– to aid communities on the borderTravelling to the capital city of Georgetown in times of emergency can be somewhat frustrating for some residents of indigenous communities. As such, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is considering partnering with neighbouring Brazil to have Guyanese access medical care there instead.The possible implementation of this plan should not face too many challenges, since residents of contiguous communities already utilise the health services of the Portuguese-speaking nation.It takes residents of Region Eight just about four hours of travel to access the closest hospital in Brazil, located in the town of Uiramuta. In cases when that hospital cannot handle specific cases, patients are referred to the hospital in Boa Vista.Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, embracing a young mother of Paramakatoi who made a passionate plea for better transportation, especially for persons who need emergency careMinister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, has said this arrangement could ease the painstaking efforts patients expend to get to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). She put the idea to the residents of Paramakatoi, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) during a meeting at one of the primary schools there on Sunday.According to the Department of Public Information, the minister is scheduled to meet with her Brazilian counterpart later this week, and will raise the proposal.The issue of transportation and medical service was brought to the fore during the minister’s outreach to the village. After hearing the plight of a young mother who was unable to bear the cost of flying her sick child to the city for medical checkups, and similar cries from residents, Minister Lawrence made the suggestion.“Sometimes we have to look at economies of scale; we have to look at time, and we have to look at some of those issues that you brought up — of persons who will accompany the person who is ill,” she said.According to Minister Lawrence, each year, money is usually allocated for the medical evacuation of persons. However, in many instances, before the end of the quarter, the budget is exhausted. It is clear, she said, that the needs of the various communities utilising this service outstrip the resources that are available.“That is why I’m asking about Brazil, because sometimes we have to think outside the box. And if it means us entering into an agreement with the Brazilian Government to ensure that instead of us medivacking over the mountain, certain patients we can send to Brazil…that will help all of us.” She billed this idea as the best possible solution to the current problem.Meanwhile, in response to calls for a district hospital, Minister Lawrence said it is something that Government would have to work towards accomplishing. She said that is the ideal, since many other services could be offered there to ease the high incidents of medivacking, while at the same time providing employment.In the meantime, the minister said, the Government will work to further upgrade the Mahdia Hospital, where residents of Paramakatoi also go to receive emergency treatment. According to Minister Lawrence, the Mahdia Hospital has trained doctors and facilities that should meet the needs of patients.The Health Minister has said she would also speak to her counterpart in Brazil regarding whether the services could be extended in Brazil, and the possibility of getting assistance to construct the district hospital.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was welcomed back to the lineup by coach George Karl and the rest of the Kings.The Knicks were not as excited.Cousins, the Kings’ first All-Star since 2004, scored 22 points, including 11-for-11 from the foul line, and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds as Sacramento handed New York its worst loss of the season, 124-86, on March 3.He had missed the last two games, both Kings’ losses, because of a left ankle sprain and left hip bruise.“Without ‘Cuz’ we haven’t been able to do a lot of them in the last two games, but I thought his passing was big time,” Karl said.“Cuz did a good job of orchestrating the first unit and Andre (Miller) did a good job of orchestrating the bench. There is a lot of confidence out there because of their passing.”Rudy Gay scored 25 points and Ben McLemore finished with 20 for the Kings.Sacramento (21-37) scored the first four points and never trailed. They built the lead to 16 after the first quarter and to as many as 44 in in the second half before winning by 38.Sacramento is now 3-3 since Karl took over on Feb. 17.“I think we did a good job of sharing the ball,” Cousins said. “Everyone was involved tonight. I think we communicated well early on. I think everyone played within the flow of the game, so it made it a lot easier.”Alexey Shved led the league-worst Knicks (12-47) with 15 points. Jason Smith and Shane Larkin had 13 each.“We came out a little flat tonight and they kind of jumped on us,” Larkin said. “They were just out there playing free-flowing basketball.”After shooting only 35 percent (7-for-20) from the field in the first quarter, the Knicks (12-47) were even worse in the second, going 6-for-24 for 25 percent.Their previous worst loss was by 28 points to Charlotte at home, 110-82, on Jan. 10.“The most disappointing part is not necessarily losing the game, but just the way collectively as a group we couldn’t find a way to compete against this team tonight,” said coach Derek Fisher.Sacramento started the second half on a 27-9 run and opened up a game-high 44-point lead, 92-48, on Gay’s 3-pointer with 6:01 left in the third.The Knicks responded by scoring the next 12 points and eventually got as close as 28 points, 100-72, on Smith’s jumper early in the fourth quarter. That was as close as they came.Gay, Cousins and McLemore were not needed in the fourth and sat out.Derrick Williams scored 17 points for the Kings. Nik Stauskas added 15 and Omar Casspi had 14.(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN)