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Date: 23 Oct 17 06:25pm
Region records 400, 000 flu victims, 19 swine flu deathsApproximately 400, 000 cases of influenza type illnesses were reported as at the end of last year within the Caribbean Region, particularly among CAREC member states. This development, Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, said, is an indication that Acute Respiratory Infections have been a major problem in the Caribbean.Minister Ramsammy (at centre of head table) addresses a press conference yesterdayHe revealed that about 50, 000 of the 400, 000 odd cases had emanated from Guyana in wake of the threat of the HINI virus commonly referred to as the Swine Flu which was first discovered last year in Mexico.Just a few days ago it was reported that confirmed deaths resulting from the HINI virus globally had mounted to about 13, 000. And according to Minister Ramsammy, the Region of the Americas probably has accounted for the most deaths when compared to the other regions of the world.“There are approximately 7, 000 of the number of cases that have been confirmed in the Americas. This is not a trivial public health event we have. So we should be cautious in the sense that in addition to those confirmed deaths many other deaths are suspected HINI deaths.”The Minister acknowledged yesterday that there has been a level of under-reporting of the virus, a fact that most countries in the Americas have conceded to. He attributed this state of affairs to the realisation that health officials have not been seeking laboratory confirmation for all suspected HINI cases.“This is true throughout the world and in some cases countries have even stopped checking unless there are very severe cases. But not all cases are tested to enable laboratory confirmation for various reasons, ” Dr Ramsammy speculated.He said that among the 21 CAREC member states, as at last Friday, 1, 435 confirmed cases were reported. Of this amount, he said, 29 emanated from Guyana. However, Cheap MLB Jerseys, he noted that the number of specimens tested has far exceeded that number. It has been deduced further that 19 deaths had occurred in six of these countries namely: Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Suriname, St Kitts and St Lucia. Guyana, according to the Minister, has not yet reported any HINI deaths.The Minister’s disclosures came yesterday during a press conference, which was held ahead of the commencement of a HINI training workshop at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory.The week-long activity will be facilitated by representatives from the United States Centres for Disease Control (CDC).Dr Ramsammy divulged that one of the reasons that all suspected cases were not tested was because of limited capacity. He admitted that currently there is a weak capacity in the region of the Americas, particularly among CAREC member states.“When we started out after the first report out of Mexico we were all dependent on the US CDC for testing. Then that capacity grew so that CAREC developed the capacity for testing but to this day CAREC with the responsibility for testing for 21 member states has limited capacity.”Minister Ramsammy disclosed that the number of specimens a single member state can submit at any one time is restricted to a mere six. Many countries have been confronted with this challenge, the Minister said, even as he noted that Belize has recently approached Guyana for help in this regard.And help may very well be available sooner than later since in addition to having a Real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction equipped laboratory and the commencement of HINI training for staffers within the Reference Centre, the Georgetown Public Hospital and other public health facilities, measures are being put in place for local testing.And this development in the health sector, the Minister said is now becoming a reality because of the assistance of two of the most important public health technical agencies in the Region, PAHO and CDC. Support from PEPFAR he said has also been instrumental.In anticipation of the improved HINI testing capacity, clinicians, according to Dr Ramsammy, have surveillance in place targeting influenza like illnesses across the country which will be reported to the health ministry on a daily basis.“We are improving our algorithm for testing and so now we will have our results in time. That has been one problem we faced…sending out specimens for testing but not in real time. We got results after the fact. We hope that now that we will be able to get results in real time.”For the moment all tests will be undertaken free of charge, a practice the Minister is hopeful will be sustained once the system is not overwhelmed with too many influenza type illnesses.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 06:25pm
