Category Archives: Health / Environment

Guyana Floods: Schools in Regions 2, 3 and 4 closed Friday November 21, 2014

All public schools in Regions 2, 3 and 4 closed Friday November 21, 2014

-deep flooding in city after heavy rain

Heavy rain overnight and this morning has left deep flooding along the East Bank and East Coast Demerara and public schools in the city and regions two and three are closed today as a result.

A notice this morning from the Ministry of Education said:

“We are now learning  of other areas severely affected by flooding. The ministry I seeking your help to make the following announcement:

Due to severe weather conditions all public schools in Regions 2, 3 4 (East Bank and East Coast) and Georgetown will be closed today.

We are advising parents and guardians of children in those regions to keep their children at home as schools will be closed. “

The rain has been heavy and unrelenting and like on previous occasions where severe weather systems have struck there was no warning from the hydrometeorological department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading

Why is India so filthy? | The Ugly Indian | TEDxBangalore – Video

The people in Guyana could learn a lot from this video…..

Why is India so filthy? | The Ugly Indian | TEDxBangalore

Published on Oct 27, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The Ugly Indian is an anonymous collective that does not talk to media, wants no publicity and works with the motto – Only Work No Talk. However, they made an exception for TEDxBangalore so that they could open up the question of why we as Indians are okay with filthy public spaces? The tragedy of the commons – can we change it to the victory of the commons?

There’s a silent revolution brewing in India, and it’s called The Ugly Indian. It is anonymous, faceless and leaderless, and has seen thousands of citizens coming out to fix local civic problems following a simple motto: Kaam Chalu Mooh Bandh. Only Work No Talk. Continue reading

Twenty years of spiritual cleansing, herbal healing – By Tangerine Clarke

Twenty years of spiritual cleansing, herbal healing

Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah

Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah

By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life NYC - October 28, 2014 

Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah proudly stated that over the last 20 years, Cosmic Enterprise – Healing Village has helped to transform parts of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood from a drug-nest, to what it is today, “Healed, thought cleansing, music, and education.”

The 147 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn location, have successfully treated numerous customers with Alfalfa which is high in protein; Red Clover, a blood thinner to help hypertension; Fennel; Echinacea; Golden Seal and its branded “Bourda Bittah Tonic” a top selling colon cleanser.

The herbal doctors also prescribe a cocktail for diabetes, to cleanse the liver, to rebuild the pancreas and nourish the blood supply. Root tonics, herbal formulas, natural organic products, and a plethora of other herbs have made the proprietors household names.  Continue reading

Guyana mistaken for Guinea in NYC Ebola report – apology requested

Guyana mistaken for Guinea in NYC Ebola report – apology requested

 ISSA  NYC Ebola reportPicture: Congressman Issa on CNN on Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. (CNN image)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 27, 2014: A Caribbean American Institute is calling on Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, to apologize after erroneously stating that the medical doctor who is now hospitalized with Ebola in a New York hospital returned from “Guyana” with the disease.

Issa, the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district at a House Oversight hearing on the US’ Ebola response on Friday, October 24th in Washington, D.C., three times misstated the country where the outbreak of Ebola originated was Guyana. The first time he stated: “… in the West African nation of Guyana, the world first learned about yet another new outbreak of the Ebola virus” several months ago. Continue reading

Chikungunya in the Caribbean: A backgrounder

Chikungunya in the Caribbean: A backgrounder 

Blood sucking Aedes mosquito with blood at its stomach

Deborah Almond, Antillean Media Group

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 16, 2014, AMG  - Chikungunya (CHIKV) was detected for the first time in the western hemisphere in December 2013 and has since swept across the Caribbean causing increasing sickness and economic disruption. The number of people infected across the Americas now stands at more than 13,180 people as confirmed by laboratory testing with an additional 739,400 suspected cases. Here’s what you should know about CHIKV.

What is CHIKV and where did it come from?

CHIKV is caused by a virus belonging to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae and is made up of a single strand of RNA (rather than the familiar DNA double helix). This means it’s able to replicate inside human and mosquito cells and causes sickness by corrupting their regular DNA. CHIKV is genetically similar to Ross River Virus (RRV) and O’nyong’nyong virus (ONNV) and has been diagnosed in almost 40 countries mainly in tropical and subtropical regions across the world. Continue reading

New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola … after treating patients in Africa

New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola

Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:52  -Written by 

Dr. Craig Spencer and his girlfriend, Morgan DixonPicture: Dr. Craig Spencer and his girlfriend, Morgan Dixon


(NEW YORK POST) A Harlem doctor who recently treated patients in Africa, tested positive for the deadly disease after he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with symptoms, including a 103-degree fever, sources told The Post.

Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders volunteer, began showing symptoms one night after he was out bowling in Brooklyn, police sources said.

Spencer and his live-in girlfriend, Morgan Dixon, 30, were both quarantined at Bellevue at noon Thursday as cops retraced their steps since the doctor returned from Guinea on Oct. 17, the sources said. Continue reading

Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business – By The Caribbean Voice

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1936 Daly Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460, USA.   718-542-4454  *   

Guyana:  592-621-6111   *     592-223-2637

Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business

By The Caribbean Voice

The Caribbean Voice is a New York based NGO that has been involved in social activism since its launch in 1998. Currently it is focusing on suicide prevention and related issues in Guyana and the Diaspora and is working in collaboration with partners – other NGOs, businesses, socially conscious individuals, the media and various ministries in Guyana. Contact us at caribvoice@aol.com, NCarter2@ecommunity.com, 718-542-4454, or in Guyana at bibiahamad1@hotmail.com or 621-6111 or 223-2637. Check us out on facebook at ‘The Suicide Epidemic’.

 Here’s what we know: Guyana suffers 44.2 suicides per 100,000 persons, or about 333 plus suicides per year – the highest rate in the world. Also, at a globally estimated 25 attempts per suicide, Guyana would have over 6660 attempted suicides a year. Also suicide is the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24 and the third leading cause of death among persons ages 25-44, while in the 15-19 age group, it is the leading cause of death among females and the second leading cause of death among males. Yet the rate, the total amount of suicides and the total amount of attempted suicide could all be much higher since empirical evidence suggests that under reporting is quite significant. Continue reading

Guyana – Jamaica group raises funds for schools – By Tangerine Clarke

Guyana – Jamaica group raises funds for schools

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Picture: From left, Yvonne J Graham, associate commissioner director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention with President of GJFA Guyanese American Dr. Frank A. Denbow and VP Jamaican American Claudette Powell, MA, RN.

The warm greetings that were exchanged by nationals at the first Fundraising Dinner and Dance of the Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association Inc. (New York), was a clear indication that benefactors were committed to working together with the board for the betterment of students back home.

Entertaining music by popular Guyanese DJ FLEXX and festive Jamaican cuisine dished out at the Bayside Adria Hotel & Conference Center on Oct. 5, helped to raise much needed funds to benefit the Moshabo Primary School on the Essequibo Coast of Guyana and the Aeolus Valley All-Age School in St. Thomas, Jamaica.  Continue reading

Ebola and Moral Panic – commentary

Ebola and Moral Panic

A possible Ebola outbreak is causing strong emotional reactions. However, should we let these reactions rule our behavior?

brain101014America’s frenzied, xenophobic response to its first confirmed Ebola case calls back the moral panic of the AIDS epidemic.

In the wake of a Dallas hospital’s decision to release a Liberian patient with Ebola into the community—who later died of the disease after returning to the hospital—a fierce debate has erupted over how to deal with the potential for an outbreak in the United States.  Continue reading

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma – commentary

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma

Two weeks ago, residents of Port Kaituma and nearby areas began to complain bitterly about the pollution of their water supplies by miners working upstream. In the past few years such complaints from various parts of the country have been numerous and a reflection of the wanton disregard of miners for the riparian rights of citizens in these areas. Miners have become emboldened by the increasing weight of the economy attributable to their mineral returns and the ineffectiveness of the government and its regulatory bodies at reining in environmental pollution.

How did the government respond to the concerns of the Port Kaituma residents? Well, it seems that the Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud had been in the area for mining week activities and upon hearing of the concerns he announced that the ministry would make available G$80m (US$400,000), to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for the construction of a water treatment plant.   Continue reading

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