Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Karen Cummings, has said there is urgent need to overhaul the nursing system to ensure and sustain the delivery of the highest levels of quality patient care and other services.Noting that Government is not unaware of the challenges that beset the profession, Dr Cummings reiterated that the APNU/AFC Administration has addressed some of these problems in the shortest possible time.The minister’s comment has come in response to a heart-wrenching letter penned by United Kingdom-based Guyanese Dr. Mark Devonish about the poor level of care delivered to his terminally ill brother during his final days at the GeorgetownMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen CummingsPublic Hospital Corporation.In a telephone interview, Minister Cummings told the Guyana Times that there will be systems in place to address the training of nurses to deliver quality care to their patients. She added that nurses are not supposed to be on their phones while on shift, since they are aware of the level of responsibility required of them.“We are aware of the issues, but I want to say that there are supervisors for the nurses, and they know that they are not supposed to be on their phones because they are very important in the delivery of health care,” she explained.“We are developing programmes to teach them customer care and efficiency, but the issues didn’t come the other day; (they are) something that we inherited, and moving forward, we are going to address (them). I want to say that in addressing (the issues) we would have to reassess the attitudes of the nurses and then we have to overhaul the system to improve it,” the minister added.The complaintIn his letter, Dr Devonish said he visited Guyana during the Christmas holiday, and would have arrived on December 22, and immediately went to the GPHC to visit his brother.He explained that the sight that greeted him was one that left much to be desired, since his brother was on a bed with no sheets, wearing pampers overflowing with urine and faeces.“I went to the nurse and politely asked for some gloves to tidy him. I also asked forGPHC Chief Executive Officer, Brigadier (ret’d) George Lewisa bed sheet. The nurse, who was on her phone and (was) obviously annoyed at being disturbed, rudely told me that the hospital has no bed sheets, and then pointed in the direction of a box of gloves. I proceeded to take three pairs of gloves, since my other two brothers also needed gloves. Her response (was), ‘Wha you going with all a da’. We bought three sets of bed sheets for him, to make him comfortable,” he wrote.Dr Devonish, who is working in the UK as a consultant in Acute Internal Medicine at the Nottingham University Hospital, also did his internship at the GPHC. He said he was amazed at the lack of critical care delivered to his brother.He said that after they would have cleaned his brother, they bought three sets of sheets for his bed, only to return the next day to find his bed without sheets and the sheets he had brought stolen. He added that, along with the sheets, his brother’s cellphone was also stolen.He notes that every day until his brother died, they were met with a sheet-less bed and overflowing pampers when they visited him. The doctor explained that on the third day he discovered his brother had a laceration on his arm, which was sutured, but the man was unaware as to how he got it. The nurses on duty also had no idea as to how the man was wounded, and who had stitched him up.The following day, things got worse, since one of his brothers returned to the hospital to discover their ill brother lying on the floor in a pool of blood, with a nurse not too far away dispensing drugs. The nurse told the family that the man was on the floor for a short while, and went about her business.He added that on the fifth day his family met his brother in the same state. However, he related that he was able to see his brother’s drug chart, which he inspected only to discover that no critical medication was being administered, and he proceeded to question why. The answer was one he did not expect, since he was “rudely chastised” for reading the chart, and was told to take up the medication issue with the doctor the following day.“On the sixth day, I recognised that my brother was dying and had a few hours to live. We wanted to spend his last hours with him, but were not allowed to. In the UK, our patients, when dying, are placed in a side room and the relatives are allowed to spend the last hours or days with them. I recognise that the ward does not have side rooms, but at the bare minimum, we should have been allowed to be with him during his last hours. Of course, on our arrival, he had no bed sheet and his pampers were overflowing with faeces and urine,” Dr Devonish related.