South Africa’s president criticizes ‘vaccine nationalism’

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African president and African Union chairman Cyril Ramaphosa has called on richer nations to release surplus vaccine doses to the rest of the world. Delivering an address to the virtual World Economic Forum dialogue, Ramaphosa highlighted the African Union’s efforts to secure vaccines for African nations and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent. According to Ramaphosa, some countries have acquired more doses than they need to vaccinate their populations. He said he is deeply concerned about the problem of vaccine nationalism, which, unless addressed, he warned will endanger the recovery of all countries.last_img read more

Dominica wins health award

first_img Tweet Share Dominica’s Ministry of Health has captured the 2011 Surveillance Award from the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the Caribbean Sub Region in Recognition of Excellent Report.The Award was presented to Dominica last month, at the 28th Caribbean EPI Mangers’ Meeting held in Barbados. Dominica’s EPI Manager, Senior Community Health Nurse, Florestine Lewis accepted the award.The immunization programme of the countries of the Caribbean Community has been one of the most successful and is used as a benchmark by which other programmes are measured.An annual Caribbean Surveillance Award has been established to recognize countries that have performed outstandingly on the surveillance component of their program during the previous year. The award is based on two main criteria• On-time reporting and• The percentage of sites reporting to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC).It consists of a certificate and the inscription of the name of the country on a plaque that is kept by the winning country during the following year, until a new country is selected. The award is announced during the annual Managers’ meeting. Florestine Lewis said she is elated that Dominica has finally won first place. Over the years Dominica has been receiving second and third places.” I want the award to remain in Dominica. I am urging the health care providers to continue reporting and send in the samples in a timely manner”.Head of the Surveillance Team, National Epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Ricketts, said it is a great honour to be recognised for outstanding work in EPI surveillance report. He expressed gratitude to all members of the health teams who contributed towards the process. Awards for the second and third places went to Antigua/Barbuda and St. Maarten, respectively.In addition to the surveillance awards, certificates of achievement and recognition were awarded to Belize for maintaining excellent achievement indicators for the Immunization Programme and to Guyana for consistency in achieving the indicators of the Immunization Programme. The Surveillance Award in Recognition of Excellent Report of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the Caribbean Sub Region was initiated in 1998 of which Anguilla won the first place.The award is furnished by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC).Press Release Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Dominica wins health award by: – March 9, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Region 3 Chair fumes after Govt land handed to AFC Councillor

first_imgIn what is seen as a “blatant” disrespect to authorities at the local democratic organs, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chairman has raised concerns over the allocation of Government properties to a private citizen.Regional Chairman Julius Faerber in a letter to Guyana Times on Friday, stated that an Alliance for Change (AFC) Councillor from the regional body was granted a piece of land at Tamarind Pasture, Leonora, on the West Coast of Demerara without permission from the Regional Council or the Stewartville-Cornelia Ida Neighbourhood Democratic Council.Guyana Times understands that the plot of land houses several governmental buildings such as the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), a post office, living quarters for overseas doctors, magistrate’s court, Guyana Police Force’s D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) and the Leonora Diagnostic Centre among others.Region Three Chairman Julius FaerberThe distribution of the parcel of land to the said Councillor was reportedly granted by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) in January of this year. Faerber condemned this action, stating that it threatens the security of these buildings when private persons are given permission to access these properties.“As a private citizen, he should not be given permission to occupy a parcel of land within the confines of a Government compound since it can pose as a threat to security of this compound,” he said in the letter.The Stewartville-Cornelia Ida NDC and the regional body have both objected to the allocation. Further, the Chairman alleged that the matter was brought to the attention of the GLSC and President David Granger.“Objection was made by the mentioned Neighbourhood Democratic Council and the Regional Democratic Council of Region Three to the Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger,” Faerber said in his letter. Calls to GLSC for a comment on the matter went unanswered.last_img read more