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New challenges emerging in tackling maternal mortality – CMO

first_img…several contributing factors identified and being aggressively addressedBy Kristen MacklingamThe task of addressing the maternal mortality rate in Guyana continues to pose great challenges for the relevant authorities, and despite progress made over the years, instances of mothers dying after childbirth are still too many.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudThis is according to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Shamdeo Persaud, who, during an exclusive interview with on Friday, explained that there are a number of contributing factors which had led to maternal deaths, and the Public Health Ministry is aggressively trying to address them.“That’s a very difficult task, bearing in mind the magnitude of the problem here in Guyana. First of all, pregnancies will occur wherever people are; so you can imagine (this means) all across Guyana. It is a large country (with) not so large (a) population, but people are all over, so pregnancies occur.“Some pregnancies that occur too early in life, especially in the female’s life — for example, teenage pregnancies and maybe a few pregnancies that occur later in life; or when there are multiple pregnancies; or, a lot of you know, with mothers getting their ninth, 10th, 11th child — those usually are the higher-risk pregnancies that do challenge us,” he explained.He said that, more often than not, in such cases, medical practitioners have to move these mothers from one location to another, in order for them to be provided with adequate healthcare.PAHO/WHO Representative in Guyana, Dr William Adu-KrowHowever, there is still some resistance from those mothers or their families, when it comes to doing this.“Especially when you have to transfer mothers who may have other children at home. They have the challenge (of) ‘who will take care of them?’ and they resist coming out, or they come out too late. That sometimes can be a little difficult to handle, but we are working on those areas,” he said.Low Haemoglobin (HB) levels a main factor in deathsAccording to Dr Persaud, among the assessments recently conducted is one which revealed that low Haemoglobin (HB) levels are usually a main cause of mothers succumbing after childbirth.“Especially in our hinterland, and (among) rural mothers, where their HBs are a little bit below what is expected of a pregnant mother. This can be twofold: 1) because of, maybe, nutritional challenges; you know, in terms of the diet, the presence of worms…which can draw some of the nutrients from the body. And then, secondly, if pregnancies occur too frequently — if women get pregnant rapidly within a short space of time.”The CMO said it has been recommended that pregnancies should be at least two years apart. He explained that if a woman does not adhere to this recommendation, her body could become drained of the nutrients that are necessary to keep the Haemoglobin at an adequate level.Further, he said that after delivery, many Guyanese women still suffer post-partum haemorrhage and shock, which could lead to death.A mother with her newborn baby after a successful delivery at a regional hospitalHe noted that figures on the maternal mortality rate in Guyana in last year’s report confirm that many persons had succumbed to post-partum haemorrhaging than in previous years.New challenges emergingAccording to Dr Persaud, more and more, women are becoming more educated and “pushing back pregnancies” by choosing to have their first child or children after the age of 35, but those pregnancies “come with their own risks too”.It was also observed that there were other issues that significantly contributed to the maternal death rate in the country, including mothers who had contracted HIV giving birth.“Some of our HIV persons, who contracted HIV during their birth or during 20 years or so ago, have survived because of our good treatment programme, and some of them have actually gotten pregnant. And we have actually lost two mothers who survived that whole challenge now to become pregnant…. So we are looking at those now,” the CMO posited.He said that, in this regard, the Georgetown Public Hospital presently has a training programme for additional training of medical practitioners, so as to ensure that “high clinics” are done and “high-risk mothers” are identified as early as possible.“Also, across the hinterland regions, we are establishing more maternal waiting homes; so once we identify a mother who is high-risk, we bring them closer to where services are. We now have obstetricians based at Lethem and Mabaruma and Bartica, so that they can actually take care of most of the immediate needs. Blood and blood products are now available to those institutions also. So there are things that we are working on in terms of these (challenges), but there is more (that needs to be done); and here, again, we would like the participation of the public, families and so on to cooperate with us to curb this issue,” Dr Persaud explained.In March last, Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow, highlighted that one of the challenges Guyana’s health sector faces is the number of maternal deaths per year.“For us now, maternal mortality is an issue. We cannot continue to talk about it all the time and continue to have maternal deaths all the time. I was surprised, because I thought we had only four deaths, but [it is] six or seven. If we have six by the end of February, that means we are looking at 36 deaths [for the year]. I think we need to do more,” he had said.Dr Adu-Krow noted that much more work needs to be done to address the alarming rate of maternal deaths, but his organisation was lending a helping hand.“We want to have zero mortality from haemorrhage. That means no woman should die delivering a baby from blood loss. This is a tall order, because the last data that I looked at indicated that 52 per cent of our women come into labour with haemoglobin less than 10. That already puts them at a disadvantage,” the PAHO Representative said.last_img read more

