Leonora Cottage Hospital facing drug shortage

first_img− regional authorities failed to notify MoHThe Leonora Cottage Hospital, on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) is battling a drug shortage, however;The Leonora Cottage Hospitalregional officials have failed to notify the Public Health Ministry of the issue.The health institution has been without much needed medication for several months, sources at the facility told Guyana Times.This publication was told that doctors have to issue prescriptions to patients so that they can purchase medication which would normally be issued by the hospital’s pharmacy. It was indicated that the hospital is out of basic medications, such as Panadol and antibiotics.Earlier this year, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chairman Julius Faerber voiced concerns over the drug shortage in the region. He related that similar issues are plaguing the West Demerara Regional Hospital and health centres across the region. However, when questioned about the issue as it relates to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Dennis Jaikarran denied having any knowledge of the issue.Meanwhile, Dr George Norton on Wednesday alleged that regional officials failed to notify him of the shortage that is plaguing the Hospital.“I just had a meeting with my Permanent Secretary with the regional authorities; that is the Chairman, the REO and the Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Three, and in that meeting I made it known in no uncertain terms that I am not impressed with what is taking place on the regional level. While they have been saying to me that there is no shortage… on the ground, that might not be the case,” he related.The Minister said he was not prepared to deny the claims that there was a drug shortage at the medical facility at Leonora, since similar situations exist across the country.“I might not have had reason to doubt the regional authorities or my officers, but I am beginning to do so because of the frequency which this is being said. There must be some truth in what they are saying in terms of the shortage of drugs because it seems not to be isolated cases,” Dr Norton related.Earlier this week, Norton indicated that the change in the procurement system is probably the likely cause for the drug shortages being experienced at certain public health facilities across Guyana.Meanwhile, addressing the issue of patients having to purchase medication, Dr Norton explained that it is not the duty of the patient to procure the necessary medication, but rather, the responsibility of the Hospital administrator.“What would be interesting, and this has been happening in some hospitals… rather than giving the patients the prescription, if the doctor should speak to whoever is in charge of that institution, then that institution should be responsible for getting that medication rather than the patient. There should be no reason why a patient should have a prescription. If you take that prescription, and take it to the Hospital Administrator, then the Hospital Administrator would have to get it. They would be forced to go and get it for the patient,” the Minister stated.He vowed that he would be investigating the matter and putting measures in place to combat the issue.last_img read more

Govt worried about rental of legal guns to criminals

first_img− to clamp down on issuance of licencesGovernment is worried that private firearm holders may be renting weapons to criminals and will therefore be clamping down on the issuance of gun licences to civilians.And in the fullness of time, government wants firearms to be in the hands of primarily law enforcement officers.This is according to President David Granger, who indicated that private citizens should depend on the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for protection.“We would like to see fewer weapons in the hands of private citizens. It is my personal view that weapons should be used by law enforcement agencies…,” he stated during the recording of his weekly podcast “The Public Interest” which will be aired this weekend.President Granger said he wants to reduce the number of legal and illegal guns off the streets since he is concerned that even legally issued firearms are being used to conduct criminal activities.President David Granger“We have heard stories now where legitimate firearm licences holders who rent their weapons out to criminals who will go rob somebody and maybe give them a part of the booty,” he said.The President is also concerned about the illegal weapons entering Guyana from Brazil and signalled intentions to up border control to get the guns off the streets.“Our biggest problem is the fact that we have a border with Brazil which is the border’s largest producer and exporter of small arms. Many illegal weapons are traced to Brazil…,” he noted.Just last month, police unearthed a large cache of arms and ammunition in a yard in Lethem, close to the Brazilian border.To support the move to limit the number of firearms owned by civilians, government will establish a core of wardens vested with law enforcement authority.These wardens will be dispatched to operate in the gold mining, timber and tourism industries to provide protection to the respective sectors, according to the President.Already, government has hiked the fees for gun licences.Additionally, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had also announced that scores of gun licences will be revoked in order to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued.His announcement followed the gun amnesty programme which saw persons turning in unlicensed firearms but police reports indicate that most of the weapons collected came from hinterland locations where residents used the guns for hunting purposes and not for criminal activities.Notably, as government moves to reduce the issuance of firearms, families have been using those weapons as protection against criminals who are now perceived to be emboldened.Just on Wednesday, a suspected bandit was shot and killed by a miner during an attempted robbery at his home in the Diamond Housing Scheme, East bank Demerara.According to reports, there are at least 10,000 licensed firearms in the hands of civilians.last_img read more

