Aug 11, 2010 News
The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death yesterday morning of 10-year-old Teneshia Edwards, of Parika, East Bank Essequibo,
According to a police release, investigations have revealed that Edwards was struck down by a pedal cyclist at about 14:00hrs on Monday, while walking along the Parika Access Road. She was taken to the Leonora Hospital where she was treated and sent away.
Subsequently, at about 04:00hrs yesterday the girl complained of feeling unwell and was taken to the GPHC where she succumbed while receiving medical treatment.
The pedal cyclist is in police custody.
Former judge arrested for suspected DUI
– refused to take breathalyzer test
A former judge was on Monday night detained by police at the Cove and John Station on suspicion of DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol. His arrest stemmed from a minor accident at Clonbrook, on the East Coast of Demerara.
However, according to sources at the ‘C’ Division Headquarters, the former judge reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test, citing his asthmatic condition.
Kaieteur News understands that the former judge blew several times into the apparatus but it failed to produce a result.
He was subsequently released on self bail and ordered to return the following day.
Officials at Cove and John disclosed that charges have been filed against the former judge but it is unclear if he did appear before a magistrate.
OMAT kicks off week-long exercise in Linden
At least sixty persons were screened and attended to free of charge by medical personnel of the Overseas Medical Assistance Team (OMAT) at the Linden Hospital Complex as the group, in collaboration with Linden Fund USA, kicked off its week-long medical interventions, including surgeries, lectures and a Health Fair – which was held yesterday – in the mining town.
In addition to these services, the mission will focus on a series of educational forums for medical professionals and community members.
Medical interventions are administered free of cost to hundreds of patients each year by OMAT, in Linden and outlying communities.
The present team includes five medical doctors and surgeons from the USA, who will be supported by 11 overseas nurses, two social workers and support staff. They are being supported by local nurses and other medical personnel attached to the Linden Hospital Complex.
Dr. Stephen Carryl, Chairman of Surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and a board member of Linden Fund USA, leads the team of medical personnel. Other members of the team include Dr. Malaika Berkley, Dr. Malcolm Goodchild, Dr. Jonathan Pinto, Yuri Powell, Jacqueline McCrae-Clarke, Nicole Samuel, Elizabeth Coppin, Cecelia Williams, Conrad Forsythe, Wenda Hudson, Donna Simpson, Glendacy Thom, Donna Douglas, Ismay Griffith and Berneita Primo, Dian John, Ms. JoAnna Carryl and Linden Fund USA Secretary Linda Felix-Johnson.
According to CEO of the Linden Hospital Complex, Dr Farouk Riyastat, screening of patients for surgeries have already started and at least 50-60 persons were targeted on Monday.
Of those screened, most were for hysterectomies, fibroids, thyroids, and hernia.
Dr. Riyastat pointed out that the local medical doctors had done screening of some patients before the overseas team arrived, thus a few surgeries were conducted on Monday. Over the next couple of days the team is expected to treat over 120 patients
A Health Fair and a Women’s Wellness Forum was hosted by the team yesterday at the Linden Enterprise Network building on Republic Ave.
There will also be lectures for nurses at the Linden Hospital Complex, and two community workshops scheduled for today and tomorrow at Wismar and Mackenzie respectively.
Members of the team will be at the Christianburg Community Centre today. Among the topics to be covered at the workshops are Diabetes, Cancer among men and women, Mental Health, HIV and AIDS awareness, Cholesterol management and Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.
In 2007, Linden Fund USA sponsored its first medical outreach in collaboration with a 30-member medical team called the North East Mission of Hope, which performed a number of medical procedures for residents of the Linden community over several days.
“This year, the Linden Fund is once again stepping up its focus on health care by sponsoring the OMAT medical mission to Linden, in the hope that many residents of Region 10 would seize the opportunity to receive free and expert medical treatment, complimenting the existing services offered at the local hospitals and health posts,” said Ms. Linda Felix-Johnson, secretary of the Linden Fund USA.
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