Newcastle boss McClaren ‘one of the best coaches’ I’ve worked with…but that doesn’t make him a good manager, claims former England man

first_imgDanny Murphy has told talkSPORT that Steve McClaren is one of the best coaches he’s ever worked with – but that doesn’t necessarily make him a good manager.Newcastle boss McClaren is feeling the pressure on Tyneside after failing to win any of his first six Premier League games and seeing his side dumped out of the Capital One Cup by a weakened Sheffield Wednesday outfit on Wednesday night.Murphy worked with McClaren during his international career at England while the 54-year-old was assistant to Sven Goran Eriksson, and admits he harbours concerns for the long-term future of the Magpies boss.“He’s definitely one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with, but that doesn’t alone make you a good manager,” Murphy told the Colin Murray show.“Ultimately he is on a tight rope. You’ve got three other teams in a similar position in the Premier League, but if they are bottom after 10 or 12 games I really worry for him.”McClaren came under heightened scrutiny after Newcastle’s abject 2-1 home defeat to newly-promoted Watford on Saturday, and Murphy claims the shambolic performance was uncharacteristic of a McClaren side.He added: “I’m amazed, as I watched Newcastle at the weekend, because tactically they were all over the place.“It was so unlike a McClaren team. Now I don’t know whether the recruitment is wrong or whether they are lacking belief – probably a mixture of both.”last_img read more

$14 billion bid on segment of Pfizer

first_imgNEW YORK – Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. received bids worth more than $14 billion for its consumer products business, which includes brands such as Listerine mouthwash and Lubriderm skin lotion, according to a published report. The bidders included GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Johnson & Johnson and Reckitt Benckiser PLC, the British company that makes Lysol, Woolite and other household cleaning products, according to the report Wednesday in The New York Times, which quoted unnamed people involved in the auction. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo and Reckitt Benckiser all declined to comment on the report. In February, Pfizer announced it would try to sell the unit in an effort to refocus energy on its prescription drug business. Pfizer is the world’s largest pharmaceutical company and Glaxo is the second biggest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The New York Times said consumer products company Procter & Gamble Co. and many private equity firms passed on the deal because it was too expensive. Pfizer has said it will announce its decision about the unit in the third quarter. It had also been considering spinning it off or keeping it. Shares of Pfizer rose 7 cents to close at $23.91 on the New York Stock Exchange.last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Son of Tottenham legend joins Hertha Berlin

first_imgHertha Berlin have snapped up the son of Tottenham legend Jurgen Klinsmann.The German club have signed the former Spurs striker’s son, Jonathan, on pro-terms after he impressed in pre-season during a trial.The 20-year-old goalkeeper, who represents the USA at Under-20 level, previously had trials at Everton back in March, but will now continue his career in the Bundesliga.“This morning, [general manager] Michael Preetz asked me to have a chat with him after breakfast,” Klinsmann told Hertha Berlin’s official website.“He told me a decision had been taken regarding my contract with Hertha. It was an unbelievably emotional moment for me, because this club has so much history in my family.“I’m looking forward to getting to know the club more, the city of Berlin and taking on new challenges in Germany.” 1 Jonathan Klinsmann was born in California and represents the USA at Under-20 level last_img read more


first_imgDerry City manager Kenny Shiels scouting for new talent in Donegal this eveningDERRY City FC will launch their first of many new ‘footballing satellite centres’ this evening.The search kicks off in Killygordon at 6.30 pm.The centres will be based to get the best young talented players from their respective clubs throughout the North West area, to train and eventually one day possibly play for Derry City. “We’re starting our first satellite centre in Killygordon in Donegal to nurture young players without any commitment,” said boss Kenny Shiels.“Our aim is simply to nurture them and nourish them in a way in which we feel will help them in the professional game.“It’s to try and promote the Derry City badge.“We’re doing it to have an affinity with the best young players in that part of Donegal and Strabane and Castlederg and the rest of that whole area. We just want to connect with that part of the country. “The whole youth staffing such as John Quigg, Hugh Harkin, Eddie Seydak and Gary Duffy have all been involved.“We’ve met and we’ve spoken about it and we feel it is the way forward. It will be reciprocated in Derry.“It’s not just Donegal, it’s about both areas. We’ve been having chats with the Derry and District Youth League and that’s the next stage for us.“The programme we are trying to put in place is to capture all the best young players, not for now, but for the future.”DERRY CITY FC SCOUTING FOR NEW TALENT IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 1st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DERRY CITY FC SCOUTING FOR NEW TALENT IN DONEGALKENNY SHIELSKillygordonlast_img read more

