Chinese medical team hosts outreach in Kwakwani

first_imgIn an effort to enhance their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and extend their reach across the country, the 13th Chinese Medical Team partnered with logging company Rong-An Inc. to stage a one-day medical outreach in Kwakwani on Saturday.Mikiko Tanaka, UN Resident Coordinator; Dr Rhonda Moore, NAPS Manager; and others participating in the Health WalkThis was as 15 foreign medical practitioners journeyed to the Upper Demerara, Region 10, to offer much need medical services and nutritional advice and care to residents within the area.This initiative, which is unique to the region, was organised by the timber concessionaire that operates in close proximity to the community.While speaking to <> during the event on Saturday, Sara Huang, assistant to the managing director of the organising entity, explained that the initiative was birthed from the already existing relationship between the logging entity and the Kwakwani community.Huang highlighted, “Our company recognises that there is a great portion of people who are unable to receive the necessary medical support, or even sufficient medical support, here in Kwakwani.”Acknowledging the need to bridge the gap in medical services offered in the Upper Demerara community, the logging company reached out to the Chinese Medical Team to organise the outreach.“We organised such a medical programme with the hope that it will provide certain benefits for them (the residents), especially with certain medical advice,” relayed the Rong-An representative.The 13th Chinese Medical Team comprises of practitioners specialised in the fields of gynecology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, ophthalmology, general surgery, as well as neurology.Following the examinations conducted by the doctors, it was highlighted that an alarming number of residents within the area were presented with cases of hypertension and diabetes.With that in mind, the medical practitioners expressed interest in returning to the far-flung community to offer further support, especially with medication and other forms of treatment.Welcoming the initiative was Leona Narine, who is the Assistant Regional Executive Officer of Region 10. Narine told reporters that close to 100 residents benefited from the medical venture.The REO extended gratitude to the teams for their selfless service, and thereby opened the doors for other such ventures in the future.The 13th Chinese Medical Team has been deployed to Guyana for some 5 years now, and has embarked on several similar initiatives to date. Of the 15 doctors as part of this team, 11 of the specialists are currently on attachment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.last_img read more

City Council working out Application for Peace River Agreement

first_imgThe categories are:Transportation, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, etc. 35%Facilities, buildings, etc. 10%Equipment, vehicles, machinery, information technology, etc. 15%Operating costs (including staff) to support capital projects; research and studies, etc. 10%Other capital, one-time projects, debt servicing, etc. 30%“We are being very vigilant that this goes in the direction that we understood,” Hunter said. She said there is ‘wiggle room’ in the target percentages – For example, operating costs are listed at 10% maximum, but for the city, Hunter says they are only at 2-3%.The long term plan for Fort St. John’s funding in regard to the Peace River Agreement is due by the end of the month. The City Council has worked with the Province to further iron out details of the Peace River Agreement – a deal struck in May of this year to allocate funding from the provincial government to different municipalities in the Peace Region.The 20-year agreement is meant to help provide funding for these municipalities because of industries that happen outside of their borders, but still use their resources heavily.It has set $50 million in annual payments, that will be given starting in 2016. Over the 20 years it is set to provide funding, it’s estimated to have a value of $1.1 billion dollars.- Advertisement -“This is our first year in implementing the Peace River agreement and coming to a clear understanding of the role this application process and what the province will be requiring,” said City Manager Dianne Hunter.“We developed this application form regionally – done in house, with the support and consent of the other municipalities. They all vetted it and they’ve all looked at it.”The applications have been developed to keep autonomy at a municipal level in mind, but also make sure projects fit within the bounds of what the funding is intended for.Advertisementlast_img read more