Armed Men Allegedly Poison New Georgia Well

first_imgResidents in New Georgia on Somalia Drive Road have alleged that some unknown individuals are poisoning wells and hand pumps “to kill [them] in the name of Ebola.”Mr. Franklin Friday, who spoke to the Daily Observer, reported that at about 4 a.m. Monday, August 4, they saw two gigantic individuals (unknown), armed with guns, using a medical syringe and attempting to drop a liquid substance into the well that is being used by thousands of homes in the area.As a result, Mr. Friday noted that people in the community are afraid, because he said many people are dying from these deadly acts and claiming that it is “Ebola.”According to him, after noticing the unusual acts by these individuals, they immediately contacted their lawmaker (Rep. Saah Joseph) to look in the matter.When Rep. Joseph arrived, he brought along with him some officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and instructed them to lock the  well and contact other relevant government agencies to conduct testing on these wells. If proven to be contaminated, the community will launch a serious investigation into the matter.Also speaking, Buston Kolliegbo, who resides in the area, said that the Ebola issues have become so alarming that the whole nation has been affected economically and socially.  There is a complete breakdown of citizens’ health care because of the different ways in which the problem is being tackled.“Nobody is having exact information as to the diagnosis and everybody is confused. So the [well poisoning] incident that happened yesterday at the [New Georgia] junction is a wakeup call on the government, especially the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), to test the water in every well,” Kolliegbo suggested.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Massy Guyana collaborates with Public Health Ministry to raise awareness on suicide

first_imgGuyana’s largest multi-principal distribution company, Massy Distributions Inc has collaborated with the Public Health and Education Ministries to host an awareness programme to prevent the social ill of “suicide”. First Lady Sandra Granger and Miss World Guyana 2018 Ambika Ramraj, along with several students and educators from various secondary schools and the University of Guyana, gathered at the National Cultural Centre to be a part of the activities to commemorate World Mental Health Day. As the globe celebrates World Mental Health Day, Massy Distributions is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in Guyana by hosting various events. Speaking at the event, Massy Distributions (Guyana) Inc Chief ExecutiveA scene from the theatrical presentation “Unbreakable” by award-winning actors at the National Cultural Centre on WednesdayOfficer (CEO) Navin Thakur urged those present to think positive since suicide was not the answer. Massy hosted a debate competition among four secondary schools that presented facts on suicide in students in Guyana. The final round of the debate is set to commence shortly, with Queen’s College and St Rose’s High to compete in a heated contest.The Education Ministry expressed gratitude to Massy for their essential collaboration to deal with suicide among students. A representative of the Education Ministry presented the remarks of Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who was not in attendance. In her message, she urged students to focus on the positive and to be strong while experiencing life challenges. The theatrical performance “Unbreakable”, which was showcased, is a testimony to the young students who are experiencing life challenges. The protagonist, Joy, is mentally drained as her mood throughout the play is one of frustration; however, she does not commit suicide. The message stands out: all is never lost and there is always hope. According to research conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Guyana’s suicide rate has dropped by 32 per cent to 30.2 suicides per 100,000 deaths. Meanwhile, the most recent statistics, released in April 2017, showed that Guyana has the third highest suicide rate in the world.last_img read more