Australia v Peru: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_imgAustralia v Peru is live on talkSPORT 2Australia will battle to secure a last 16 spot at the 2018 World Cup against already eliminated Peru in Sochi.The Socceroos must win and hope France, who have already booked their knockout spot, defeat Denmark, who are currently sitting second in Group C. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 3 The match has cost Brighton’s Aussie goalkeeper Mathew Ryan financially but he will be more than happy to bear the burden.Ryan has paid for 27 family members to come and watch him in Russia and he insists they have no intention of heading home early.When is Australia vs Peru?The match will take place on Tuesday, June 26 and will kick off at 3pm UK time.It will be at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, which has a capacity of just under 45,000. The Fisht Stadium will host Australia vs Peru How can I stream live commentary?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT 2.What is the team news?Australia are without striker Andrew Nabbout after he dislocated a shoulder in the draw with Denmark. Tomi Juric is drafted in as his replacement, with Tim Cahill again on the bench.Peru are withouth Jefferson Farfan, who suffered a “traumatic brain injury” in a collision with a team-mate in training, as they search for their first win at a World Cup since 1978.center_img 3 We now have our line-ups for #AUSPER! 👇👇👇— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 26, 2018What does Group C look like ahead of the match? 3 Australia prepare for their clash against Peru last_img read more


first_imgExcitement building for Topaz Donegal International Rally 2012 by Declan BoyleThe history of the Donegal International Rally will continue this June from the 15-17th, 3 days of fully packed action of pure rallying.Since the event was launched in 1972, it has grown from strength to strength becoming Donegal’s largest sporting event. The rally is estimated to bring up to €25 million to the local economy each year hosting up to 50,000 plus spectators.CoC for the rally, Eamon McGee has made slight changes to the course for this year’s International.Day One will see the rally around the Newtowncunningham/Manorcunningham area with a Spectator Stage in Buncrana again this year.Day Two has a slight few changes but will see the same classic stages such as Knockalla & Gartan Lake. Day Three will consist of more classics such as Glen, Port Lake and the incredible Atlantic Drive and will head back to the events HQ at the Mount Errigal Hotel for the finish ramp and the prize-giving which will take place towards nightfall on Sunday evening.As the Topaz Donegal International Rally is part of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship you can expect to see names such as Former winner Tim McNulty, Eugene Donnelly, Daragh O’Riordan, Garry Jennings, Sam Moffett and ITRC leader Darren Gass.This year’s rally is a counting round of the Irish Tarmac Historic Championship, Round 4 of the Citroen C2 Championship and not forgetting the National Championship. The event is also a counting round of the Donegal MotorClub Basset Heating & Plumbing championshipIrish Tarmac Championship Rally Standings DARREN GASS (SUBARU)                                      61 GARRY JENNINGS (MITSUBISHI EVO)                     41EUGENE DONNELLY (MINI/COROLLA)                      36DARAGH O’RIORDAN (SUBARU)                             31DEREK McGARRITY (SUBARU)                                21.5 SAM MOFFETT (MITSUBSHI EVO)                           16.5DONAGH KELLY (MITSUBISHI EVO)                                16TIM McNULTY (SUBARU)                                       15DAVID CARNEY (CITROEN C2)                               10KEVIN O’CONNNOR (CITROEN C2)                          9 For more info on the rally visit orwww.donegalmotorclub.comAuthor – Declan BoyleImage – Declan Boyle – www.dbpics.netPREVIEW: EXCITEMENT BUILDING FOR TOPAZ DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Dailydonegaldaily.comPREVIEW: TENSION BUILDING FOR TOPAZ DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLYlast_img read more


