World Blood Donor DayAs Guyana joins the rest of the world in observance of World Blood Donor Day today under the theme “Blood Connects Us All”, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is challenging the public to work with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in achieving its vision of having 100 per cent voluntary blood donations by 2020.While the day is set aside for raising awareness on the crucial importance of blood donation, as well as recognising voluntary donors forFrank Anthonytheir continued support, the Ministry along with NBTS is firm in their vision of ensuring blood is more freely donated.With the figures for voluntary donation in Guyana rising from 25 per cent in 1990 to 90 per cent currently, this brings the country closer to its goal of having full support from the public in enhancing the health sector.The ministry through the NBTS has recorded a total of 9698 units of blood donated annually as well as a number of blood drives conducted on a regular basis. The aim is, however, to have 10,000-12,000 units donated yearly since this is the average amount required for over 15,000 surgeries.The accomplishment of this was credited to the competence of NBTS which has been the initiator of a number of projects over the past decade for promoting voluntary blood donation across Guyana.The NBTS attested to this improvement as acting director of the organisation, Pedro Lewis, reported that there is a significant improvement in the number of voluntary donors who visit regularly to make donations to the bank.In addition, he stated that a number of organisations have been working in close association with NBTS in organizing blood drives across the regions.However, there remains a dire need for the continuation of this response as the blood bank is always in need in the case of emergencies.Lewis explained that NBTS had taken up the mandate of supplying blood wherever it is needed, whether private or public healthGeorge Nortoninstitutions and it has maintained its function over the years.For this reason, citizens were encouraged to become more aware of the importance of making regular donations to the bank, given their personal conditions are intact with the standard health regulation.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) through its shadow minister of health, Dr Frank Anthony, has indicated that Guyana has much to celebrate because of its accomplishments over the past years to meet the criteria set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for voluntary blood donation.The PPP/C had taken much of the credit for this achievement since it believes that the implementation of strategic measures with the NBTS were efficient in its cause.It was highlighted that in order for Guyana to thrust forward in the area of health, there needs to be much more done by the current ministry to ensure the process of blood transfusion becomes safer for the patients who are to receive the blood.Noting the current plight of the health sector where there is a lag in the delivery of medical supply, the PPP/C urged the ministry to take immediate steps to rectify this situation.“This shortage has prevented the timely screening of blood, which has already affected the availability of safe blood. We urge the government to take immediate steps to correct these deficiencies. Let us continue to provide safe blood to our people; there should be no compromise.” With the Zika Virus quickly brewing in Guyana, it was pointed out that this should be more reason for the ministry to address the shortages. It was suggested that samples also be screened in order to detect the virus before the blood is transfused.On that note, the party commended NBTS as well as the voluntary donors for their contributions, and urged more partnerships between health organisations, as well as the ministry and NBTS so that a reliable supply of blood is always in store to meet the needs of the population.World Blood Donor Day is celebrated worldwide to mark the significance of voluntary blood donors as well as to raise awareness. It was first observed in 2004 and has since been recognised annually.
Residents on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) who were affected by a flood caused by a high spring tide are calling on the relevant authorities as it related to the compensation that they were promised.When Guyana Times spoke to the aggravated residents on Monday, they noted that they have not received any word on the compensation that was owed to them.A livestock farmer, whose only name was given as Singh, explained that all of his livestock were killed or injured in the floodwaters. As such, his income vanished.“What happen is that we ain’t hear from these people and we need the money. Right now I don’t have anything. I lost all the chickens in the flood,” he stated.Meanwhile, others indicated that owing to infrastructural losses, they needed the monies to restore their lives. The early March flood also destroyed appliances and other valuable belongings.As such, members of the affected communities are requesting that they receive their compensation as soon as possible.When contacted, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Uitvlugt/Tuschen, Vishal Ambedkar, revealed that they have not received any official confirmation about the compensation and that “it will fall from an official at the RDC level”.However, when this publication spoke via phone with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Chairman of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Julius Faerber, he said: “I don’t know anything about that. We have not heard anything. Those lists were sent directly to the Minister of State. I have not seen any of those lists so far.”Earlier this month, huge waves pummelled the sea defence, causing breakages along sections of the seawalls and major flooding in a number of communities along the coast. As such, losses totalling approximately $100 million were assessed by the Geographical Representative and Member of Parliament (MP), Mohammed Irfaan Ali and submitted to the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. However, they were awaiting a final confirmation from Minister Harmon to verify whether the assessments were accurate. To date, no response has been given to the flood victims in respect to the status of their compensation.
The passive park was scheduled to be completed during the summer, and most of the work was done in August. It was finished the Friday before Labor Day and features curved stone benches, fresh grass and flagpoles. Speaking over the hum of passing cars and the occasional honked horn, Hahn said the new park would give a good first impression to those entering San Pedro from the Harbor (110) Freeway. “A first impression is a lasting impression,” she said, noting that the lot used to be “dilapidated” and “blighted.” She thanked representatives from the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Recreation and Parks, saying, “We really were pushing to make sure the park happened for this city.” Hahn also thanked San Pedro resident Jim Hussey, who worked for more than 10 years to make the Welcome Park a reality. She unveiled a plaque on one of the park’s stone benches that will honor Hussey’s work. “This would not have happened without this lady,” Hussey said of Hahn, admitting that he was getting teary-eyed. The councilwoman and audience members discussed the next phase of projects, suggesting that more than just one lot needs to be cleaned up on Gaffey. “I feel like the Harbor Area always gets the short part of the stick,” Hahn said, noting work that needs to be done. She jokingly took an impromptu vote among the crowd to figure out what to do with the elevated pedestrian bridge near the Welcome Park, which some have said should be taken down. She also said the lot adjacent the park, on the corner of Sepulveda and Gaffey, might be purchased and turned into a continuation of the park. In addition, Hahn said the irrigation and landscaping along the end of the 110 will be completed by the end of the year, and that the city of Los Angeles will soon sign an agreement with the state to acquire a stretch of Gaffey Street from the 110 to Ninth Street, allowing the city to take over repairs. The Welcome Park and all these projects, Hahn said, would help provide a beautiful first impression of a beautiful community in L.A. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Over 30 people gathered earlier this week at the new Welcome Park on Gaffey Street to celebrate its dedication and to look to the next phase of beautifying San Pedro. “It finally happened,” City Councilwoman Janice Hahn happily told the crowd Monday morning.