1 in 4 persons unaware of HIV status – UNAIDS

Guyana and much of the Caribbean will need to accelerate testing and treatment programmes in order to be on track to reach the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS’)s 90-90-90 targets by 2020. This is according to information contained in the recently released UNAIDS ‘Knowledge is Power’ report which underscores that far too many […]

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GPHC in-patient beds to increase from 483 to 1000 with 2019 budgetary provisions

The Public Health Ministry has been allocated $35.9B for 2019. According to Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, a significant portion of this sum will go towards improvements for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). During the fourth day for budget debates, Lawrence said that GPHC will receive $524.6M for the completion and furnishing of the […]

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East La Penitence Centre to pilot Paperless Public Health System -Lawrence

The East La Penitence Health Centre is being used to roll out Guyana’s first paperless health facility. This was revealed today by Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence during her contribution to the 2019 budget debate. Lawrence noted that the paperless system is part of the need to improve the Government Health Information System (GHIS). She […]

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Guyana’s food and nutrition security under threat -Global Body warns

Guyana has made good progress in advancing its food and nutrition security agenda. In fact, it is one of only three CARICOM countries that have met the World Food Summit (WFS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) hunger targets. But even in the face of such progress, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the […]

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 Health sector to combat costly ‘fake drugs’ market

While the magnitude of the presence of fake medical products on the local market is currently unknown, Guyana is looking to bolster its efforts to reduce the prevalence of this daunting state of affairs through its recent attendance of a strategic meeting. To advance its fake drugs detection efforts, the Government Analyst Food and Drug […]

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“Know your status”, says health organisations

Even as the Caribbean and Latin America continue to make strides in the fight against HIV, key international health organisations are calling on people to get tested as an important step towards halting the spread of HIV and ending AIDS. Today is World AIDS Day and this year “Know your status” is the campaign slogan. […]

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Shortage of TB drugs addressed with emergency supplies

Although recently faced with a shortage of tuberculosis (TB) medication, the Ministry of Public Health has assured that there is currently no cause for alarm. Emergency measures were put in place to address this shortcoming which saw a lack of Ethionamide, one of the four medications, used to treat drug-resistant TB. According to Director of […]

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Pilot study on renal failure launched

In light of the realisation that renal failure patients are at even greater risk once they commence dialysis, the Doobay Medical Centre, situated at Annandale, East Coast Demerara, has moved to spearhead a pilot risk assessment study. The study, which will target 100 Guyanese, will be facilitated by the McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute […]

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55 health facilities approved for licensing

The Public Health Ministry has commenced processing applications to license health facilities for 2019, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Shamdeo Persaud confirmed on Monday. Dr. Persaud said that so far four completed applications were received for consideration for licensing in 2019 up to last week. According to the CMO, for this year 55 health facilities […]

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Health Ministry On Mission To Improve Epidemiology Reportage

The influx of Venezuelans to Guyana’s shores has not only been a challenge to law enforcement but the health sector has also been faced with some concerns as well. In recognition of this development, the Ministry of Public Health through its Public Relations and Health Promotion Unit has been working to improve how it disseminates […]

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