“Our brother died alone a few hours after we left. He was 34 years old. It is sad the way the hospital treated a terminally ill patient. Also, it was very embarrassing that a hospital that boasts of making progress, a hospital that boasts of performing renal transplant surgeries, a hospital that boasts of performing coronary angiograms, a hospital that boasts of renal dialysis, and a hospital that boasts of performing coronary bypass surgeries did not have simple bed sheets during the period our brother was an inpatient and possibly beyond,” he gut-wrenchingly wrote.Disappointed“Yes, I saw the letter and I was disappointed. I read the letter because I felt that, rather than going to the press, Mr. Devonish should have shared the information with us (at the GPHC), and we certainly would have launched an investigation into the issue and taken corrective actions, whether it would be disciplinary, whether it be training or whatever, to correct the situation,” GPHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Brigadier (ret’d) George Lewis, said when contacted on Saturday.He noted that, following publication of the letter, the administration has since launched an investigation into the incident; and upon completion, actions would be taken against those found culpable.Additionally, he said the Social Cohesion Ministry had brought up the establishment of a final days/hours room, and the administration is looking at the possibility.“The hospital is actively exploring the possibility of, if not having independent rooms for the different religions, at least seeing if we can have one room which can be used by different religions,” Lewis noted.The hospital’s CEO said that since his appointment, nurses and other professionals at the institution would have undergone at least four customer care training sessions, learning the basics of public interaction best practices. He added that there are plans to continue to train staffers so that they can deliver quality care to patients accessing services at the institution.However, Lewis disagreed with the notion of most nurses being on their phones and ignoring patients while on duty. He said that while there are “one and two” who are culpable, the majority of the nurses are concerned about their patients.“The letter did state (that) for a number of days this situation was going on, and I am disappointed, because we have at the hospital a Complaints Department, and in addition to that, there are a number of other layers of management that a complaint could have been lodged, and we would have taken immediate action to correct the situation,” the CEO said, while reiterating his disappointment at the way Dr Devonish had handled the situation.He urged the public to make use of the Complaints Department whenever they are aggrieved. The Department is located in the first administrative building, and operates every day from 08:00hrs to 16:30hrs. (Lakhram Bhagirat)
ExxonMobil – the international conglomerate currently engaged in the exploration of oil in Guyana, is looking to ensure that local content accounts for as much as 95 per cent of its operation. This was the assurance given on Tuesday when Country Manager Jeff Simons met with members of the media at the Cara Lodge to provide an update on the ExxonMobil operations.According to Simons, there are currently 300 Guyanese in the employ of ExxonMobil and depending on how its operations proceed, this number could be increased.Simons was also quick to caution that the operation of the rig is not labour intensive. He did seek to point out that wherever ExxonMobil has its operations, it seeks to ensure that local content is protected and maintained at a level between 75 per cent and 95 per cent. Simons told members of the media that while many of the technical people employed by ExxonMobil are foreigners, the company is looking to train more Guyanese.There are currently no Guyanese employed on the drilling rig, according to Simon. The majority of the Guyanese employed by Exxon have been subcontracted.According to Simons, ExxonMobil currently has 148 contracts with Guyanese providing a range of services, including security and transportation –accounting for the bulk of the 300 locals employed.The use of local content in the ExxonMobil operations its “pretty high,” according to Simons, who went on to say that the company is still in the beginning phase of its operations and actual oil production at 100,000 barrels per day is not expected until 2020.He announced too that the company is gearing to sink another exploration well in a matter of weeks and that the company is encouraged by the data it would have accumulated thus far from its previous wells.The Liza-3 well, according to Simons, will be sunk further North from its other two wells in deeper waters at some 400 feet.He reported too that the oil that has been recovered thus far is of a high quality and while nothing has been finalised as yet, the oil will be likely sold to Petrotrin in Trinidad and Tobago.The company will be employing the services of a super tanker to transport the oil.Simons said based on the data recovered thus far, ExxonMobil is