It is a new year, but the lack of essential medications, a situation that prevailed in 2017 at the Suddie and Oscar Joseph Hospitals in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), continues unabated.PPP/C RDC Councillor Arnold AdamsThis is according to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) member Arnold Adams, who told Guyana Times that essential drugs were still in short supply.During an interview with Adams, who is also the Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee within the Region, he said it was appalling to know the quantity of medication that is not available at the hospital pharmacies.Adams said simple injections that were used in the operating theatre for major operations were lacking and whenever enquiries were made, he is often told that numerous requests were made to the Materials Management Unit (MMU) and those drugs were not sent.The Health and Sanitation Chairman said that this year, more medical outreaches have been planned and as such, the hospitals must receive their requested quantities of medical supplies on time.“When there is not enough drugs at the hospital, then patients are forced to make private purchases; this is a burden to them since many cannot afford it,” Adams said.Adams also explained that when there were shortages at the two main hospitals along the Essequibo Coast, the health centres especially in the riverine areas suffer.The Health and Sanitation Chairman says he is calling on relevant authorities to look into the drug shortages within the Region and make the necessary arrangements for 2018. (Indra Natram)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita In July, the road’s southern end was reopened on a limited basis: commuters were allowed to drive a roughly graded 1.8-mile dirt section in early mornings and evenings, led by a pilot vehicle. The road closed during the day, at night and on weekends. While construction work will continue on the new road section, county officials said it has progressed to the point where the pilot car is no longer needed and traffic can proceed unescorted 24 hours a day. Through March, motorists will have to take turns crossing a one-lane Los Angeles Department of Water and Power powerhouse bridge that the new route is temporarily using. “There’s going to be a one-lane bridge where people are going to have to stop and yield,” Los Angeles County Department of Public Works spokesman Ken Pellman said. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Storm-damaged San Francisquito Canyon Road will reopen this evening to two-way traffic, though a temporary bottleneck will persist for at least several weeks at a one-lane bridge. Starting 5 p.m. Friday, a rerouted road section built since last winter’s storms between Saugus and the mountain hamlet of Green Valley will be opened to unrestricted traffic. “We have thousands of commuters that utilize this vital road on a daily basis,” said Tony Bell, an aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has been pushing for the road’s rapid reopening. Used by Antelope Valley commuters and Lake Hughes, Lake Elizabeth and Green Valley residents to get to Santa Clarita, San Francisquito Canyon Road was closed in January 2005 after storms wiped out hundreds of yards of pavement. A two-lane bridge – using three railroad flatcars as support – is expected to be open by the end of March. Sometime before then, traffic will be stopped completely for two weeks while the new bridge is put into service. Officials said they will post a notice in advance of the closure to warn motorists of the exact dates. During the two-week closure, motorists will have to use Lake Hughes Road, Bouquet Canyon Road or another alternate route between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley. County officials changed the 1.8-mile section to get the road out of a low-lying area that is easily flooded. The new route crosses a hillside west of San Francisquito Creek, avoiding a marshy area, a narrow canyon and two bridges damaged by last winter’s storms. Moving the route and repairing other storm damage – as well as reconstructing pavement damaged by heavy construction equipment rolling along it – is expected to cost about $7.5 million, of which some $5.5 million will be paid by the state and federal governments. The $7.5 million price tag includes $3.7 million to $3.9 million for a permanent bridge to replace the railroad flatcar bridge, which is expected to cost about $350,000. The permanent bridge is expected to be built a few feet upstream from the railroad flatcar bridge after county officials receive federal and state approval for the design and environmental studies. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!