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Norton insists no drug shortage crisis

first_imgDr Frank AnthonyPublic Health Minister Dr George Norton− PPP maintains problem existsPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton is maintaining that there is no major shortage of drugs and/or medical supplies within the public health sector as is being peddled by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition.Norton was at the time responding to a motion tabled by PPP/C’s Member of Parliament and Shadow Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony. In the motion, the Opposition parliamentarian is calling on the Public Health Minister to launch an immediate investigation into which drugs and medical supplies were not in supply and those that were in short supply (name of the items and the quantities by region) in the public healthcare delivery system.He also wants the Minister to say what measures have been, and are being taken to rectify this ongoing crisis; the projected timelines for an improvement in the delivery system across the country; and the budgetary implications of these emergency measures, if any; as well as to report on the measures put in place to prevent a reoccurrence.Addressing the National Assembly, Dr Anthony outlined the importance of many basic but essential drugs and medical supplies that are needed on a daily basis, but are not available at the country’s main medical facility, Georgetown Public Hospital and many other hospitals across the country.He noted that instead of providing free medication to the public, doctors within the public health system are now writing prescriptions and asking patients to buy them. He said this was putting additional strain on the citizenry who were now burdened with the cost of drugs and medical supplies because of poor management.Moreover, the Opposition MP outlined that antibiotics were among those common medications that have been regularly “stock out” over the past year. In addition, he stated that in some hospitals where there were antibiotics available, there were no syringes to administer the dosage.“For example, at New Amsterdam Hospital (Berbice), there’s a shortage of two ml (millilitre), three ml, five ml and 10 ml syringes. This is a basic, basic requirement so even when they have some antibiotics, intravenous antibiotics, they cannot use it because they don’t have syringes and this, Mr Speaker, is only an isolated case, but in many of the regional hospitals you can find similar situation existing,” Dr Anthony disclosed.The Opposition front-bencher went on to highlight the shortage of basic drugs to treat common illnesses in Guyana such as “worms”, diabetes, malaria, tuberculosis, epileptic seizure (fits), as well as mental health, pregnancy care and women’s and men’s health.“This shortage is a chronic shortage and is as a result of bad management and poor management… something is definitely wrong with what is going… how will you fix this? We are not hearing anything,” the MP asked of the Government.Anthony further remarked that Government needed to pay more serious attention to the Zika Virus, noting that it was a major public health risk. The PPP/C parliamentarian also mentioned the controversy with LILAC milk, asking the Health Minister whether the product was recalled and what is the loss incurred from having done so, among other queries.“The shortages of drugs and medical supplies have serious consequences for the people of this country and we need to put systems in place to ensure that these things do not reoccur and I’m sure the Ministry will tell us what systems are put in place so far,” Dr Anthony stated as he concluded his presentation.However, in response, Minister Norton posited that while the sector was facing challenges with the new procurement system put in place, there is no drug shortage crisis within the public health sector.“I want to say, Mr Speaker, that categorically, there is no crisis in the health sector so far as it relates to medicine and medical supplies… I do concede, however, that we have had shortages of a few medical supplies, but not essential medicines as stated before and steps are being taken to remedy this situation,” the Minister stated.According to Dr Norton, Government is experiencing teething challenges with the new method of procurement put in place by the coalition Administration. Additionally, he stated that during visits to the various regions across Guyana, he would have interacted with regional health officials as well as medical personnel, none of whom complained of such any drug shortages.Furthermore, the Public Health Minister went on to point out the issue of drug shortages was not new but had been prevalent under the PPP/C regime, as he recalled speaking about the issue in the National Assembly while in Opposition. He outlined too that the previous Administration wasted millions of dollars when significant amounts of drugs would expire.Nevertheless, Minister Norton disclosed that his Government has taken steps to ensure that there was not a repeat of this situation. “The situation as it stands, where shortage of medical supplies is concerned is a dangerous situation, it is something that we came and met. It is something that we made a commitment that we will change,” he remarked.According to Dr Norton, among the measures that the coalition will be hoping to achieve are: creating a system where access to medicine and medical supplies will be in sufficient quantity and quality; the issue of expired drugs will be a thing of past, and put in place a system of procurement that will not favour the sole-sourcing process.The Minister noted that these measures are already becoming reality. On this note, Norton said that the Administration could not support the motion since it would be based on sensationalism and speculation.Among other speakers on the motion were Jennifer Westford, Yvonne Pearson, Alistair Charlie, Joseph Hamilton, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo and Dr Bheri Ramsarran from the Opposition side, while those from Government’s side included Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings and Jaipaul Sharma.The motion was turned out after Government used its one-seat majority to vote against it.last_img read more

Scroll to the Skyscanner skill and select

first_imgScroll to the Skyscanner skill and select. Tap the enable button. What can I use the Skyscanner skill for? That’s it you’re ready to go!Once the skill is enabled, you can start searching:Alexa, ask Skyscanner for a flight.Alexa, ask Skyscanner to get me a flight to London tomorrow.Alexa, ask Skyscanner where I can go this weekend.Alexa will then ask you a series of questions about your travel plans and we will provide you with the best option found on Skyscanner.Which devices does the skill work on?The Skyscanner skill is available on any device that supports Amazon Alexa. At the moment, this includes Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. RelatedSkyscanner has been announced as one of the first ever third party skills to be launched on Microsoft’s Cortana.Skyscanner has been announced as one of the first ever third party skills to be launched on Microsoft’s Cortana. The flight search skill will allow users to ask a range of handy, direct questions through Microsoft’s personal assistant. Live from today (12th May 2017), to users on all Cortana powered…App happy: Introducing the Skyscanner app that will save you time and money on travelSay hello to Skyscanner’s 3-in-1 app for IOS and Android. We’ve made it even easier to compare flight prices, find hotel deals or hire a car by combining all three into one smart app. So, whether you want to book a work trip or a family holiday, find out how…Travel tech and gadgets to blow your mind in 20172017 will be treating us to lightweight, travel-friendly drones, the reintroduction of wireless, and more personalised ways to travel the world. Here are the latest developments in travel tech to look out for this year, so once you’ve decided where you’re going, you can add a little tech power to… How does Alexa decide which is the best travel option?Alexa will tell you the cheapest flight option for your chosen route and dates.I’ve found the perfect flight, where can I store the details?We will send a “card” to to your Alexa app with the details of your flight search including route, duration, number of stops and times of the cheapest itinerary to help you decide which flight you want to book.Great, now how do I book?Once you’ve decided on your flight go to our app or website and you can complete your booking with one of our partner airlines or travel agents.Can I search for hotels and car hire? Also, why are some search functions different to your app and website?At the moment we only offer flight search to help you plan your trip. However, we are always looking to develop and improve the skill so keep an eye out for new features.More smart trips for the savvy traveller…6 of the best travel gadgets of 2016With all the savings you’ve made on your flight, you’ll have even more to spend on the latest travel accessories.Best luggage reviewed: 8 suitcases tested to destructionWe’ve put some of the most popular suitcases through their paces._Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire._ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map What is the Skyscanner skill?Amazon Alexa can suggest flights based on a simple conversation with you about upcoming travel plans. Whether you’re still trying to work out where to go or just trying to find the best price Skyscanner and Alexa can help you out.How do I get started?To enable the Skyscanner skill, simple go to the skills section of the Amazon Alexa App and choose the skills section.last_img read more