke âyal come tek off back the people clothes and put it up, â a smiling Leroy Smith said.He explained that an overseas church based in Atlanta catered for the needs of the home and its occupants.Leroy praised the caretaker of the home, Doreen Boyer. He describes her as a very strict woman who always ensured that the children were properly cared for.âI remember one time, we did something wrong, and a staff of the home punished us by sending us to bed hungry, when Ms. Boyer found out, the woman had to get up from her bed and cook for us. We finished having dinner around 10 pm that night, â Leroy said.He was fond of her, but after a while, she too exited Leroyâs life.A year before Leroy became eligible to leave the Alpha childrenâs Home at Berbice, he moved to another branch of the home at Atlantic Gardens on the East Coast of Demerara. Leroy moved back with his grandmother and completed school, securing satisfactory marks at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).The church also facilitated Leroyâs tertiary education.During his time studying, Leroy said that he opted to meet his father- Leroy Peters.  âI have met my mother four times in my whole lifeâ¦my grandmother had told me about my father and so I went to look for himâLeroy said that after meeting his father, he found out that he had three other brothers also named Leroy, and that he was the eldest.âWhen I met him, he explained to me why we had lost contact and so, and I think he wasnât wrongâ¦I also felt good that he named his other sons after me; I didnât feel forgotten, â a smiling Leroy Smith said.Leroy said that his experiences taught him not to depend on anyone for anything, so he opted to apply for a job.With the passing of his grandmother, a devastated Leroy knew that he had to make something of himself, not only for himself, but for his grandmother, who had always done the best she could for him.Leroyâs first job was as a technical operator at the National Communications Network. His aim was always to become a Reporter and after a few years of work this became a reality.Reflecting on what life wouldâve have been like without the guidance of his grandmother and the shelter of the childrenâs home, Leroy said that he would have been dead trying to do it alone.