– improved access to health care needed In light of the issues surrounding youth substance abuse in some sections of the North West District community of Santa Rosa, Toshao Sherwin Abrams has renewed calls for the establishment of a technical and vocational institute to equip young persons with life skills.In an interview with Guyana Times, Toshao Abrams highlighted that the riverine nature of Santa Rosa and the satellite communities allowed for the easy transport of prohibited substances, mainly marijuana.“We are trying to curb it and control it; we are currently forming a policing group to support the Police [who] is trying to suppress substance abuse,” he noted.To this end, Abrams stated that the Council was also able to establish a social assistance board to supplement the Village Council in the Moruca region to do counselling, and outreaches to educate and sensitise the youths about substance abuse. According to the village leader, parents are encountering challenges with their children when they consume narcotic substances.“Once they consume it, they feel they’re bigger than their parents; parents have no control, so it is a real issue with families,” he said.Abrams highlighted that for the past three years, the Council has been advocating for Government to establish a technical centre, which can include school drop-outs and recovered substance abusers. He noted that the Council was requesting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry the establishment of the technical institute within the Moruca sub-region. This institution, according to Abrams, would cater for many trades not just carpentry, joinery, and plumbing.Access to education, health-care deliveryThe Toshao also highlighted other issues affecting his community, including problems with access to education and health services. He noted that because the communities were along the river, access for students living farthest away posed a problem. However, he stressed that despite these challenges, many students from the area have managed to garner excellent results which have made their communities proud. Abrams said that Santa Rosa has over 7000 residents.“We have been facing problems with accessibility, because most of the communities are along the river and transportation is an issue, but in terms of the education standard, we are there, because we always produce a lot of students who attend Multi [Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary] and other schools in Georgetown,” he remarked.Accessibility to health servicesWith regard to public health care, Abrams told this publication last week that most of the doctors and nurses at the district hospital in the Moruca sub-region were from his village.“It has been in existence for past 30 years, but today we are not receiving our delivery of health care. There is an x-ray department, but it’s not functioning. We have a lab, but it’s not functioning as well [to full capacity]; we do basic things like dengue and malaria,” he disclosed.Toshao Abrams added that another of the major challenges in the area was teenage pregnancy and he hoped that the counselling services offered at Moruca would alleviate this problem.
A Thursday evening shooting in Warlock, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, has left one man dead and another in critical condition at a city hospital. Guyana Times was told that 38-year-old East Ruimveldt resident Andrew Fraser, called “Zeggy”, was pronounced dead on arrival following a reported drive-by shooting that occurred around 20:30h. Reports are that the Fraser was a clothes vendor who plied his trade in the Arcade.Andrew Fraser, called “Zeggy”, was pronounced dead on arrival at the GPHCWhile details remain sketchy regarding reasons for the attack, this publication understands that another man was shot in the side of the abdomen and was listed as critical following surgery. He was identified as Stanley Abram, age 26.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) was crowded with relatives and neighbours who were anxiously awaiting word on the condition of their loved ones. Reports are that sometime after 21:30h, the body of Andrew Fraser was transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s mortuary, unbeknownst to many of the hysterical relatives who were still in shock over what had occurred.Up to press time, Police were still hunting suspects in relation to the deadly attack. Guyana Times will disclose additional details as more information becomes available. (Shemuel Fanfair)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 World Jet Boat Race committee has announced the location for the 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championship.In a statement Dale Whiteside, Race Chairman, says the race will be starting in Whitecourt and ending in Fort St. John.“This year’s event starts in Whitecourt with the boat show, Tech and Calcutta on Wednesday afternoon and evening, time trials and fast time awards on Thursday. Friday will be the first day of racing with a river lag from Chevron Bridge into Whitecourt. Saturday will be Whitecourt circuit races and a three-hour drive to Peace River. Sunday will be two legs of river racing on the Smokey River. Tuesday is going to be a day off and a travel day to Grande Prairie. Wednesday is river racing on the Wapiti and Smokey River, two legs. Thursday is two tiver legs and a drive to Taylor B.C. Another day off racing in Taylor on Friday. Saturday will be two legs on the Pine River and circuits on the Peace. Sunday will be two short legs on the Pine and a shorter circuit race, followed by an awards banquet in Fort St. John,” said Whiteside.- Advertisement -The 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championship is taking place from July 10 to 21.For more information and updates, you can follow the championship Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/worldjetboatrace/