Suriname (CMC) – The Suriname Government says while Guyanese bus drivers have the right to operate in the country, Wholesale NBA Jerseys China, they must first apply for the necessary licence to do so.The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Tourism (TCT) made the announcement after bus drivers earlier this month called on the authorities to find a solution to the problem where Guyanese bus drivers transporting passengers to the Suriname-Guyana border now travel to the capital, Paramaribo.The TCT said that it has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help arrange a meeting with its transport counterparts in Guyana and that it has also requested information from the Guyana embassy about what is required from Surinamese bus drivers who want to take passengers beyond the western border.Bus drivers in Suriname blocked the road to and from South Drain where the Canawaima Ferry berths in District Nickerie, two weeks ago, protesting the action of their Guyanese counterparts.The bus owners said that they have been complaining of unfair competition from the Guyanese drivers for four years and it was time for the government to take action.The Canawaima Ferry Service began operations on November 1, 1998, transporting vehicles, passengers and cargo from South Drain in District Nickerie over the Corantijn River to Moleson Creek in Guyana.The ferry provides for lively traffic between the two countries, with buses loading up hundreds of people in the capitals Paramaribo and Georgetown daily, to take them to the borders. Buses are not supposed to cross over with passengers though.But the local bus drivers complain that at least six Guyanese drivers who come over with the ferry daily charge their passengers to take them all the way to the capital.The TCT said that it would update the bus drivers this week about their options.It said that when Suriname joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), it amended its public transportation legislations so bus owners from other member states of the regional bloc could also operate in Suriname.But the TCT said that before foreign bus owners are allowed on the roads in Suriname, they first have to apply for a permit and their vehicle inspected to ensure that they meet the requirements for operating on the roads.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 06:25pm
-‘he didn’t look as if he could harm a fly’Accused child killer John Blanchard was only placed in isolation at the Camp Street Prison after receiving a second vicious beating at the hands of some inmates, Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys, an official confirmed yesterday.According to reports, Blanchard, currently on remand for the murder of two of his three children, Belika and Daniel Blanchard, was attacked and beaten by fellow inmates on Friday evening. This occurred even as news broke that the third child, had succumbed in the GPHC’s Intensive Care Unit.He was treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, before being taken back to the Camp Street penitentiary.At around 19:30 hours on Saturday, he sustained another thrashing at the hands of other prisoners.Director of Prisons Mr. Dale Erskine has confirmed that early Sunday morning Blanchard was released back into the prison care and he was finally placed into isolation. He noted that both incidents will be investigated and if necessary charges will be instituted.Meanwhile, residents of Soesdyke held a vigil on Saturday for the three slain children, two of whom attended the St. Mary’s Primary School in Soesdyke. This publication was told that classes in the school have been disrupted as a result of the tragedy.One teacher said the students of his class have been unable to focus on their class-work.“Not only their class mates are traumatized but other children of the school who knew the children, ” he said.Yet another said he was forced to abandoned classes after he realized that most of his class was in tears, and for the remainder of the week the children all seem traumatized.This has now raised the question from residents in the area about counselling being made available for the students.Some residents who gathered at the vigil said this has been one of the most horrific incidents to have occurred in the community in recent times.Teachers of the school recalled seeing the father at the school the day prior to the incident when he paid a visit to check on his daughters’ performance. Some speculated as to what could have triggered such a barbaric act.“He seemed pretty interested in the children. He seemed very caring and calm…he didn’t even look as if he could harm a fly, ” another teacher lamented.“I can’t believe this these children are dead, most days you would see this man with his children taking them to the creek or to school. He always with them, something had to have gone wrong that night” another resident lamented. Many who spoke of Blanchard described him as a ‘very humble and quiet’ person who never showed any signs of being a violent person.Murder accused John Blanchard and his wife Onica Blanchard and their three children.While some shared their sentiments of anger others called on the relevant authorities to offer the help he needs.“The system will not help this man. It’s clear that he needs help. Locking him up in prison will not help him. Something went wrong…he appeared to have been more interested in these children’s wellbeing than the mother”.Some residents expressed the view that there is more to the story and even expressed the view that the mother should have been investigated for possible neglect as it has been reported that on more than one occasion she left their home and her children in the care of other persons.On Tuesday evening last Blanchard reportedly flew into a rage following a phone call with his wife, Onica Blanchard, who had left their home in search of a job in Mahdia.The man reportedly stabbed and chopped his three children two of whom died before reaching the hospital. The third died on Saturday.Blanchard has since been charged with the murders of Belika and Daniel and is expected to be charged for the murder of Joy. A post mortem examination is expected to be performed on Joy’s remains.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 06:25pm