confident that there is an extremely large reservoir of oil in addition to natural gas.He suggested however that unlike the case in Trinidad and Tobago, the quantities of gas mixed in the oil does not warrant commercialising the operations. The gas, according to Simons, will at this stage be used to run the operations of the rig and that which it does not need will be returned to the reservoir.This practice, he said would, ensure maximum production of oil from the well.Tuesday’s engagement represented another of its outreaches with stakeholders and it was pointed out too that all of the data obtained by ExxonMobil is being shared with the Guyana Government and other bodies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and Conservation International.He also used the opportunity to report on a Production Sharing Agreement inked with Government which guarantees the recouping of its investments and to also secure a revenue stream for the Guyana Government on day one of production.According to Simmons, from day one of commercial operations, Guyana will be receiving close to half of the revenues from profit.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Saturday said that the billions of dollars which have been plugged into the education and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sectors by the Government are paying dividends as he congratulated the top 10 students of Region Three ( Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), all of whom have secured a spot at the nation’s premier secondary institution, Queen’s College.Minister Harmon was at the time speaking at a simple ceremony organised by the Education Ministry at the Regional Education Office, Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara (WBD), where the top 10 students received tokens for their outstanding performance.Noting that the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) is a critical point in the promotion of learning at the primary level, Minister Harmon said that this assessment enabled the nation to identify the ‘cream of our human resource potential’ as a nation and served as the basis for the placement of students in the secondary school system, so that those with the acumen and ability could benefit from the best environment and facilities to forge ahead with their academic endeavours and educational development.“This system, though not perfect, seeks to provide those with the potential and talent with the best opportunities and resources for continued success as they move from the primary to the secondary level of education. This assessment, albeit very important, is but one aspect of our Government’s wider perception of the role of education and its importance to national development.“With regard to that wider perception, it is our conviction that the objective of creating a ‘green’ state and ‘green’ economy through the sustainable development of our vast resources for the benefit of all of our citizens and of providing a good life for all of our citizens can be achieved only by people with a first-class education. This has been emphasised by President David Granger,” he said.The Minister added that this conviction could be discerned by the resources that the Government has allocated to education over the past three years and the efforts that have been made to improve the public education system with technology such as smart classrooms, ICT hubs and other such tangible projects.He added that the aim was to modernise the education sector and improve the delivery of education in rural communities across Guyana, by making ICT available in classrooms.Region Three, he noted, has not been left out of these developments. “For example, Zeeburg Secondary School and the [Saraswati Vidya Niketan] SVN Hindu School received $1 million each to boost their Science and Technology laboratories, while so far, 12 secondary schools and 27 primary schools have been provided with Internet service. In addition, 22 ICT hubs have been installed in communities in Region Three that will enable students without Internet access at home to complete research, assignments and other school-based activities,” the Minister of State is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Meanwhile, Senior Education Officer at the Education Ministry, Carol Benn told the students that the opportunities before them were now boundless and they must ensure that they take advantage of these.The students who received tokens were: Darren Ramphal of Leonora Primary School, who copped 522 marks; Saif Azeze from the Academy of Excellence (522 marks); Virendra Dookie, Leonora Primary School (521 marks); Devina Chan, Vreed-en-Hoop Primary (520 marks); Ziya Haniff, Vreed-en-Hoop Primary (519 marks); Haresh Persaud, Academy of Excellence (519 marks); Bhairav Hardat, Leonora Primary (518 marks); Narendra Maraj, Academy of Excellence (518 marks); Afiyah Harry, Academy of Excellence (518 marks) and Zackiea Ali, Meten-Meer-Zorg Islamic (518 marks).