Kings give youth a chance to play

first_img rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lauri Tukonen became the latest kid to get the call, as the 20-year-old winger made his NHL debut and joined a small squadron of under-25 Kings hoping to make a strong impression for the future. In addition to Tukonen, the Kings are giving significant minutes to Dustin Brown (age 22), Michael Cammalleri (24), Alexander Frolov (24), Anze Kopitar (19), Patrick O’Sullivan (22) and John Zeiler (24). That group entered Thursday with a combined 741 NHL games, more than 300 fewer than Rob Blake. Since his arrival last April, Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi has preached the power of developing young talent, the same strategy he used in turning San Jose into a perennial power. Lombardi’s trades have focused on bringing draft picks to the Kings, and recent minor-league callups and line pairings make it clear that Lombardi and first-year coach Marc Crawford want to evaluate youth. In recent days, Crawford has said he’s not bringing up players such as Tukonen and Zeiler simply because they’re young, but it certainly doesn’t seem to hurt their cause. In recent weeks, Crawford has stuck with a first line of Kopitar, Brown and O’Sullivan, who have a combined age of 63. The Kings shook things up and gave Tukonen a shot alongside Kopitar and Brown, a further sign that evaluation will be a big part of the final six weeks of the season. Another positive sign was the Staples Center crowd, announced at 17,737 despite the rain. center_img LOS ANGELES – With only pride and draft position left to play for, this is the time for the Kings to experiment a little. The present is dim – the Kings, in last place in the Western Conference, lost to Vancouver 3-2 on Thursday night – so the Kings are looking to what they hope is a bright future. last_img read more

Conte concedes title chances are gone

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte said, “Manchester City are having a fantastic season and if you want to stay in the title race you must give consistency and this is not the case with us” © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 10 – Antonio Conte said Chelsea’s Premier League title defence is effectively over following his team’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.The loss at the London Stadium was the champions fourth in their opening 16 league games and left them 11 points behind Manchester City 24 hours before the leaders face second-placed Manchester United. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange,” said Conte.“Especially if this is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have this start it is impossible to think you are in the title race.“If you want to stay in the title race you can lose once or twice in this period.“After 16 games if you lose four games it means we never started this race.“Manchester City are having a fantastic season and if you want to stay in the title race you must give consistency and this is not the case with us.”Conte made it clear he believes one of the reasons for his side’s stuttering progress this season –- unlike last year they have also had to contend with the demands of European football — is the lack of options in his squad.The Italian was frustrated at the club’s failure to bring in more players during the last transfer window.“A lot of players were tired,” said the 48-year-old.“We started the pre-season with the same players, the same players are playing almost always and for sure you have to pay.“If you remember I said it would be very, very tough, it would be very difficult.”– ‘Oh no it’s Arsenal this week’ –West Ham United’s midfielder Marko Arnautovic (R) shoots past Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (3rd L) to score © AFP / Ian KINGTONMarko Arnautovic’s struck in the sixth minute to secure West Ham’s win with his first since joining the Hammers in July in a club record £24 million deal from Stoke City.David Moyes’ first win in his fifth game since taking over from Slaven Bilic came after another good display at Manchester City on Sunday, where they were edged late 2-1, but it was not enough to lift the club out of the bottom three ahead of their midweek visit from Arsenal.“All managers need wins very quickly,” said Moyes.“I think coming to the club I had a very difficult run of fixtures but today the game plan worked and we were very close at Manchester City.“I went into the dressing room, congratulated the players, put my jacket on, and then thought ‘oh no, it’s Arsenal this week’.“But that’s how it is for managers.”Moyes, who is seeking to succeed where he failed with Sunderland last term in keeping the Hammers up, said he was working hard on the players fitness so they could see out the whole 90 minutes.“I think our energy levels have improved massively but I definitely want to get more out of them,” said Moyes.“I don’t want my forwards to think they can come off after 65 minutes although to be fair, Marko (Arnautovic) had a slight calf problem,” added the 54-year-old Scot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Burnley star to retire at the end of the season

first_img Steven Reid in action for Burnley Burnley midfielder Steven Reid has announced he will retire at the end of the season.The 34-year-old joined the Clarets last summer but has made just seven appearances for the recently-relegated Barclays Premier League club.The versatile player has made almost 400 appearances for the likes of Millwall, Blackburn, QPR, West Brom and Burnley during a 17-year career that also saw him earn 23 Republic of Ireland caps.“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from professional football at the end of the 2014-15 season,” Reid said on the club’s official website.“The last 17 years have been incredible and I have been fortunate to have played for some great clubs at Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, as well as representing Ireland and playing at the World Cup.“Alongside the great memories there have also been the many lows of my well-documented injuries and I feel the time has now come to listen to my body.“I’m excited about new challenges ahead. I’m working towards my ‘A’ licence and look forward to pursuing a career in coaching, alongside continuing the media work I’ve enjoyed this season.“I would like to thank everybody that has been a part of the journey: My family, especially, but also the fans, players, staff, managers and friends that have made it a truly wonderful 17 years.” 1last_img read more

Arsenal plot triple swoop, Tottenham star rejects new contract and more gossip

first_img Transfer Rumours and Paper Review 1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Arsenal will look to beat West Ham to the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette by lodging an improved £35m bid. The Gunners had an initial £29.3m bid rejected by the French club earlier this week. (Daily Telegraph)Arsenal are also making a move for Torino full-back Bruno Peres, with the Italian club wanting £16.9m for the player. (Gazzetta World)Chelsea have had a £57m bid for Romelu Lukaku rejected by Everton, who want £75m for the Belgian. (Daily Mirror)Christian Eriksen has turned down a new contract from Tottenham as he wants a significant rise on the £30,000-a-week he is currently earning. (Evening Standard)Leicester City will offer Riyad Mahrez a new £100,000-a-week deal to ward off interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal. (Daily Express)Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Monaco’s 22-year-old right back Fabinho. (Globoesporte)Everton are likely to seal the £7.1m signing of Idrissa Gana from Aston Villa this weekend. (Daily Mirror)The future of Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is up in the air after he was told to find himself a loan deal for the forthcoming season. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester City are reluctant to meet the £50m valuation of Everton’s John Stones and are hoping to persuade the Toffees to sell him for their preferred price of £40m. (Guardian)Swansea could be about to lose their captain, with Everton keen to sign Ashley Williams in a deal that could cost up to £10m. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are in talks with Valencia over the signing of German defender Shkrodan Mustafi, who has a £42.1m release clause, after the injury to his compatriot Per Mertesacker. (Sky Sports)Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com:Seven top players who snubbed interest to sign a new contract this summer, including Arsenal and Liverpool targets Arsenal transfer news: Possible defenders and forwards to help the Gunners win Premier League title Arsenal transfer news: Lyon president doesn’t expect Gunners to bid again for Alexandre Lacazette Manchester United transfer news: The nine players reportedly told they can leave Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho Southampton bid £10million for Barcelona winger Cristian Tellolast_img read more

Arnold: Feds ignoring levee problems

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Federal officials still are not taking seriously the threat of a failure in California’s aging levee system and are risking another New Orleans-style disaster by failing to provide funding for repairs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday. During a visit to California last week, President George W. Bush turned down the governor’s request for a pre-emptive federal disaster declaration. Instead, he issued a rare directive letting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers help with badly needed levee repairs. Schwarzenegger also met privately with Bush, but he said Tuesday that the message isn’t resonating with the administration. He did not mention the president by name. “The federal government still is not getting the message,” the Republican governor told business leaders during the annual California Chamber of Commerce breakfast. In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, the Senate started work Tuesday on an emergency spending bill for Iraq and Hurricane Katrina that includes $22.3 million for five critical projects along California levees – money inserted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“They are spending $100 billion in New Orleans right now because they were not acting fast enough. And here is the time for them to redeem themselves, to go and say, `We made a mistake before; let’s not ever make that mistake again.’ And again they are missing the boat.” Bush officials have said the kind of declaration Schwarzenegger was seeking would require that a disaster already had occurred. Pre-emptive disaster declarations have never been issued except when a catastrophe was imminent. Bush’s directive allows the Corps of Engineers to accept $23 million in California money for repairs on 29 sections of the levee that state officials have identified as critically weak. The governor vowed to keep up the pressure, saying the levees are “one big storm, one earthquake away from a major disaster.” He said levee ruptures could flood farmland, all of Sacramento, and other Central Valley towns and suburbs, while cutting off Southern California’s water supply. Cleanup costs could match what the government is spending in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he said. Schwarzenegger has said the state will begin strengthening the levees in June, regardless of whether it receives federal help. last_img

Picture Special: ‘Everybunny’ has fantastic time at Pinehill Studios Easter Camp

first_imgFriday marked the end of the first week of Easter Camp at Pinehill Studios, which has gone down a treat with ‘everybunny’ in attendance!Pinehill Studios collaborated with On Cue to bring the camp to life.The kids enjoyed games, dancing, singing, drama, along with creative arts and crafts. On Friday, parents were treated to a fantastic live performance.Pinehill Studios have spaces available for next weeks camp from Tuesday to Friday.If your little one is interested in four days of fun and creativity, you can get in touch with Pinehill Studios through their Facebook page by following this link:https://www.facebook.com/pinehillstudioss/   Picture Special: ‘Everybunny’ has fantastic time at Pinehill Studios Easter Camp was last modified: April 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:campEasterletterkennyPinehill Studioslast_img read more

