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

Cup derby with Hibs provides incentive for Jamie Walker’s return

first_imgHe said: “I don’t think the bragging rights are there. The bragging rights were we got promoted, which was the objective at the start of the season.“There’s been quite a change around in our team, a few players moving on and a few players coming in.It’s going to be a new experience for these guys and they’ll understand how big a game it is and how important it is for the club. It’s a great draw, I’m really pleased with it.” “For the other guys it’s a case of trying to stay in the team or try to get into the team.”Neilson admitted being paired with their city rivals was the talk of Riccarton this morning and he is looking forward to another sell-out in Gorgie after knocking out Aberdeen in the last round.In last season’s Scottish Championship Hearts gained one win and two draws against Alan Stubbs’ men before the Easter Road side won the final meeting of the campaign.Despite that result the Hearts coach doesn’t believe Hibs hold the bragging rights in the capital. Robbie Neilson believes Hearts’ Scottish Cup derby with Hibernian provides the perfect incentive for Jamie Walker to return to fitness and the Tynecastle first-team.The 22-year-old has returned to light training and is set to be back in action towards the end of the month, weeks before the cup clash on February 6 or 7.Winger Walker has been out of action since the end of October after knee surgery and Neilson expects every member of his squad to be desperate for a place in the starting eleven.He said: “We’ve had Jamie Walker out for a wee priod now but this is a huge incentive to get himself fit again and back in the team.last_img read more