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first_img– 30.5% of proceeds for community developmentThe Kwakwani community in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) is expected to reap the economic benefits associated with the recent handing over of a barge by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Regional Vice Chairman Alroy Adolph said 30.5 per cent of the proceeds would go to the community, which would greatly help in its development.He noted that previously the community did not benefit from any of the revenue generated by the barge, which for years was operated by a private owner. Passengers using the vessel would usually pay $200 for a return trip, while motor vehicles crossed at a cost of $2000. Larger trucks had a crossing charge of $16,000.Adolph said in an effort to facilitate the handover, an official document was sent to the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairperson through Winston Rosario of NICIL. He noted that the vessel was working under a two-month contract undertaken with private company Edwards to see how it would work out.The barge, located at the crushing plant, was officially expected to recommence activities on Monday. According to Adolph, a number of logging trucks and Canters which were stalled pending the way forward were expected to cross the waterway.“It’s a plus to the community because when you look at 30.5 per cent based upon how many vehicles cross, looking at two trucks per day, that would give you approximately $240,000 for the month and it’s a plus to the community because about two or three persons would be employed,” he said.Apart from the barge, he noted that the NDC would benefit from the collection of rates and taxes.last_img read more

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first_imgParticipants at the just ended national stakeholders dialogue Widespread substance abuse in the country has claimed citizens’ attention and, they want government to put an immediate end to it by prosecuting those importing the narcotic substances.The citizens are not alone in their fight to curb drug abuse. Grand Bassa County District #5 Representative Thomas Goshua has also called on citizens, including rural dwellers, particularly those in concession areas, to stop the use of illegal substances, something he observed is now on the increase.“As a government, we need to put stop to this issue, because it is damaging the future of our young generation,” Goshua said.He made the remarks on Thursday, May 24, at a one-day high level national dialogue with stakeholders on progress made so far and the challenges faced by people living in rural areas.The dialogue was held among five counties, including Sinoe, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa and Bomi/Cape Mount, under the theme, “Strengthening Women’s Right and Participation in Peace-building.”The event was organized by EDUCARE, a local non-governmental organization, to highlight the social effect on those using illegal substances.During the discussions participants expressed concern that if the government does not contain this in the coming years, more people will be like those who are currently in the streets (crazy people) as a result of drug addiction.All of the counties that participated in the training flagged a number of problems, including drug addiction, especially among  youths.In Gbarpolu and Sinoe counties, according to the women representatives at the dialogue, there is a shortage of resourceful men as most of the men in those areas have turned into drug users. The women said most of the men consume narcotic drugs.They accused state security personnel assigned in these counties of aiding drug traffickers because of the kickbacks they receive. “Women are fighting over men because the bulk of the handsome young men in the county are taking drugs; this is serious and needs government intervention.”About the projectEDUCARE is strengthening women rights and participation in peace-building and is working with 1,150 rural women at the grass-root level from across 23 key concession communities in five counties.Under the project, women in the targeted concession areas will be able to engage and meaningfully participate in the management of the natural resources within their communities and place demand for their rights from stakeholders, including demands for the implementation of agreed corporate social responsibility arrangements.Under the project,  23 concession communities women’s development structures have received capacity building assistance, to enable the attainment of mutual benefits through playing the role of mediation, helping to negotiate disagreements and conflicts between the companies and community members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgWith Guyana still lagging behind with its epidemiology coverage, the Public Health Ministry will embark on a triple therapy programme this year, beginning in October which will see persons being given about seven to nine pills to tackle Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), also called filaria.In a newspaper advertisement published on Sunday, the Ministry, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), announced that the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) will commence in October.Moreover, it noted that a new drug, Ivermectin, will be introduced along with the two pills already known to the public – Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and Albendazole.The combination of pills, referred to as IDA, is very effective and safe, the Ministry said. More importantly, Guyana will move closer to its target of eliminating filaria with the use of these drugs. In fact, Guyana requires only two more rounds of successful MDA with this regimen.As such, the Ministry has urged persons to drink their pills when pill distributors come around.The new drug, Ivermectin, is a medication used to treat many types of parasitic infestations. This includes head lice, scabies, and LF.Research shows that it is better to take the drug on an empty stomach or one to two hours after a meal.Side effects of the drug include headache; dizziness; muscle pain; nausea; diarrhoea, swelling of hands, ankles or feet; swelling or tenderness of lymph nodes and/or itching.Earlier this year, it was revealed that epidemiology coverage increased from 45.7 per cent in 2015 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica); and Five (Mahaica-Berbice) to 54.2 per cent in 2016 and 82 per cent in 2017 and 79 per cent in 2018 in the four targeted Regions – Three, Four, Five and 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice).Presently, those four regions are benefiting from the free pills as these were found to be the most affected Regions during a survey conducted by the Ministry a few years ago.At the same event, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr Karen Campbell pointed out that nine of Guyana’s 10 Administrative Regions are plagued by the disease. These Regions, she added, have surpassed a one per cent prevalence in each.According to the DCMO, the country’s current strategy would not be able to interrupt the transmission of LF by 2020 and so it is important for the programme to be implemented.In fact, she said, “Our current use of DA (Diethylcarbamazine and Albendazole) would not achieve this and, therefore, we don’t really have much choice. We have to embrace IDA if we want to qualify.”last_img read more

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