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Wakenaam hospital is part of the declining public health system

first_imgDear Editor,Every day, another horrifying public health story shocks the people of Guyana. Last week, at least three families were forced to use ice boxes to store the bodies of their deceased relatives in Wakenaam. Even as storage was a problem because of the malfunctioning mortuary refrigerators, deceased bodies could not be removed from the hospital because there was no doctor to sign-off the death certificates. One family complained that their relative died on Friday, but was still there on Sunday because they had to await the arrival of a doctor. Up to Sunday afternoon, there still was no doctor, and when checks were made about noon on Monday, a doctor was still unavailable to sign-off the death and so relatives were forced to continue using the icebox to keep the body from deteriorating.At Wakenaam District Hospital, the problems are many – the malfunctioning mortuary is obscene. But there are other problems. Availability of doctors has become a major concern for citizens in this humble farming community. In a discussion with the Chairman of the NDC on the island, he confirmed there is a major problem with missing doctors, with availability becoming periodic rather than sustained. This important district hospital, more often now, has no doctors. The Ministry of Public Health has completely ignored the urgent calls from citizens in Wakenaam and from the RDC of Region Three to address the doctor availability problem. Even as the availability of doctors, nurses and other service providers at the Wakenaam Hospital affect the delivery of public health, the availability of medicines has become a chronic problem. It is as if the Ministry of Public Health is in a mode of phasing out the Wakenaam District Hospital.Public health in Guyana has rapidly declined since May 2015. For most of that time, Ms Volda Lawrence, the People’s National Congress (PNC) Chairman, has been in charge of the Public Health Ministry. This lady, who vowed her only friends are “PNC-people” and that as the Chairman of the PNC and as a senior Minister in the APNU/AFC Cabinet her mandate is to find jobs “only for PNC-people”, failed to appreciate that public health must be for all people. She failed to recognise that when public health fails, it affects all Guyanese, including “PNC-people”. The next person who requires the use of a mortuary or an X-ray or medicines or doctors might well be one of these “PNC-people”. We never know the next person who needs the public health system.The rapid deterioration of the public health system is on display every single day, with newspaper, TV and radio news and public discourse stories highlighting the many struggles people endure as they try to access public health. A week ago, I had frantic calls from the Essequibo Island of Wakenaam about troubles at the district hospital there. This hospital, which should be a place where people go for their ailments, is now a place filled with its own ailments as described above.As Minister of Health, I worked diligently with our people, the public health staff and the Government to ensure we stopped the practice of iceboxes to preserve the bodies of our loved ones. We ensured that all our district hospitals were equipped to provide refrigerated storage of the bodies of deceased persons. But non-functioning mortuaries has become a malady of the public health system. There are occasionally reports that the mortuary of the GPHC, the premier hospital in Guyana, is down. There have been reports of other non-functioning mortuaries around the country. For many months now, the mortuary at New Amsterdam has been unavailable. Passing through Mahaicony two days ago, I was similarly told by residents that Mahaicony is not offering refrigerated mortuary service presently. At Fort Wellington, the refrigerated mortuary facility used is a private mortuary, paid for by the families of the deceased patients. It is heartbreaking that the public health sector adds further trauma and stress to people because they must worry about the preservation of the bodies of their deceased relatives.As this unnecessary stress intensifies within the public sector, the Minister herself has treated this important function of the public health sector as an orphan. In a recent trip to commission a repaired kitchen at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, a few feet away from the empty, unused, broken-down mortuary, she completely ignored that the hospital forces people to use private mortuary services, at a cost many of them cannot afford. Even as people outside picketed her, trying to draw her attention to the non-availability of mortuary services at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, she ignored any recognition that there is a problem.In the last week, Volda Lawrence, who still refuses to acknowledge the people fired her on December 21 and that she has been illegally squatting as the Minister of Public Health since March 21, has visited Regions Six, Five and Three. Ms Lawrence and her APNU/AFC colleagues have unfortunately been rejected by the people, having to speak to only people who were bussed-in and greeted with protesters everywhere. But even as they parade across these regions, brazenly funding their political campaign with taxpayers’ money, she totally ignores the many, many problems in a rapidly declining public health system. Ms Lawrence must take responsibility for a declining public health sector.Sincerely,Dr Leslie RamsammyFormer Health Ministerlast_img read more

Housing Starts Permits Fall in January

first_img Commerce Department Housing Permits Housing Starts IHS Global Insight National Association of Home Builders 2015-02-18 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Share Housing Starts, Permits Fall in Januarycenter_img February 18, 2015 481 Views Builders began work on fewer homes last month than they did at the end of 2014, underscoring the stop-start pace of housing’s recovery.Homebuilders broke ground on new homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million in January, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. January’s rate of new construction was 2.0 percent below December’s revised estimate of 1.09 million units annually but 18.7 percent above the year-ago pace of 897,000 units.January’s drop came entirely in the market for single-family houses, with starts falling 6.7 percent month-on-month to an annual rate of 678,000. Multifamily starts, meanwhile, climbed 7.5 percent to an annualized 387,000.For January, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that its index of builder confidence slipped slightly to a reading of 57, keeping above the line separating a market largely viewed as good from one viewed as bad. That index fell again in February, dropping to 55, the group said Tuesday.While February’s decline in confidence was chalked up to adverse weather hindering near-term homebuyer activity, conditions were fairly mild in January, note economists Patrick Newport and Stephanie Karol at IHS Global Insight. In an analytical note, the pair observed that “January 2015 was the 24th warmest and the 18th driest January in the 121-year record.”Starts slipped in three of the country’s four regions, retreating to an annual rate of 111,000 in the Northeast; 140,000 in the Midwest; and 286,000 in the West. Construction remained healthy in the South, coming in at an annualized rate of 528,000.Permits for new construction projects also fell back for the month, sliding 0.7 percent to an adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million, the Commerce Department said. Single-family permits were at a rate of 654,000, down 3.1 percent from December’s revised figure.Despite starting the year on a sour note, new housing should see some improvement in the coming months as the economy continues to strengthen and policymakers take aim at boosting housing affordability, Newport and Karol say.”On the demand side, new construction will get a boost from the improving employment picture, but also from policy changes at the FHA, which seeks to improve affordability by cutting its annual mortgage insurance premium,” the pair wrote. “This will have a secondary effect on the new-home market: FHA-insured mortgagees will likely buy existing homes, freeing up the current owners of the existing homes to enter the market for new homes.”last_img read more