LINDA’S SPARTAN MARATHON CHALLENGE UPDATE

first_imgOn Sunday last I participated in the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry. I had to do a 16mile run as part of my training so I ran a mile before the race and 2 after it to make up the 16 miles.This half marathon went well for me and I completed it in 2hours 18mins. I was delighted with this time as it was 10minutes faster than the half marathon I did in May.Just after mile 11 I saw 3 friendly faces heading towards me. They were Padraig Friel, Adrian Callaghan and Kieran Coyle from Letterkenny AC. They ran back to complete the race with me. This gave me a great boost as after 11miles my legs were getting tired. After the race I ran back to the car, then I ran up and down the road and around the car park like a clown until my watch told me that I had 16miles completed. This felt like a great achievement!I cannot thank Letterkenny AC enough for all their help and encouragement. Their training sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday night are open to everyone and I highly recommend them! We meet at the Aura at 6:15pm. These sessions suit all runners of all abilities so give it a go!On Saturday the Spartans and I met in Phoenix Park for our final race before the Dublin City Marathon! This race was a half marathon 13.1 miles. There was a great atmosphere as 8025 runners lined up to start.After running the Waterside Half Marathon the previous Sunday I felt confident that I would match my time or at least be close enough to it. I was so excited! I had my Spartan top and gear on ready to go and it was only when I met the other Spartans with their numbers on that I realised I had forgot my number. It was sitting in my kitchen in Donegal!!! Whoops!Luckily for me one of the Spartans had a spare number or I would not have been allowed to run! When we were warming up it seemed quite chilly so I decided that I would ditch my water belt and use the water stations throughout the race.This was a bad idea and iIsuffered because of it! At the start of the race it was hard to get going as there were so many people. I ended up speeding up and slowing down to overtake people to try and get my pace right. After a couple of miles I needed water and I had to wait for the water station to appear. At the second water station I had to stop and wait for a lady to open the water bottles and pour them while the other two boys with water were chasing each other having a water fight. I had to queue for the water. There was a sign up that this was the last water station and we were just over the half way mark. I knew that I would not have enough water drank to continue at the pace I was going as I knew there were hills ahead.I started to slacken off a bit to conserve my energy for the hills. To my surprise there was a third water station before we finished but at this stage I was really dehydrated and was not running well. I knew I wasn’t going to match my time and I was just aiming to finish the race. I finished the race in 2:20:27 which was disappointing after my time the previous week. I was mad that I did not take my water belt but I am glad I learnt this lesson now as it won’t happen me on the day of the marathon. I will be well equipped!After the race all the Spartans assembled at the Spar tent and when we were leaving we realised that our next race is the big one – 26.2 miles at the Dublin City Marathon! I am really excited about it and am really looking forward to it. I will make sure not to forget my water and number that day 🙂 I would like to thank all of the shops and businesses who have taken a sponsor card so far in particular Tobins Spar in Letterkenny and McBrides Shop in Milford as they put boxes on their counters. I would like to thank all the people who have sponsored me so far in particular the Staff from Woodland National School. I am raising money for MS Donegal Branch and North West Cancer Group so all donations are greatly appreciated. I have set up a bank account so people can sponsor me by their online banking. If anyone is interested in taking a sponsorcard/box or sponsoring me online please email me at lindabrennan21@yahoo.ieLINDA’S SPARTAN MARATHON CHALLENGE UPDATE was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LINDA’S SPARTAN MARATHON CHALLENGE UPDATElast_img read more

Former West Ham chief banned from football for a year

first_imgThe Football Association has suspended Tony Henry, former head of player recruitment at West Ham, from all football-related activity for a year.Henry was suspended by the Hammers before being sacked in February after he was accused of racism and discrimination for allegedly telling agents the Premier League club did not want to sign any more African players. 1 West Ham acted quickly to dismiss Henry after the allegations were made center_img Following an FA investigation he will now be banned from the game for a year and will be required to attend a course.“Tony Henry, former West Ham United FC Head of Player Recruitment, has been suspended from all football and football related activity for 12 months and must attend an FA education course,” the governing body tweeted through their official FA Spokesperson account.“Mr Henry admitted a misconduct charge in relation to comments he made that were improper and/or insulting and/or abusive and included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.”last_img read more