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Date: 17 Apr 18 02:18am
Problems abound at Mabaruma Hospital…More than two years past its completion date, the Mabaruma Hospital recently opened its doors to treat patients in Region One, but a plethora of problems still exist in the newly constructed edifice, including a leaky roof.The Mabaruma HospitalThe Mabaruma Hospital project is a Basic Need Trust Fund scheme which is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency at an estimated cost of $98.3M, but there were two more substantial sums awarded subsequently.  The original contractor for the project is Roopan Ramotar also called ‘Fowl Cock’ with the construction foreman being David Ramnarine.The project began in 2006 with the demolition of the old hospital, and since stone and cement were not available in Mabaruma, these had to be sourced outside of Region One and ferried by the steamer that plies the route every two weeks.About 50 percent of the plate glass for the building reportedly broke during the trip, Cheap Jerseys, while the nurses’ hostel had to be converted to a hospital while the doctor occupied the Medex quarters.During the initial stages of the construction the contract held by Ramotar had to be terminated due to substandard works, and it is unclear whether he was ever penalized by the Health Ministry for this.This was in 2007, and despite the fact that Basic Needs Trust Fund was supervising the work, the government had to put up another $50M for the Mabaruma project.It is unclear what were the additional costs incurred or the reasons for the delay in the completion of the Hospital.In June 2007, Minister within the Health Ministry, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran had said while he could not definitively say what the final cost would be, an additional $80M was earmarked for the Lethem and Mabaruma hospitals with the major portion going towards the latter project. The Hospital is currently staffed by one doctor, two medexes as well as a few nurses, and a physiotherapist.Meanwhile, construction is yet to commence on the nurses’ hostel, despite the fact that money was budgeted for this purpose for some time now.At present the nurses’ hostel that once housed the hospital is abandoned and is rapidly deteriorating.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 02:18am
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) is now equipped to sterilizeUS$1.5M Hydroclave Sterilization facility300 kilogrammes of infectious waste daily – waste that would have otherwise been harmful to both human health and the environment.This is according to the hospital’s Safety Health Officer, Dylon Rachpaul. The hospital’s US$1.5M Hydroclave Sterilization facility became operational last Thursday, and is currently limited to processing infectious waste produced by GPHC.Other health facilities are expected to utilise this service within the next three months, since the GPHC wants to ensure the machine functions effectively, thus enabling management to ascertain its operational costs.Rachpaul noted that this project was initiated in 2008, with the World Bank providing US$1 million for the Hydroclave Sterilization System. The Hydroclave is essentially a double-walled cylindrical vessel, Deion Jones Falcons Jersey UK, horizontally mounted with two top loading doors and a smaller unloading one at the bottom.“After the infectious waste is sterilized in the cylindrical vessel it is placed on the conveyor and transported to the shredder where the materials are shredded and packed to be dumped at the landfill site…GHPC is currently building a conveyor to lead the shredded materials to the compactor, ” Rachpaul stated.He noted that funding provided by the World Bank was also used to purchase a waste collection truck to uplift infectious waste from other health facilities.Rachpaul emphasized that government also funded a substantial part of the project.To accommodate the installation of the machine, Government had to construct a 50 ft x 20 ft shed; an air-conditioned 20ft x 12ft waste holding facility; electrical works; a gantry to run a steam pipe; and a hot water system, to the tune of $25M. Nonetheless, additional costs were also incurred.The waste collection truckThough, not its primary purpose, the facility would also temporarily store infectious waste.“We have to pick-up the waste from hospitals with the truck. It is then transported to GPHC for processing…However, in case we bring it here and we are not using the vessels, the waste would be stored in the air-conditioned waste holding area which keeps the scent down, ” Rachpaul explained.The automated facility is operated by a trained technician who is assisted by two sanitation staff. According to the manual and Hydroclave Canada’s technician, the machine must be maintained weekly, Rachpaul stated.He added: “In the office we have a computerised management system which generates preventative maintenance for the Hydroclave system.”
