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Guyana needs to do more to reduce maternal mortality rate – PAHO

first_imgRegional Health Officers from the 10 administrative regions were on Wednesday given an opportunity to highlight the challenges and achievements of the respective areas, and their plans for the year in bettering healthcare services for the public.PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr William Adu-KrowThis meeting was facilitated by the hosting of a public health meeting at Cara Lodge, in Georgetown, under the theme: “Collaboratively we build a resilient healthcare system that is acceptable, timely and appropriate to meet the needs of every person in Guyana.”During that time, representative from the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr William Adu-Krow sought to present on one of the challenging factors which Guyana’s health sector is faced with; the number of maternal deaths per year.“For us now, maternal mortality is an issue. We cannot continue to talk about it all the time and continue to have maternal deaths all the time. I was surprised because I thought we had only four deaths but [it is]…six or seven. If we have six by the end of February…that means we are looking at 36 deaths [for the year]… I think we need to do more,” he said.Adu-Krow noted that he was asked by the organisation to prepare a monthly report on the number of persons that died and the factors surrounding their deaths, which will later be analysed. Other aims include having zero mortality from haemorrhaging.Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey“We want to have zero mortality from haemorrhage. That means no woman should die delivering a baby from blood loss. This is a tall order because the last data that I looked at indicated that 52 per cent of our women come into labour with haemoglobin less than 10. That already puts them at a disadvantage,” the PAHO representative said.He explained that referral and counter referral forms are essential when transferring persons, since the next doctor will be briefed on the condition of patients and consequently, this will reduce incorrect diagnosis.Meanwhile, Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako shared some of the work done at the regional level, indicating that this meeting will serve as a stakeholder’s approach to understand the dynamics and challenges of each region. For now, accessibility is key in providing the same level of services to persons in the hinterland.Her position is that health care should be provided without discriminating against gender, age, sexual orientation or social status.Shako emphasised, “We should be giving healthcare services to persons irrespective of their sexual orientation, culture, age…. There should be no discrimination in healthcare delivery. We need to treat all patients with dignity, create trust and promote the demand for services.”While informing that specialists were placed at the regional hospitals, Shako stated that there is need for medical personnel at the sub districts.Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey shared his input on the accessibility of services to remote areas. He is of the impression that doctors should make use of the technological advancements that are given to gain assistance from practitioners in the urban areas, rather than sending persons to the coastland to be treated.As a result of the lack of these approaches, the medevac costs which were once pegged at about $40 million, currently stands at some $120 million.Jeffrey stated that the RHOs are required to recognise these problems and use all of the financial resources in providing these services. According to him, the residency programme should be reinstated to allow for specialists to visit the regions and treat persons in their respective communities.“There was a budget of $35 million to $40 million annually for medevac. The budget is presently $120 million…The Regional Health Officers need to demand that what you’ve budgeted for is adhered to…The region that needs to come up with the equipment, with the infrastructure so that we can have personnel go to the region and take care of the business.”Meanwhile, Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings noted that these discussions will allow the regions to develop better systems to provide accessible and dependable medical assistance.last_img read more

Airport commissioners preview budget

first_imgLos Angeles airport commissioners received a preview Monday of their proposed $1.2 billon budget for fiscal 2006-07, the beginning of a 10-year, $4 billion LAX modernization plan. Karl Pan, chief financial officer of the department, said the budget – an increase over the current year budget of $1.09 billion – is the first to reflect the renovation. The project will be the first major construction at Los Angeles International Airport since 1984, when the double decking was added. Commissioners are scheduled next week to adopt the budget, which also funds operations at Ontario and Van Nuys airports. Related to its efforts to generate more revenue and lure more tourists from abroad, the commission also agreed to a five-year, $30 million promotion with L.A. Inc., which coordinates efforts to bring in visitors and conventions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Twenty years ago, there were only 22 airports in the country seeking international tourists,” said Mike Collins, vice president of L.A. Inc. “Today, there are 45 or 46 that are trying to tap into this market. And, they aren’t trying to develop new markets, they are trying to pick off what we get.” Collins said the tourism industry has begun to rebound from the slump that occurred after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but that a coordinated effort is needed to keep tourists in Los Angeles, particularly from Asia. Last year, tourists generated $260 million for the local economy, representing a major boost in jobs and investments. Airport Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gill, who had expressed reservations in the past about the contract, said he has become convinced of the need for it to keep LAX competitive. “I think it fits in with what we are trying to do to upgrade the airport and improve our service to travelers,” Torres-Gill said. Collins said the city has begun to see some increase in the number of international travelers at Ontario Airport and believes its use will continue to grow. The greatest opportunities, he predicted, will come from China, where Los Angeles has applied to open tourism offices. “We have one of the largest Chinese populations in the world and we think we have good relations with the Chinese carriers…,” Collins said. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more