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Date: 27 May 18 02:17am
A tradition of late or delayed supplies has for a number of years plagued the health sector.This has manifested itself by a situation of late or delayed delivery of goods to the Ministry of Health.  In fact there are reports that suggest that some suppliers are yet to fulfill the delivery mandate.This state of affairs has been amplified in the Auditor General Report of the fiscal year ended 2015.Among the suppliers that have been holding out on the Ministry, in terms of supply, has been the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company Inc. (New GPC).  Based on the details of the Report, in 2013 the New GPC was awarded 10 contracts valued at $2.374 billion of which freight charges totalled $180.496M.  It was revealed that as at September 2015, goods valued at $136.637M were still outstanding in relation to two of the 10 contracts.But while goods valued at $91.640M were received since then, the Report has outlined that there were outstanding deliveries of $44.997M at the time of reporting.It was expected that the outstanding supplies would have been forthcoming by last month.This publication was unable to ascertain whether this commitment has been met.  The Ministry has, however, assured that reconciliations are being done.According to the Audit Office, it is recommended that the Ministry takes immediate action to have contractors fulfill their contractual obligations under the contracts awarded to them.But the New GPC has not been the only defaulting supplier.While the Report highlighted that the New GPC was still to deliver drugs and medical supplies valued at $11.863 million for the year 2011, it was revealed that a total of six suppliers failed to deliver drugs and medical supplies totalling $114.002 million for the year 2012.The named suppliers are Product Roche, Caribbean Medical Supplies, Trans Continental Ltd., Henry Schien Inc., Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and SHIMADZU.It was, however, noted that the named suppliers were collectively able to deliver goods amounting to $98.750 million during 2015. But as at September 10, last, there was an outstanding balance of $15.252 million.In 2013, amounts totalling $435.344 million were paid to 21 local and overseas suppliers for the delivery of drugs and medical supplies. As at September 10, 2015, goods valued at $257.972 million were delivered on the contract.But during the course of 2015 and 2016, additional goods valued at $6.876 million were delivered, bringing the total goods delivered to as at September 10, 2016 to $264.848 million.The outstanding goods, valued at $75.453 million, were due to eight suppliers not fully honouring their obligations which totalled $6.556 million.Among the still outstanding suppliers, as at the time of reporting, were: International Pharmaceutical Agency, Meditron Scientific Sales, PAHO, Bryden PI Ltd., Caribbean Medical Supplies, Henry Schien and Patterson Medical.It was further revealed in the Report that in 2014, National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) approvals were seen for procurement of drugs and medical supplies in relation to suppliers other than the New GPC Inc. In this regard, payments totalling $975.591M were made to 29 local and overseas suppliers.But as at September 10, 2015, it was revealed that a number of suppliers were yet to fully satisfy the supply goods.  It was noted that the outstanding goods amounted to $84.696M.The defaulting suppliers named in the Report in this instance are: PAHO, CKC International Commodities, Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc., Patterson Medical, Cheap Stitched MLB Jerseys, Trans Continental Meds. Pro. Inc., Ansa McAl Trading Ltd., Biomed Energy Ent., Diamed Caribbean Inc., One World Accuracy Inc., Global Health Care Supplies Inc. and Meditron Scientific Sales.But it was noted that at the time of reporting in September 2016, deliveries valued at $58.561 million were received by the Ministry, leaving a balance of $26.133 million still outstanding.While the Ministry has also assured that reconciliations are being done, the Audit Office has recommended that that Ministry continue to engage the suppliers as a matter of urgency to have the outstanding drugs delivered.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:17am
On Wednesday, Leader of the Majority Opposition, Brigadier David Granger, emphasized his call for President Donald Ramotar to set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate Trafficking in Persons. The call was cemented in the National Assembly when Mr. Granger moved the Motion titled, “Appointment of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the incidence of Trafficking in Persons in Guyana”.According to Leader of the parliamentary majority, the Motion is one about humanity, our children and the future of our country.Brigadier Granger told the National Assembly that Trafficking in Persons is a form of modern day slavery. He added that it is also a crime against women and children.Brigadier Granger said that denial of the existence of Trafficking in Persons in Guyana makes matters worse. The Opposition Leader told the National Assembly that “unfortunately it’s a crime which has been beset by a denial syndrome.”He added that there are individuals who like to say there is no problem, as he recalled that Government officials have in the past denied reports from the US State Department which place Guyana’s Trafficking in Persons situation on Tier 2.“There is a syndrome of dodging the problem and pretending that the persons who are being trafficked have voluntarily entered into a state of prostitution”, Wholesale China Jerseys, he said. Brigadier Granger pointed out that the state is responsible for protecting those persons. The leader hopes that the mounting of a Commission of Inquiry will contribute towards bringing an end to this brutal trafficking.Other presentations on the Motion came from:  the Shadow Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Mrs. Volda Lawrence, MP; Mr. James Bond, MP; Ms. Africo Selman MP; and Ms. Annette Ferguson.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:17am