1 Fans clash at Euro 2016 The huge security operation surrounding England’s next Euro 2016 football match has been bolstered amid fears of a fresh wave of violence.Extra British police will be deployed to France ahead of the next round of Group B matches and authorities in both England and Russia have appealed for supporters to behave in the wake of disorder in Marseille at the weekend.French police have arrested 43 Russian fans suspected of being involved after stopping a bus in the Alpes-Maritimes region in the south of the country on Tuesday, according to local media reports.And UK police are also assisting the investigation into the Marseille melee by scouring CCTV, social media and press images to identify any fans who were involved, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said.English fans suspected of disorder could face court action when they return to the UK in the form of football banning orders, the NPCC spokeswoman warned.NPCC lead for football policing, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts appealed for witnesses to send police any footage and said: “A number of images of those involved in disorder have been collated and work continues to identify those involved.”It comes after the first fan to appear in a UK court over the trouble in France was handed a five-year football ban, after a police “spotter” in the UK saw video of the man “throwing a chair”.Meanwhile, Uefa have handed Russia a suspended disqualification from the tournament following the crowd disturbances at the game against the Three Lions in Marseille on Saturday.The Football Association were previously warned that further disorder could lead to the England team also being kicked out.But concerns have been raised about the security of fans as England prepare to take on Wales in Lens on Thursday and Russia play Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday, with the northern French cities just 23 miles apart.The security operation in Lens, which one local official said would be “in lockdown”, will be boosted by additional British police officers and also by British Transport Police, who will extend patrols from Eurostar trains to local rail services.Fabienne Buccio, prefect of the Pas-de-Calais region, said 1,200 police officers and 1,200 private security workers would be on duty on the day of the game.A ban on off-licences selling alcohol will also be in force in both cities between Tuesday evening and Friday morning.Answering an urgent question in the Commons on Tuesday, Theresa May said British police officers known as “spotters” who are trained to identify troublemakers have been sent to France.The Home Secretary told the chamber: “And in fact whatever the French have asked for then we are willing to provide to them, and as I said, that goes both for police and British Transport Police.”She said that for “operational reasons” she would not reveal how many officers are being sent across the Channel.A NPCC spokeswoman said the additional officers being deployed for the England game against Wales had “already been agreed with the French” prior to the tournament, rather than a “reaction to what’s happened recently”.And BTP Assistant Chief Constable Alun Thomas said: “In addition to the patrols on Eurostar trains, officers will now extend their patrols on French rail services in order to support fans.“Working with the French authorities, we will continue to monitor the situation and send officers where they are needed.”Some 50,000 English and Welsh supporters are due to descend on Lens, while many fans are also expected to be staying in Lille and Mrs May said the Foreign Office is advising England fans without tickets not to travel to either city.Six British fans were jailed for between one and three months on Monday for their part in the Marseille violence, while on Tuesday 24-year-old Birmingham City supporter Daniel Warlow was given a five-year football banning order for his part in the disorder on Friday, June 10.Earlier, FA chairman Greg Dyke said he has “serious concerns” about the security of fans, while Russia manager Leonid Slutsky asked his nation’s supporters to display “correct behaviour”.A group of 150 Russian hooligans, known as ultras, who were involved in the Marseille trouble and were described by French authorities as “hyper violent” and “hyper rapid” are also feared to be still at large.There has already been talk on social media of some England fans seeking revenge on their Russian counterparts, with one user on Twitter suggesting the “English cavalry is comin”, and looking for a “tear up” in Lens on Wednesday.Another tweet said: “You don’t press on the English without expecting some fight back. We can take the fight to their level” after boasting of a fight with four Russians while travelling through France following Saturday’s game.Meanwhile, a group of Russia supporters simply posted “R.I.P english hooliganism”.
