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

Billy Vunipola: ‘Men don’t know how to talk about their feelings’

first_imgRugby union England rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Under normal circumstances Vunipola would be looking ahead rather then in the rear-view mirror but the urge to atone for 2015 is, he says, a common goal across the entire squad. “In 2015 we went in with massive expectations on our backs and we didn’t deliver,” said Vunipola, finally fit again after an injury-disrupted couple of seasons.“That is still pretty vivid in my mind. It’s not something I enjoyed, not something I want to do again. We now know what that feeling is like. You have been hurt before and you don’t want to be like that again. That’s driving us as much as anything else. It is a massive opportunity to right a few wrongs.”Part of the healing process has involved Eddie Jones bringing in psychologists to try to reduce any lingering mental baggage from previous English World Cup failures. “He has definitely got the baggage out,” said Vunipola, revealing the squad had accepted they needed to be a much tighter unit. “Probably the biggest thing we needed to improve was how together we can be.“Every other team says they are doing it, but being brutally honest can hurt a few feelings. Being within the confines of England rugby, a lot of us are very precious. When you’re at your club you’re the main man but when you’re with England you’re just the next person. There were a few handbags thrown around but it was really good. It’s really hard but it is a thing: men don’t know how to talk about their feelings. It took us a while but we got there in the end.“We’re on a different level to any England side I’ve previously been involved with. This is the first team that is willing to go deeper than just say: ‘I think you should have hit this ruck.’ We’ve talked about things we’ve never previously been able to put out there as a group and it’s brought us closer together. There is a lot more respect in that changing room for each other and it’s been really fun. It’s partly about just listening to each other, caring about another person’s opinion and taking it on board, rather than going back to your room and having a little moan to your mate.”There does indeed seem to be a closer social bond among the 2019 players than has been the case at some World Cup tournaments but, as Vunipola acknowledges, that will be incidental should they be turned over by the Pumas or Les Bleus in their forthcoming two pool games.“Our destiny is in our own hands still and we have to put down a marker, not for anyone else but for ourselves as a team,” Vunipola said. “We have talked a lot about it but talking is different to doing. 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If his brother is feeling under any extra pressure, though, Billy says he would be the last to know. “Whether he’s happy or sad, his face is always the same. You’ll have to ask my wife how he is because he doesn’t tell me.”Either way, having helped his team to swat aside Tonga and the USA, the Saracens’ No 8 is itching for the match on Saturday. “This is probably the best shape I’ve been in for the last two years so to not take advantage of that would be terrible for me.” Support The Guardian Read more No team at this World Cup lacks for motivation but, amid the skyscrapers of Japan’s sprawling capital city, England’s desire for redemption is more intense than most. Four years ago they were ejected from their own tournament in the pool stages and a fierce collective determination to put the record straight is increasingly apparent.Then, as now, England’s campaign hinged on two tough pool games scheduled on consecutive weekends. The memory of those twin 2015 Twickenham defeats against Wales and Australia still grates with all involved and, in the lead‑up to his side’s concluding pool fixtures against Argentina and France, the No 8 Billy Vunipola is eager to exorcise a few ghosts. Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest features Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn What Eddie Jones will have learned from Argentina’s win over Tonga Kyle Sinckler backs England’s forward ‘tank’ to handle Argentina’s power Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Rainn Wilson To Emcee Comedy For A Cause

first_imgThe Hollywood Wilshire YMCA (Hollywood Y) will celebrate its 10th annual Comedy For A Cause fundraiser at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.Emceed by comedic actor, Rainn Wilson, and hosted by sitcom star, Mike O’Malley, the star-studded benefit will provide an entertaining evening of stand-up comedy by Hollywood’s top entertainers to benefit the Hollywood Y. The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. during which guests will mingle with the performers and take delight in hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks provided by local sponsors. The evening will begin with an introduction by O’Malley at 8 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.“What better way to celebrate kids and families within the Hollywood community than with a night of great comedy at the Laugh Factory,” says Rainn Wilson, star of NBC’s The Office. “I used to be a member of the Hollywood Y when I first came to Los Angeles, so to be able to spend the evening supporting its programs is of great personal pride for me – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”“The support we’re getting from the Hollywood community, including from those in front of the camera and those behind the scenes, is amazing,” says Laurie Goganzer, Executive Director and Group Vice President of the Ketchum-Downtown and Hollywood Wilshire branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. “We’re so grateful to be able to bring L.A. community members and TV’s funniest people in the same room for the purpose of supporting kids and our youth programs.”Comedy For A Cause brings together acclaimed comedians who volunteer their time and talent to showcase a line-up of stand-up comedy in support of the Hollywood Y’s youth programs, which are dedicated to instilling leadership qualities in its community’s children.Only 250 tickets will be sold for this exclusive fundraising event and can be purchased for $250 per person. For more information, click here. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. To sponsor Comedy For A Cause, contact Natasha Radojcic, Associate Director of Development for the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA at (323) 762-8749.Comedy For A Cause (formerly “Comedy For Kids”) is an annual entertainment showcase held by the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Past talent includes comedy greats such as Jay Leno, Tim Allen, George Lopez, Andy Richter, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano. Comedy For A Cause is one of Hollywood’s main showcase events committed to supporting the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA’s youth programs, which provide tailored activities to develop character, leadership, health, and wellness among children and teens. More than 110,000 youth participate in Hollywood Wilshire Y programs ranging from preschool to wellness opportunities. For many low-income youth, the Y may be the only access to such activities – opportunities that provide a path to maturity, to college and to a brighter future.last_img read more


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