Health Minister questions competence of regional administration

first_imgLa Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre\… to visit the region todayFollowing an article appearing in the September 6 issue of Guyana Times highlighting the deplorable condition of the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre,The hymac used to clear the bushes from the nearby lotJunior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings said she is seriously questioning the competence of the regional administration in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).In a telephone interview, the Minister said the regional administration budgets for the up-keep of health facilities and questioned the modus operandi of the administration.“The region have money for cleaning and I am shocked and disgusted that they would allow it to get to this stage… we have systems in place but I would like to believe that those systems are not working,” the Minister said.“I don’t want to micromanage because we (the Ministry of Public Health) are here as the oversight body and it’s the regions that have to take care of their facilities,” she added.Minister Cummings said the Public Health Ministry is unaware of the condition of the healthcare facility since the Regional Health Officer (RHO) failed to report it. She added that she is going to pay a visit to the region today and will make special effort to visit the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre to speak with nurses and patients at the facility.“I am disappointed but I will be able to give more information after I visit there tomorrow and see firsthand what the situation is,” she said.Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent of the Region, Dr Bibi Jabar said she becameA section of the cleared landaware of the situation after it appeared in Guyana Times, adding that she along with Deputy Regional Executive Officer visited the facility.“I can tell you that we have visited the health centre and we began some works there,” she said, while refusing to state what work was being executed.Dr Jabar is currently holding the post of RHO since the acting RHO is on vacation leave and is expected to be back at work by the end of September.Several calls to the DREO’s office went unanswered. However, a source within theAnother section of the cleared arearegion said the compound of the health centre is expected to be cleared before the end of the week and the toilet stall is to be repaired ‘shortly’.When this publication revisited the facility later Wednesday afternoon, it was observed that the bushes on the southern side, beyond the fence were cleared. In addition, the standpipe was repaired with pipes being connected to the building. However, the pile of garbage at the back of the building remained intact and theAdditional pipes attached to the standpipewashroom stall is yet to be outfitted with a door and water.Residents and patients accessing services at the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre are complaining bitterly about the condition of the washroom facilities, water access and the general bushy compound. In addition, patients are complaining about the level of healthcare they receive, saying the staff at the facility are never on time and when they do arrive to work, they take at least one hour before they begin attending to patients.When this publication visited the health-care facility on Tuesday, it was observed that the grass in the yard was overgrown, measuring as high as three feet in some areas. The washroom stall has no door, the toilet does not flush and overgrown grass is slowly creeping into the stall.In addition to a bushy compound, there is garbage at the back of the yard that was poorly disposed of – an attempt to burn the garbage was visible but most of it was not destroyed by the fire. In addition, there are no rubbish bins in the compound of the facility. The water tank and trestle is surrounded by bushy vegetation, with no water flowing through the standpipe in the front of the yard.last_img read more

CHP to be at peak force

first_imgLANCASTER – More California Highway Patrol officers will be out on Antelope Valley highways and roads over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The CHP’s maximum enforcement period, when 80 percent of officers are on patrol, will start at 6 tonight and run through Sunday. “This is one of the heaviest holidays for vehicular traffic,” CHP Officer Henry Ross said. “We expect a lot of traffic this weekend.” Traffic traveling along Highway 138 through the Antelope Valley to Interstate 15 was already bumper to bumper Monday night, Ross said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals CHP officers will be cracking down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear seat belts. Officials say wearing a seat belt is the easiest and quickest way to survive a crash. Fifty-six people were killed on California roadways over the 2004 Thanksgiving weekend. Within the CHP’s jurisdiction, of the 39 vehicle occupants killed, 15 were not wearing seat belts. Two people died last Thanksgiving weekend on Antelope Valley highways and roads. A 26-year-old Littlerock woman died the night before Thanksgiving 2004 when her car collided head-on with a big rig on Highway 138, and a 41-year-old Littlerock woman died the following Saturday when her sport utility vehicle hit a tree blown down by wind onto Avenue K east of Lancaster. Meanwhile, the California Department of Transportation warns travelers to expect heavy traffic during peak periods on Interstate 5 north of Santa Clarita at Templin Highway. Crews continue work to stabilize a mountainside that caused heavy damage to the freeway during rains last winter. Three northbound lanes and four southbound lanes remain open. Caltrans officials suggest using The Old Road, which parallels the freeway through the Santa Clarita Valley, as an alternate. last_img read more