– legal official The recent spate of persons being attacked with corrosive substances is causing concern for both the police and the judiciary. Although there are severe penalties for the “throwing of corrosive” substances some of the cases are often difficult to prosecute because the identification process may be lacking. One source within the judiciary told Kaieteur News that although the law makes provision for persons to receive “stiff” jail sentences, not many of the victims can identify their attacker (s).Acid victim Shazaad ShaeedIdentification, according to the source, is something which holds the case together in order to get a conviction. The source went on to explain that depending on the severity of the attack, the matter can be dealt with either in the Magistrate’s court or the High court. The source further told Kaieteur News that in most cases the perpetrator is not located.One businessman who operates a jewelry establishment explained that the purchase of acid is really done by a licensed goldsmith. The businessman explained that only a few pharmacies would sell acid. He said that although there is some amount of strictness regarding the sale, there are some instances of slippages.The businessman noted that persons can also acquire acid from any mechanic. He explained that most mechanics have in their possession a “car battery”. The businessman explained that most car batteries are lead-acid batteries which are made up of plates of lead and separate plates of lead dioxide, which are submerged into an electrolyte solution of about 38 percent sulfuric acid and 62 percent water.Back in 2008, Attorney-at-Law Gaumattiie Singh was hospitalized suffering from severe burns about her face and body following a brazen acid attack. The attack occurred while she and her husband were heading home in their car.Seven years ago, Cheap NFL Jerseys, Sussex Street resident Ron Robin was also disfigured in a similar manner.  The alleged attacker also injured Robin’s reputed wife, Melissa Rogers. His attacker was nabbed several years after the incident and was charged.East Coast Demerara resident Shazaad Shaeed, was allegedly disfigured by an acquaintance of a neighbour who had continuously tormented his family.One of his relatives had told Kaieteur News that police had detained a suspect but then released him on $50, 000 station bail.More recently, someone also threw a corrosive substance in the face of a Kitty businesswoman.The woman believes that the attack was in direct retaliation to the action that she and some other neighbours took against the owner of a popular establishment that is situated opposite her home.Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Assistant Treasurer Pretipaul Jaigobin was disfigured a few years ago. Back in 2002, 17 year old Samantha Walton was burned to the face with acid. The attack left her blind in both eyes. Her assailant is still at large.Several years ago 34-year-old Triumph, East Coast Demerara guard Alana Yaw was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) after her former boyfriend doused her with acid. According to relatives, the woman was on her way home from when the incident occurred.Yaw’s relatives said they were told by eyewitnesses that Yaw was walking along Hendricks Street, Triumph when the 46-year-old man emerged from his hiding place between two food shops, grabbed Yaw by the hand and threw the acid over her head.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 06:24pm
Government is moving ahead with plans to restore birth certificate records dating back almost 100 years ago.Answering questions on Monday during the 2015 National Budget considerations, Minister with responsibilities of Citizenship, Winston Felix, explained that part of a $183M allocation this year will go to restoring records of the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) starting as far back as 1920.The restoration of the birth certificate records, which will include an eventual digitalization, will eventually be placed online for internal use and likely for wider possibilities.Minister Winston Felix and his team answering questions from the Opposition on the 2015 National Budget.It is a known fact the GRO’s office at the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) building in Robb Street is filled with valuable records dating back for more than a century.Records have gone missing and added to that there is the growing fear of a possible fire.The Department of Citizenship was created under the David Granger administration shortly after it took office in May. Applications for citizenship and for visas had been the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs until it was removed.According to Felix, GRO has now rented an additional part of the GPOC building to help in the restoration project.As part of the short-term plan, Felix disclosed there is a project to build a network in the Department of Citizenship, Cheap NFL Jerseys, with $11M to be spent on this and other items to modernize the office.
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