Committee expresses faith in Goodwill financesAfter partnering for progress in 2007, with no plan to seek financing from the government and depending on goodwill for financing, the road to Guy-expo 2009 began yesterday with the unveiling of the theme “Promoting business in a low carbon environment.”Slated for staging over a six-day period from September 24 at the Sophia Exhibition Site, Cheap Jerseys Store, Tourism and Commerce Minister, Manniram Prashad, says international and regional interest is at an all time high. He said, “Even before this launch, about 70 percent of the booths have already been taken up and some want more space too.”Guy expo co chairman Deryck Cummings and Minister Manniram Prashad at the unveiling of Guyexpo theme. Explaining the aim to ensure every sector and strata of society is appraised and educated on the national strategy, Minister Prashad said Guyana is focussed on climate change and the low carbon initiative because most local businesses are located on the coast and with rising sea levels they prone to flooding etc.He said that in the tourism light, it is important that the rainforest be preserved via the low carbon initiative, hence the focus on the two areas in the theme.This year, he is sure that the expo will feature high level contingents from the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.“From all the responses that we’ve been getting we expect wider international participation not only from the Caribbean, India and China but also from Singapore, Argentina, Chile and Columbia and of course the Brazilians will be sending a large contingent.”He also said that the Surinamese will be well represented. However, he made it clear that “this is not just a show to party; it’s a show to promote local products.”Like committee co-chairman, Deryck Cummings, the Minister is optimistic that attendance and participation this year could surpass the acclaim of the 2007 exposition.Cummings said that the theme should be seen in the context of Guyana as a developing country being faced with the current global economic crises devising strategies to stave off adverse effects.He says that Guyana has assessed its unique strengths as a vulnerable small state, determined how it can be transformed into marketable product and through its application of innovative strategies is working to attract international attention and endorsements. This, he says, can lead to significant economic gains and as such Guyana boldly unveiled the low carbon development strategy.With much interest generated and an abundance of inquiries from senior Caribbean heads, Minister Prashad has said the committee decided to launch Guy-Expo before the Heads of Government meeting in Guyana.On September 23, there will be a business seminar organised jointly with GO-INVEST to advise on ways to do business in Guyana.Reflecting on successes of eth expo, the minister said Barbados’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mia Mottley and a team of 25 participated and worked to develop joint ventures which have been maintained.At the launching, yesterday, in the Ministry’s boardroom, the Minister introduced the expo planning committee. They included Co-chairman Deryck Cummings; Co-ordinator Ronald Doorgen; Aavlon Jagnandan; Chairman of the Finance Committee, Desmond Mohamed; and Cultural Shows Co-ordinator, Lennox Canterbury.He said that security will be at an all time high to make the event an incident free one. Final details are being worked out for ingress and egress to the exhibition centre.The Minister noted that the airlines are also involved and if necessary they are willing to put on extra flights.He also said that his team will engage the residents of Lamaha Gardens to workout arrangements to the benefit of the organizers and the residents.Thus far he says arrangements are being made to ensure that the residents are issued free tickets to the event and that most of them are happy as the event is being held in the interest of the development of the country.Because Guyana hosted CAIFESTA there was no Guy-expo in 2008.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:16am
The West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) serves as the referral hospital in Region Three, offering medical service to thousands of people residing on the West Coast, West Bank, as well as the Essequibo IslandsMinister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton comforting a patient who is scheduled to undergo surgery.including Leguan and Wakenaam.However, while the hospital offers similar services to the country’s main referral hospital, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), there is need for some additional services, and according to newly appointed Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, the new A Partnership for National Unity Alliance for Change (APNU AFC) Government will ensure key services such as a 24-hour theater are put in place shortly.”The West Dem Hospital should be of a quality not too different from the Georgetown Hospital, however no doubt more resources need to be available to this hospital, ” Minister Norton said during a visit to the West Demerara Regional Hospital today.The staff of the hospital was applauded for their