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Date: 22 May 18 12:37pm
By Sharmain CornetteUnder the theme ‘Fighting a Just Cause’ World Leprosy Day is being observed internationally today with a view of reducing stigma and discrimination directed to persons that have been diagnosed with the infectious disease.Dr Holly AlexanderAnd this wanton scorn for persons infected with this disease popularly known as the ‘numb spot disease’ has been known since biblical days. It is perhaps because of the belief of olden days that persons diagnosed with Leprosy are to this day treated as outcasts.Though not overwhelmed with leprosy cases, the local health sector continues to see its fair share amounting to about 25 to 30 new cases per year. At least this is according to the sole Leprologist (specialist in the field of Leprology —the science and study of leprosy)) within the system, Dr Holly Alexander.During an exclusive interview with this newspaper she revealed that 29 new cases were recorded last year. In fact she disclosed that the incidence of the disease is about 0.4 per 10, 000 population.Leprosy, as an infectious disease is spread via the respiratory route similar to influenza-type illnesses. However, according to Dr Alexander, a person can only contract the disease if they are exposed over a prolonged period to a person infected with a severe strain of the disease.Having been involved in Leprology for the past 29 years, Dr Alexander revealed that after being diagnosed with Leprosy, many persons were simply transported to the Mahaica Leprosarium where they remained without any friend or family visitation. And it was in order to reduce the scourge associated with the disease.Dr Alexander disclosed, that the Leprosy Control Clinic, located within The Palms compound, was established, allowing infected persons to access treatment during dermatology clinics.It was in 1994 that she took up the reigns of the facility which was previously manned by, Dr Ruth Benjamin-Huntley.“We had to do the clinic because of the stigma attached to leprosy. As it is, I see skin patients and among them I see my leprosy patients.” And it isn’t a risky undertaking at all, Dr Alexander noted even as she disclosed that she is sometimes personally pressured as she is tasked with overseeing 14 dermatology clinics every month that are located across the country.This, she said, is essential in order to be able to detect new cases of leprosy.Treatment, she said, is made available through the World Health Organisation, which is passed on to patients free of cost. Dr Alexander also facilitates emergency response which could see her travelling from one end of the country to another within a day if a patient develops a complication.“It would have been nice if all of the doctors were trained to deal with these cases but that is not the reality, ” the leprologist laments.The vigilant effort to address the leprosy situation is directly linked to the fact that the disease, once treated, is curable. “We have reached the point where we should accept leprosy as any other disease. People get diabetes, tuberculosis, hypertension and they also get leprosy. The good news is that there is a cure for leprosy, ” Dr Alexander asserted.Leprosy, according to the leprologist is classified in two groups – mild or severe types. The mild type she said requires treatment over a six-month period while those infected with the severe type undergo a two-year treatment. After the recommended treatment time ends, Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, laboratory tests are carried out to verify whether there are still bacteria associated with the disease still in the body.The horrific aspect of the disease is that although the bacteria have been eliminated from the body it can still cause deformities. Among the known deformities are the clubbing of the hand and ulcers that do not heal.The latter often results because of the numbness that occurs in an infected person’s hands and feet which causes them to not feel if they walk on a tack or is burnt while cooking.It has also been deduced that leprosy is the seventh highest cause of blindness in the world. “We have had patients who had gone blind but lucky for some it was cataract so they are now seeing again. But right now we have some that are blind at the Leprosarium.”According to Dr Alexander, the public must become aware that once they have a numb spot they should seek medical attention. Any numb spot she said can be checked with a pin or pen to determine if there is any sensation there.Additionally, the disease can present as bumps or a rough surface and is known to have a copper colour. “If that spot is in an area that has hair no hair would grow on it. Even when you are sweating that spot will remain dry, ” Dr Alexander added.And in order to mark the 57th observance of World Leprosy Day, efforts will be made to raise awareness about the disease through an entire week of activities, commencing today.  Starting with the attendance of a church service today, staffers of the Leprosy Control Clinic will seek to solicit prayers for those infected with the disease.The week of activities will continue on Tuesday with a spot check and information dissemination session at the Mackenzie Bus Park in Linden. The remainder of the activities, including general consultation clinics, lectures and workshops on care and prevention of disabilities for patients, will be hosted at the Leprosy Control Clinic.