first_imgKickboxing LK has been kicking up a storm on the European and Irish circuit in the last few weeks.It all started on August 16th with coach Tommy “The Ghost” Mc Cafferty exploding onto the European mixed martial arts scene with a highlight reel knockout of Scotland’s Dean Reilly on his Cage Warriors debut.The fight was touted as a battle of the two best strikers in the European featherweight division, and fans got their money’s worth with a see-saw battle in the first round. Mc Cafferty came out in the second and took control, landing some brutal leg kicks to take away Reilly’s mobility, that was present in the first round.At 56 seconds into the 2nd round Mc Cafferty landed a switch step right hand which dropped Reilly hard to the canvas before mc cafferty moved in for the finish in what was described by the commentator as an “absolutely unbelievable knockout”.Check it out here LK isn’t just about the competitive side of the sport, and this was shown when Newtowncunningham’s own John Hannigan became the first black belt under the guidance of Tommy Mc Cafferty to fight. John had trained firstly in the junior class before making his way to the senior classes and with a lot of hard work and extreme dedication after six and half years of training he got the honour of becoming kickboxing LK’s first black belt on September 4th.On Saturday night, Letterkenny’s own Brian “The running man” Crossan took to the ring on the undercard of a WKU professional world title fight to challenge for the WKU Irish title.Brian who is currently the WKA Irish champion was looking to unify the two Irish titles to cement himself as Ireland’s no.1 super middleweight full contact kick-boxer.He entered the ring on Saturday night to take on the hometown boy and crowd favourite Michael Mc Crossan in what was set to be a battle of two big hitters.In the first couple of exchanges both men looked determined to put an early stamp of authority on the bout with both having some success in the early exchanges in what was an even first round. The Letterkenny man started to come strong in the second round landing some big combinations ending with some thundering kicks to his opponents body.It was becoming evident as the round went on that these were starting to add up as Brian Crossan started to up the ante narrowly missing with a spinning hook kick.In the third round, Brian started to go on an all out attack landing some big punches and kicks but Michael Mc Crossan was in no way out of the fighting firing back with some heavy hands of his own.As the round went on Brian Crossan started to take control using push kicks and side kicks to stop Michael’s attacks and to set up his own combinations. As the third round came to a close it was looking like the Letterkenny man was still fresh and when the fourth round started this became very clear as Brian Crossan went on all out attack landing kick after kick to the mid-rift of his opponent and following up with some heavy handed combinations.Halfway through the fourth, Brian landed a sharp sidekick which seem to hurt his opponent and once Brian seen the change on his opponents face he followed up with and cracking right leg his forced his opponent to the canvas.Referee Stephen McFarlane started the count but as the count came to the end it was obvious that Brian’s opponent wasn’t going to make it up for the count as he was counted out.As the MC announced the result Brian’s strong following could be heard loudly echoing through the venue in celebration of what was a huge victory for the Lurgybrack man.Brian who is known for his high levels of fitness on the running circuits as well isn’t one to sit about and rest on his glory and is now preparing for his K-1 debut in Belfast in two weeks time.Kickboxing LK is known as the premier striking gym in the North-West but this didn’t stop head-coach Tommy Mc Cafferty from picking up a bronze medal in the Irish BJJ leagues the following morning in the middleweight blue belt category narrowly missing out on the final.Tommy says the clubs key to success is that they keep the training fun and enjoyable.There is no room for ego in the club and everyone is there to help make each other better and support each other in their goals.Whether that be to lose weight, learn self defence, work their way to black belt or to actually enter the ring at some stage in any of the disciplines taught at the club from kickboxing to k-1 to Muay Thai.If you’re interested in learning some kickboxing or Muay Thai or even just to lose some weight, why not try out our new beginners course starting this Thursday at 7:00 at the Aura leisure centre, which will take place twice a week for five weeks, the price for the course is €40.KICKBOXING LETTERKENNY IS ‘KICKING’ UP A STORM was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Featureskick-boxingnewsPromoted PostSportTommy Mc Caffertylast_img read more


first_imgThe scene of last night’s crash on the N13 at Burt. Pic North West News PixTHE Letterkenny to Derry road at Burt is to stay closed for a second night following last night’s fatal road crash.Lenny Nelson, who was 58 and worked in the arts sector in Derry, was killed when his motorbike struck two cars.Garda collision investigators plan to continue their investigation at the scene on Saturday morning. Diversions remain in place. LETTERKENNY TO DERRY ROAD TO STAY CLOSED FOR ANOTHER NIGHT was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Roadworks to switch to evening work in Letterkenny

first_imgMotorists in Letterkenny have been warned that roadworks in the High Road area will continue this week.Contractors are busy laying new pipes for Irish Water close to Letterkenny General Hospital.The contractors are now concentrating on the High Road area and will switch to night-time laying to avoid traffic disruption. A spokesman said “So far this week we have installed 86m of pipe down the High Road, due to obstructions we will be switching lanes on Monday 23rd April this means come Monday we will be switching to night work. We will be working 7pm-7am, this work will be carried out under Stop-Go traffic management.“We hope to be commencing full road closure (from Iona Road to Macs Mace) from Thursday 26th April. This work is to be carried out during nightshift. We intend to be on nights for the next 3-4 weeks, working Monday to Friday night.”Roadworks to switch to evening work in Letterkenny was last modified: April 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more