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Two more children successfully complete heart surgery in India

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Ten month old Kenneth Prince and Nicholas Dudnauth, 6 years-old, returned to Guyana on Saturday morning following successful open heart surgery.  Kenneth Prince underwent closure of a large Ventricular Septal Defect (hole in the heart) and a Mitral Valve repair.

He also has failure to thrive with weight being just 5.2kg at 10 months of age.  All these factors added to the risk of surgery but this was the only option for the child.  This post operative recovery was uneventful.  Kenneth must continue taking medications for another 6 months which will improve his heart function.

Six year old Nicholas Dudnauth was suffering from Trasitional Atrioventricular Canal defect with leakage of valves and very high lung pressures.  His surgery was also very complex but again like Kenneth Prince surgery was the only hope for the child.  Nicholas made a marvellous recovery.

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Categories: Foreign Relations, Health

New company formed to promote transparency and eradicate corruption

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Transparency International Guyana Inc., a new entity, has been incorporated under the Companies Act as a non-governmental non-profit organisation with the aim of promoting transparency and eradicating corruption. The founding directors – Bernard Crawford, David James, Fr. Compton Meerabux, Keith Park, Gino Persaud, Ms. Nadia Sagar and Enrico Woolford – have begun the process for formal recognition of the local entity as a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), based in Germany.

TI which leads a global coalition against corruption originated in Europe in 1993.  It is an independent, non-political non-profit organisation that publishes annually the Corruption Perception Index, Bribe Payers Index and national surveys and indices. It has a global network of over 90 chapters and adopts a non-confrontational approach to promoting transparency and eradicating corruption in the public and private sectors.

The Secretary of the Guyana entity is broadcaster Enrico Woolford and the legal consultant is Christopher Ram. Membership of TIGI is open to resident and non-resident Guyanese individuals and organisations that subscribe to its By-Laws and Code of Conduct which require of its members high standards of transparency, accountability and ethical conduct. TIGI has commissioned a website on which it will make available all its incorporation documents, Code of Conduct and links to international and regional publications on corruption’s impacts, policy positions and working papers.

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Categories: Development, Guyana