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Date: 22 May 18 12:36pm
A  gig at a club in Trinidad last evening means the arrival of King of the Dancehall King, Beenie Man, had to wait for today, and we’re hoping that’s “OK” for tonight’s concert at the National Stadium.It means that Beenie Man missed the pre-concert press conference yesterday at the Princess Hotel, but the Soca Queen, Destra, and up and coming Richie Loop of “My Cupp” fame (as in “What’s in my cup, stays in my cup, ” if you’re having trouble coming up with the song in your head) promised a fantastic show.  Future Fambo is also in the line-up for the show that has been titled ‘It’s OK.”A waiver of government taxes means that the organizers, Conscious Minds, could put the ticket price at just $1, 000. As Public Relations Officer Mondale Smith put it, “That’s a pre-Christmas gift.” Really, there is no chance you could get a show with Beenie Man and Destra for that price anywhere in the world.Destra, no stranger to Guyana, said she is glad to be back and to make Guyana her stomping ground before heading into Trinidad’s carnival.“I’m just excited, ” are the only words the Soca Queen, now with a 10-month-old baby girl, used to describe her feelings heading into tonight’s concert.“I take my art form seriously, ” she said, and given that performing in the Caribbean means performing at home, Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, Destra promises an “amazing show.”Iana Lewis, of the promotion group, said the concert would be like no other.Richie Loop, an unassuming youth from Jamaica, has a simple rule: go out and entertain. He is not interested in what rank he has in the music business. He is leaving that up to those who enjoy his music.His single ‘My Cupp” is a nice, catchy song that could have you swaying easily, and his easy-to-smile personality could help him to eventual stardom. Guyana might just be his first gig out of Jamaica and he is ready for it.‘It’s a great feeling; I’m ready for the show, ” he told reporters. And he had a tip for those planning to attend the show: don’t “dress up” too much.Tickets for the show are available at Ashmins.
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Date: 22 May 18 12:36pm
Police appear to have smashed a carjacking ring comprising several teenage boys, aged between 15 and 17, after nabbing them with a car that was stolen from a taxi driver who was shot dead and dumped at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara last week.Dead: Raphael CampbellThe breakthrough came yesterday after the dreadlocked man with a gunshot to the head was positively identified as 30-year-old Raphael Campbell, of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, who had been missing since last Thursday.Police subsequently linked the youths to his murder.The teens were nabbed on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway on Friday with Campbell’s rented car, but police only made the connection after relatives came forward to identify Campbell.A sixth teen is reportedly still at large.Kaieteur News understands that the suspects have told detectives that they stopped Campbell on Thursday night in Camp Street and hired him to go to Bel Air Gardens. They alleged that on arrival at their destination, an argument ensued between them and Campbell over the fare and Campbell was fatally stabbed. According to a source, the teens are all claiming that an associate, who is still at large, inflicted the wound.They have also denied shooting Campbell, although a post mortem confirmed that he died from a gunshot injury, rather than from the stab wound.  He was shot behind the left ear, with the bullet exiting his right jaw.The teens are said to be from two adjoining communities in Georgetown with a high incidence of crime.Kaieteur News understands that police had set up a routine roadblock on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway last Friday, and at around 18:00 hrs that day, they stopped a black Toyota Premio with six youths inside.When one of the ranks at the roadblock asked the driver for his licence, wholesale soccer jerseys, the youth drove away, but crashed as a mobile patrol pursued the vehicle.The driver managed to escape, but police apprehended the five passengers. Police subsequently identified the vehicle as the one that Cambpell had rented.Rochelle Campbell, the slain man’s sister, told Kaieteur News that she last saw her brother alive on January 1, 2014. The woman said that her brother had dropped her home around 23:00hrs that day.  According to the sister, relatives became worried when numerous calls to the man’s mobile phone went unanswered.The woman said relatives decided to check the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary on Sunday night after learning that a body was found at Liliendaal. However, the family arrived too late to view the corpse.Campbell said that she returned to the hospital yesterday morning and positively identified the body as that of her brother.She told Kaieteur News that it appeared that he had been shot to the head, since there was a gaping wound there. She was unable to say whether there were any other wounds to the body.She told Kaieteur News that the victim’s girlfriend has told relatives that she last saw him on Thursday, a day before the body was found. The girlfriend has given a statement to the police in this regard.Also, Kaieteur News was told that the “black suede” shoes which were found near the body belonged to a female relative of the dead man’s girlfriend.Kaieteur News was told that the victim had picked up the relative on New Year’s morning from partying, and the young lady had accidentally left the shoes in the car. She too was required to give a statement to the police.A post mortem examination was conducted yesterday by government pathologist, Nehaul Singh, who gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head. Kaieteur News understands that no warhead was recovered.Two weeks ago, the body of Pegasus Hotel taxi driver, Rudrinauth Jeeboo, was found in a clump of garbage on Cane View Avenue, South Ruimveldt Gardens.Surveillance tapes at the hotel showed that Jeeboo had picked up a male in the hotel compound and a female on the road near the hotel.