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Date: 17 Apr 18 02:18am
– APNUA Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Friday, laid blame squarely at the government’s feet for some instances of non-completion of works and inadequate funding in Regions that are chaired by its members.At a press conference held at the APNU’s Hadfield Street, Georgetown headquarters, Region Four Chairman, Clement Corlette; Region Seven Chairman, Gordon Bradford, and Region Ten Chairman, Sharma Solomon, shared the spotlight with party executives Lance Carberry and Shadow Minister of Local Government, Ronald Bulkan.The APNU press briefing in session yesterdayThe forum was intended to highlight the experiences of APNU’s controlled Regional Democratic Council.According to Carberry, Government has over the years assumed a reputation for failing to release resources early enough to allow the opposition chaired regions to fully exploit their proposals for development.“They release resources very late in the year…and then at the end of the year because the programme has not been fully implemented, the Government then goes and claims that the Region is returning these resources.”Carberry explained that according to financial regulations any resource not used by the end of the year must be returned to the nation’s treasury.However, Carberry pointed to the fact that the Regions have this year conducted very careful programmes based on consultations with their constituents. He added that the Government is often guilty of frustrating such efforts by devises such as the late release of funds.He posited, too, that Government has in the past gone on recording claiming that “the Regions are incompetent because they haven’t implemented the programmes and it is really because of deliberate frustration by Government.”In presenting his Region Four budget plans Corlette said the experiences with the work of the Clerk/Regional Executive Officer currently leaves much to be desired.He said that the officer seems determined to promote his own agenda and is reluctant to account for expenditures not approved by the RDC.  The Regional Chairman also added that the officer “acts outside the mandate of the RDC on occasions and readily resist request to account.”He said that with regards to the 2013 Work Programme and Budget preparations, a cursory review of the decision of the RDC and the submissions forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for consideration indicated that the REO may have altered the projects the RDC approved and substituted his own request.According to Corlette the Council will this year continue to scrutinise the prevailing development.The Region Four budget is prepared with the vision of improving the health, living conditions and socio economic environment of communities.The principal objective of the budget, Corlette said, is to prepare a Work Programme for each of the Government structured subject areas of activity including that of administration and finance, agriculture development via drainage and irrigation, maintenance and management, public works, health and education.‘Charting the course for a better life for all our people by 2016’ is the theme under which the proposed Region Seven’s budget has been prepared, according to Bradford. He said that the budget was prepared after consultations with the various stakeholders throughout the region including Regional Councillors who represent various constituencies, Village Councils, Regional Officers, Heads of Department and concerned citizens.Among the areas to be addressed in the budget are extensive repairs to the Regional Guest House and improvement works to the Bartica Regatta Pavilion both to the tune of $10M each. A number of schools and health facilities are also slated to undergo works.According to Bradford, it is hoped that the 2013 Regional Budget will receive the full support of all involved, especially Central Government as “our Budget is crafted by the people for the people, with a vision of satisfying the needs and aspirations of our people thus offering a better life for all.”The preparation of the Region Ten budget saw consultation efforts being carried out in 92 communities which were conducted since earlier this year, according to Solomon.This move, according to him will see much focus being placed on infrastructure, Cheap Jerseys From China, agriculture, education as well as health and service.Solomon said that consulting with communities became necessary as the RDC was especially concerned when the 2012 Work Programme was considered. He pointed to the fact that the RDC’s observation is that, the REO acts more in consonance with the Local Government Ministry than with the RDC.Citing instances of corruption that have been detected Solomon also spoke of the need for councillors to be allowed more involvement in the execution of the work programme than they currently are if programmes are to be properly implemented in the Region.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 02:17am