hard work and dedication, and especially for the hygiene of the entire facility. The Minister noted that, “the staff knows exactly what they want, understand their limitations, conscious of their challenges and give the impressions that they want to overcome those challenges.”Minister Norton also interacted with the staff and a number of concerns were raised, including the shortage of drugs and the unavailability of key equipment which force them to refer patients to the GPHC. The Minister said, “Like so many other areas that affect the health sector in general, like the on and off availability of drugs, medical equipment or materials. It is plaguing this hospital. It’s happening all around. I get that while the authorities (the staff) are conscious of this, they are always willing to do the necessary things to correct the situation.”Minister Norton also interacted with the staff and a number of concerns were raised, including the shortage of drugs and the unavailability of key equipment which force them to refer patients to the GPHC. The Minister said, “Like so many other areas that affect the health sector in general, like the on and off availability of drugs, medical equipment or materials, it is plaguing this hospital, the issue of catheters, or proper sutures and some essential medications. It’s happening all around. I get that while the authorities (the staff) are conscious of this, they are always willing to do the necessary things to correct the situation.”Another issue raised was the fact that nurses who were trained four years ago have not been appointed by the Region, and as a result are not remunerated in the correct scale. Minister Norton stressed that this issue immediately needs to be corrected because frustration can prevent the nurses from performing at their maximum.Meanwhile, a visit was also made to the Versailles Health Centre. This facility was constructed in 2010 on a wide expanse of government’s land, and according to Minister, yet it’s cramped for space. This causes the staff some discomfort. This issue will be rectified shortly, he said.He said that with proper accountability and maximum utility, health services provided to the citizens of Region Three can be greatly improved.The Minister was accompanied by the Regional Health Officer, Vasha Bachan, Regional Chairman Julius Faerber and Regional Executive Officer (REO) Azam Mohamed and other regional officials.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:16am
… first time homebuilders to be sparedBuilders and contractors will feel the squeeze in the coming months as news of an increase in the price of cement hits the market.In a press release issued yesterday TCL Guyana Inc (TGI) announced what it called a “marginal adjustment” of 9.3 percent to the base price of its cement which is scheduled to take effect on Friday (July 15).The company stated that it will continue to honour its commitment to the government’s Low Income Earners Housing Initiative that sees them offering a 20 percent discount on the price of cement for first time home owners.The release pointed out that in recent years global economic pressures have resulted in a contraction of the construction industry, effectively driving the demand for cement downward. Despite the acknowledged fact that the construction sector here in Guyana continues to experience “robust growth” in defiance of the global trends the company stated that “cement supply far outstrips current demand”.According to the release, TGI has been offering price reductions for some time now in order to effectively compete in the market as well as support the construction boom in the country.The release states, Wholesale NHL Jerseys, “In spite of TGI’s increased operational efficiencies and rigid cost management, there have been inflationary realities over the years in relation to the production of cement, which are negatively impacting on the company’s financial performance.”In the Directors’ Statement issued with the 2010 financial reports of the company, the Directors called 2010 one of the most challenging years in the history of the TCL Group. They cited “continued weak demand” as the reason for a ten percent or TT$179M decline in revenue for the group of companies.A 16 percent drop in domestic sales volume which generates the bulk of the group’s profit margin occurred in 2010 as compared to 2009. Inventory is reported to have grown to such unsustainable levels that kilns in Barbados and Jamaica needed to be shut down for extended periods. Higher operating costs were also assigned to several factors such as higher fuel costs as well as higher personnel costs for termination and pension benefits – the bottom line being that operating profit for the group of companies declined by TT$254M or 99 percent in 2010.In the first quarter report of 2011, the Directors commented that the group continued to be challenged by weak demand as critical domestic volumes declined by 13 percent whilst export volume margins only rose by 1 percent in comparison to the previous year.Revenue declined apace by TT$47M or 11 percent and the group reported losses of TT$23M as compared with a profit of $31M for 2010.In their release yesterday the company pointed out that, “TGI is, therefore, left with no alternative but to implement a price adjustment in order to safeguard the organization’s long-term viability.This is also in keeping with its duty to ensure that superior quality cement is available locally to sustain the buoyant construction sector.”The full force of the impact of such an announcement on the industry which has indeed grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years remains to be seen.
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