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Date: 22 May 18 12:35pm
Fire said to be electrical in origin on Wednesday morning destroyed a two- storey wood and concrete house and business premises located at Lot 8 Unity Street, De Edward Village, West Bank Berbice leaving a family of five homeless and millions of dollars in losses.The building which housed an Off Licence Liquor Restaurant was situated next to the Berbice River Bridge.It was occupied by 68 year- old Vadoomatee Sitaram who lived in the upper flat with her granddaughter Simone Sahadeo, while the bottom flat which housed the liquor restaurant was occupied by her grandson Tameshwar  Sahadeo, his wife Reshma, and the couple’s five year -old daughter.According to the elderly woman, sometime between 07:00 and 07:30 hrs, she and her granddaughter were standing on the stairway when she noticed smoke coming from a corner of the house.She said she instructed her granddaughter to investigate the origin of the smoke and the girl observed “fire on the wall of the house close to where the main switch and fuse box are located.”Within minutes the entire room was engulfed in flames as the “fire started to travel on the electrical wires, “according to the woman.She related that she started to shout for “fire!” and “help!” even as the family dashed for safety, leaving everything behind.According to Sitaram, the fire continued to travel on the external electrical wires leading to the neighbours’ premises.Neighbours formed a bucket brigade to help douse the fire, but their best efforts were in vain.The woman, who stated that she had lived at the premises for most of her life, China Jerseys Cheap, said that the house was well furnished. She estimates her losses to be around $26M. The house was not insured.One neighbour, Banmattie Dindayal, said she witnessed the incident and places the blame squarely at the feet of the Guyana Power and Light Company. The woman, who lives two houses away, said she was sweeping her yard when she heard a ‘sparking’ sound. She said she noticed fire on the wire attached to the now destroyed house and immediately began shouting for “fire”.Residents said that by the time the fire tender from nearby Blairmont Estate arrived, the entire house was almost destroyed. Another fire engine arrived from the New Amsterdam Fire Station after the fire was put out, according to them.The residents are calling for a full investigation into the origin of the blaze and the affected family is demanding compensation for their losses.
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Date: 22 May 18 12:35pm
A team of doctors attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), recently returned from Grenada after representing Guyana at the 60th Annual Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Research Conference.At the forum, GPHC’s Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez and Dr. Indhira Harry presented a paper titled, “Profile of suicidal behaviour in Guyana: A retrospective from 2010 to 2012, ” which was received with keen attention.The main objective of the conference was to share experiences and engage in discussions surrounding the theme of the event; “Violence and Injuries: An Urgent Public Health and Development Issue.”The team from Guyana benefited significantly from the active participation and discussions at the scientific conference and as such, Cheap Jerseys, they will now transmit the knowledge and new experiences acquired and apply it to fit Guyana’s health care system.This activity highlights the GPHC’s continued emphasis and support of research and other scientific methods among its professionals.The CARPHA Conference is the largest health research conference in the English-speaking Caribbean. Participants usually comprise researchers, policy makers and health care providers. The CARPHA is a merger of five previous regional health institutions (RHIs) namely the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) and the Caribbean Research Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).Next year’s CARPHA Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos.
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