After completing their seven-day medical outreach here in Guyana, the Flying Doctors of America were sent off with a farewell reception hosted by the Public Health Ministry.Messi scores as leaders Barcelona win to stay seven points clear in SpainThe 13-member team comprising of a rheumatologist, emergency room doctors, family physician, paediatrician, dermatologist, orthodontist, paediatric dentist and dentist spent their time in Guyana tending to residents in the Rupununi, Region Nine.The Public Health Ministry’s International Desk on Friday collaborated with the Flying Doctors of America for a small ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in celebration of the successful completion of their mission.While delivering brief remarks, Chief Medical Officer of the Flying Doctors of America Dr John Arledge thanked the team for their outstanding work during the outreach here.Dr Arledge assured that his team will be returning to offer similar services based on the Ministry’s recommendation.The Flying Doctors of America medical mission began in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) and was able to provide medical services at the various health centres and health posts in Annai, Surama, Iwokrama and Fairview from February 23 to March 02.Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings had previously emphasised the importance of close collaborations with international agencies in order to meet the healthcare needs of Guyanese, especially those in the hinterland regions where specialist care might not be readily available.Cummings wants earlier engagements between international agencies and the Regional Health Services to determine the priority areas where specialist services and care are neededThe need for capacity-building in the health sector is high on the Ministry’s agenda, Cummings said emphasising the current need for foreign specialists, especially in the country’s sprawling interior.Further, she thanked the Flying Doctors of America for choosing Guyana and making it a part of its medical missions.
– some road closures necessary to complete projectThe Carifesta Avenue/Vlissengen Road Roundabout Project is halfway done and the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) has advised that some temporary road closures will be necessary to complete the project. This will result in some inconvenience to motorists and road users and the Ministry is asking the public to exercise patience and to use alternative routes from Wednesday, August 23. “Weather permitting, the traffic disruption will last for just three weeks,” the Department of Public Information (DPI) advised.An overhead shot of the Carifesta Avenue, Rupert Craig Highway and Vlissengen Road junctionIt said traffic will be diverted through Alexander Street and MPI Maintenance Engineer, Sherod Parkinson is urging road users “to take precautions as they use Alexander Street, David Street and Barr Street to access lower Georgetown.”Parkinson also explained that the contractors need to connect the newly installed pumps at the Kitty Pump Station where a major sinkhole had developed several months ago. This has since been filled in prior to the commencement of the roundabout project.Parkinson also disclosed that the first and second phases of the project are completed. The third phase will see works on the Sandal Place section extending to the centre of the carriageway.Once the third phase of the project is completed, the final phase of connecting all the roads – Carifesta Avenue, Seawall Road, Rupert Craig Highway and Vlissengen Road will begin. This $127.1 million road improvement project is due to be completed by year-end and will allow for a smoother and unhindered flow of traffic at the busy intersection.The roundabout will reduce waiting and stoppage time for motorists heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road and the Kitty Public Roads.
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