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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

Guyana garbage collectors end strike for back pay

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN (AP) -Garbage collectors in Guyana have ended a nearly two-month strike after the central government agreed to pay them $250,000 in back wages.

The deal takes care of most of the workers’ claims of $300,000 in unpaid salaries owed by the city of Georgetown.

It is the second time in the past year that the national government has bailed out the capital to end a garbage strike.

The city government says dwindling revenues are keeping it from meeting its obligations.

Tourism officials complained during the strike that the accumulating garbage was hurting their industry. City residents, meanwhile, took to burning trash and paying operators of horse-drawn carts to haul it away.

The strike ended Tuesday.

Categories: Development, Health, Tourism

Blood Assurance Director to train staff of Guyana’s only Blood Bank

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -Mona Dilbeck, technical director at Blood Assurance, will travel to the country of Guyana on June 17 for one week to train the staff of the country’s only blood bank.

Ms. Dilbeck was asked by representatives from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Public Health Laboratory in Guyana to conduct the training process.

Her primary responsibility will consist of training the blood bank’s new quality assurance employee, as well as the laboratory staff.

Ms. Dilbeck brings 37 years of blood banking experience to the staff in Guyana. She was the 2005 and 2008 recipient of the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks (TABB) President’s Award, as well as the 2010 TABB Diggs Award. In 2003, she was recognized as the National Marrow Donor Program’s Hall of Fame Winner and has served as an assessor of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) since 1999.

According to Ms. Dilbeck, the training is crucial in helping the country of Guyana to provide a safe supply of blood to its patients, specifically by teaching them to perform audits as part of their testing methods.
“They want to do a good job, but they don’t have the proper training or adequate reagents and equipment to do their job,” said Ms. Dilbeck.
Since the staff has received only minimal training, Ms. Dilbeck believes the process will provide assurance of donor safety and product safety.

Autopsy shows Guyana teen in exorcism case died from meningitis; no charges planned

July 5, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN — The government of Guyana says acute meningitis caused the death of a 15-year-old who died following an exorcism.

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee released the results of the autopsy Saturday. He says there is no evidence the girl died from anything but natural causes.

Assistant Police Commissioner Balram Persaud in an Associated Press interview, said no criminal charges are expected.

The girl died in March after her worried mother turned for help to a local pastor. He treated her convulsions with an exorcism that lasted some five hours. They later took her to a hospital, where she died.

Authorities ordered her body exhumed in April for an autopsy due to questions about the cause of her death.

Categories: Health

New rehab center opens in Region 5

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

The newly built Rehab Center at the Mahaicony Diagnostic Center (GINA photo)

MAHAICA/BERBICE  –A new rehabilitation center was commissioned at the Mahaicony Diagnostic Center. The clinic there will cater to the thousands of residents in Region 5 and its environs.

Chairman of Region 5 (Mahaica/ Berbice) Harrinarine Baldeo said the establishment of the center stands testimony of government’s commitment to the wellbeing and health of its citizens especially those of his region.

He said the health sector in Region 5 has seen significant improvements over the years and according to recent statistics, there are now two district hospitals, with optimal functionality, 17 health centers, and one health post at No. 28 Village.

In addition to the new rehab center, the Mahaicony Diagnostic Center, offers clinics in chronic diseases and eye care. Read more…

Categories: Health, Local News

MDG’s:Child mortality rate under control but maternal health needs improving

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Dr. Leslie Ramsammy

By Iana Seales (Stabroek News)

With a declining child mortality rate Guyana is nestled in a select category of countries which have achieved the target outlined for 2015, but the country’s health sector continues to face sharp criticisms for a maternal health programme that is yet to offer the type of care required and which has failed too many mothers.

Over the years there has been progress in both areas, improvements which the Ministry of Health has referred to in reports prepared and can take credit for. Still, Guyana like so many developing countries continues to struggle with the MDGs and is considered to be lagging behind in many critical areas such as maternal healthcare.

In fact, a United Nations draft report which was recently released ahead of an important summit in September pointed to uneven progress in some countries. The UN said it is particularly concerned that progress has been slow in improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality, and it issued a call to rich nations to step up aid across the board if countries are going to meet the targets outlined for 2015. According to the UN conclusions, which Reuters reported on, the G8 plans to boost aid especially for maternal health and young children at a summit later this month in Canada. “Progress has been uneven and, without additional efforts, several of the Millennium Development Goals are likely to be missed in many countries”, the UN said.

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Categories: Health, Local News