on target Arsenal are in Pot One for the Europa League draw, which takes place at midday on Friday August 31 Arsenal will want to begin their European season in a different fashion to their domestic campaign.Under new manager Unai Emery, the Gunners have won just one from three at the start of the Premier League. 1 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Latest Europa League News Once again this season they will be participating in the Europa League.Arsenal finished sixth in the league and so therefore go straight into Europe’s secondary competition.Their UEFA Club Coefficient guarantees them a spot in Pot One, but who can they draw from Pots Two, Three and Four? Arsenal’s Best-Case Scenario:Pot One: ArsenalPot Two: AstanaPot Three: QarabagPot Four: DudelangeArsenal would undoubtedly see themselves through the above group with little trouble at all.Kazakh champions Astana are one of the weakest from Pot Two (though Rapid Vienna are another option). They were beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League qualifying.Azerbaijani champions Qarabag are a lesser side from Pot Three (alongside Malmo and Standard Liege). They were beaten by BATE Borisov in Champions League qualifying.Luxembourg champions Dudelange seem to be the smallest of the minnows in Pot Four (although you can quite frankly take your pick, excluding Rangers and Rosenborg). They were beaten by MOL Vidi in Champions League qualifying.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University men’s soccer team tied Iowa Western, 0-0, in an exhibition match on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Cownie Soccer Complex.”It was great to be playing on campus and to have a great crowd cheering us on,” head coach Gareth Smith said. “This was another very strong and pleasing performance from our guys during these early stages of the preseason. We showed that we are very well organized defensively and limited the opposition to very few actions in our defensive third.”The Bulldogs were picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason coaches’ poll. They cap their three-match exhibition schedule with a contest against Drury University on Sunday, Aug. 25 at Cownie Soccer Complex. Drake’s first regular season match will take place at Oral Roberts on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version
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Gardai are investigating a spate of car break-ins while motorists attended mass today.The break-ins occurred as people attended 9.30am mass at the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny.A total of four cars had their windows smashed in and a number of items were taken from the unattended cars. Gardai are seeking the occupants of a black Volkswagon Scirocco which was seen in the area at the time.There were two males on board.Garda Grainne Doherty has appealed to anybody who seen anything suspicious outside the church between 9.30am and 9.50am to get in touch with Gardai in Letterkenny.“We would appeal to anybody who seen anything suspicious including this black car to get in touch.” Fury as cars broken into outside local church in Letterkenny was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
James DeGale stayed on course for a world title fight with an 11th-round stoppage of Gevorg Khatchikian at Bristol’s City Academy.Making the third defence of his WBC Silver super-middleweight title, DeGale dominated most of the fight, although he endured some difficult moments in the seventh round.He eventually managed to finish off his previously unbeaten opponent, flooring him twice – both times with body shots – in the penultimate round, prompting the referee to stop the contest two seconds before the bell.The fight was intended to be a warm-up for a final eliminator for a shot at the world title held by WBC champion Sako Bika.That planned eliminator against Badou Jack was scheduled for later this year but DeGale’s already troubled path to the world title he craves appeared to become foggier when Jack suffered a shock defeat 24 hours earlier.Jack was beaten in the first round by unheralded American veteran Derek Edwards – his first defeat – leaving DeGale’s immediate future unclear.The Harlesden man at least kept his side of the bargain, although underdog Gevorg Khatchikian was no pushover in what was a huge step up in class for the Netherlands-based Armenian.DeGale was sloppy in a second round in which he was carelessly caught with shots and cut near his left eye.Having switched off, he emphatically switched back on in the following round, landing with a number of body shots and a stiff left-right combination to the head.More shots to the body seemed to hurt Khatchikian in the fourth, and in round five two solid uppercuts and another big left from DeGale also had an effect.There were anxious moments in the seventh, however, when DeGale was backed up against the ropes and appeared to be stunned after being tagged with a right uppercut and a couple of follow-up shots.To his credit, DeGale responded strongly and in the following round it was his opponent who looked groggy as the Olympic gold medallist landed to body and head.Khatchikian was also on rubbery legs – again largely the result of thudding body shots – in the ninth, and two rounds later he could take no more.Having been stung by a shot to the jaw, he went down after another accurate body shot and having bravely battled on, he soon found himself on the canvas again.He climbed to his feet to beat the count for a second time, but the referee had seen enough, leaving DeGale safely past what could yet turn out to be the last obstacle on the way to a world title challenge.With Jack now out of the picture, DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy, backed by the British Boxing Board of Control, is lobbying the WBC for DeGale to be installed as the mandatory challenger to Bika without the need for an eliminator.See also:Confident DeGale eyes world title shotDeGale eyes world title after joining HearnFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN JOSE — For three games, starting Saturday, the Sharks prospects that are taking part in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff Tournament will have the undivided attention of the organization’s scouts, managers and coaches in attendance.So, yes, it’s important for these players — ranging in age from 18 to 24 — to begin to stand out now before the Sharks’ main training camp begins next Friday.“You’re looking for the compete factor in guys,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.“Basically, you …