The cause of Wednesday night’s fire at Islington, East Bank Berbice, Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Outlet, which resulted in the death of 88-year-old physically handicapped Margaret London and left her 93-year-old sister, Olive, homeless, has not yet been ascertained.Speculation is rife that a lighted lamp or candle may have been responsible, and investigators were back at the scene during the course of yesterday to get a clearer picture of what caused the blaze to rip through the Londons’ age-old three bedroom wooden house.The two women lived alone and had no children and had refused to go and live withDead: Margaret Londonrelatives.  The house was well furnished, a relative stated. Margaret London had suffered two bouts of stroke, leaving her almost entirely paralyzed and confined to a bed.The fire reportedly began around 19:00 hrs and quickly engulfed the building. The Fire Service responded with two trucks .Water was eventually a problem and had to be sourced from a trench a little distance away.Residents stated that the two elderly women would turn off the electricity and light lamps or candles as soon as evening breaks.  They would sometimes be seen cooking late into the evening. One resident stated that ‘Sister Olive’ as she is known would be as late as 21:00 hrs (9 p.m.) cooking.The woman, who would mostly take care of her stroke-stricken sister, stated that she had earlier taken off the lights and lit a candle and put it into her room, and then lit a lamp and was in the process of making something to eat when she felt intense heat, which turned out to be from flames emanating from the room.A female resident who stated that she used to work with the Londons some time ago, remembered that when she was finished cleaning and cooking, she would make sure that she put away all the matches, but recalled that during the nights the women would get up and light a lamp or candle.Fire fighters and police late Wednesday evening recovered the charred remains of the elderly woman under the bed inside one of the bedrooms. The body is currently at the Arokium Funeral Parlour awaiting an autopsy.Olive London is at present living with a pastor, the same pastor who rescued her from the blaze until residents are able to find somewhere for her to move.According to residents, the sisters have been living alone in the house for more than 75 years.Investigations are continuing.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 02:17am
All Government contracts valued in excess of $1 billion will soon come under scrutiny. The Alliance For Change (AFC) is demanding the names of all beneficiaries of such contracts and the circumstances under which they were awarded.This was revealed yesterday by Chairman Nigel Hughes, during the party’s weekly press conference at the Sidewalk Café in Middle Street, Georgetown. He made those remarks in light of recent utterances by Ralph Ramkarran, former Speaker of the National Assembly, Wholesale NFL Jerseys Online, former Executive member of the PPP/C and a columnist, in an article entitled “Guyana will soon qualify as ‘Kleptocratic Republic’”.Nigel HughesAccording to Hughes, Guyana is in a state of national crisis, if one should pay heed to revelations by Ramkarran that only a select few are awarded contracts. He said that AFC’s worst fears have been confirmed since the comment is coming from a person Government told the National Assembly is impartial. Hughes emphasized, “Mr. Ramkarran S.C. disclosed that at the apex of corruption in Guyana is a group of wealthy and influential businessmen who have high political connections…They have access through their political connections, to information on potential opportunities that are likely to emerge in the near to medium term and are in a position to make investments now as to cash in on those opportunities down the road. The PPP leadership is supported and financed by all these groups and state decisions are influenced by their interests.”He added that the most egregious revelation made by Ramkarran was, “the reason why the Public Procurement Commission will never be established is that the PPP is a political organization that now represents a section of the petit bourgeoisie whose interests’ conflict with acceptable standards of integrity.” According to Hughes, about 90 percent of the population is not given opportunities for genuine investment. And, fair and equitable economic advancement are restricted to a small group of politically connected PPP/C businessmen.Only recently, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its Competitiveness Manifesto listed the absence of a Public Procurement Commission as one of the 20 barriers to competiveness in Guyana. And, according to Hughes, businesses should be able to tender for projects and compete on a level playing field.“The people, if they are not in the know, they don’t have access to information upon which they can predicate their decisions that are in their best interests of the companies they represent.So even if you are in the business forum; if you are not one of the PPP’s special business group or well connected in Guyanese terms yuh cork duck, ” he said.He said that Government’s position on the matter is the removal of their power to give no-objection to the awarding of contracts. Hughes said that the AFC is of the opinion that the time has come for Guyanese to stand up and increase their agitation for the immediate establishment of the Public Procurement Commission as a matter of national urgency.“Guyana can no longer tolerate or withstand a government which is bent on perpetuating the corrupt and biased distribution of the country’s wealth and opportunities for the benefit of a politically connected few, ” he said.In fact, the party has used the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission among its criteria for the passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism legislation in the National Assembly.According to Hughes, the AFC does not necessarily believe that the deadline for the legislation is August 26 but rather, November 2013. However, if indeed the deadline is August 26, the AFC cannot predict that the Bill is “dead in the water”. “We can’t predict what will happen in parliament, so for us to prophesy about the death of the Bill would be ambitious and inappropriate at this stage, but certainly where AFC support is concerned its prospects are marginal, ” he said.
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