Swan, Linden-Soesdyke Highway choppingThirty-two-year-old Malicia Andrews, of Swan Community, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, who was brutally attacked and chopped by her reputed husband during an argument has been placed on life support with her condition listed as critical.The mother of six was chopped to her neck and hand after she indicated to her now dead reputed husband that she wanted to end the relationship. The incident took place on Tuesday at Swan Village.Speaking with Guyana Times, Charmalita Adams, a sister of the injured woman, noted that Andrews has been unresponsive since she was admitted a patient atCritical: Malicia Andrewsthe Georgetown Public Hospital.As a result, she was placed on the life support machine after suffering breathing problems on account of the chop she received to her neck.“The doctor say she have to do another surgery today (Thursday); she gah go in theatre, but she can’t talk … all she doing is shaking she head,” her younger sister explained.Based on reports, the suspect, 39-year-old Ian English of Lot 11 Swan Village, who later took his own life, followed the woman to her mother’s home and demanded that she return home with him but she refused. It was at that time she informed him that she wanted to end the relationship.The suspect reportedly became enraged, armed himself with a cutlass, went into the house and dealt Andrews several chops to her body. After receiving the chops, the injured woman reportedly ran into the yard and collapsed.The suspect, believing that she was dead, collected a rope along with the blood-stained cutlass and fled the scene. Andrews was picked up and rushed to the Diamond hospital in critical condition and was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.English’s body was later discovered by Police ranks who were summoned to the scene after the chopping incident.The couple had shared a relationship for several years and had two children ages 13 and 2.
Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Lineu Pupo de Paula handed over a quantity of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine to the Public Health Ministry on behalf of his government on Tuesday.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence receiving a portion of the MMR vaccines from Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Lineu Pupo de Paula in the presence of Director of Family Healthcare Services in the Ministry, Dr Ertenesia HamiltonReceiving the donation were Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Director of Family Healthcare Services, Dr Ertenesia Hamilton and Focal Point for Adolescent Health, Dr Oneka Scott.A total of 10,000 units were received to aid in the continued fight against the MMR viruses. The Brazilian Ambassador noted, “This is the second donation that Brazil is offering for the Ministry of Health this year.”Earlier in 2017, Brazil and PAHO/WHO donated drugs to help counteract Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease found in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Ambassador Pupo de Paula said, “It is in our interest to help to vaccinate children and everybody…This just shows how good the relationship between the two countries is going.”According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Lawrence welcomed the Brazilian Government’s gesture, noting that the vaccines acquired would go directly towards ‘cross border vaccination activities’.“We do have a lot of persons traversing through Guyana, whether they are coming here to find work or to invest or whether they are using here as a ‘jump off’ point to some other neighbouring country,” the Minister explained.She alluded to the fact that there were outbreaks of the MMR viruses in neighbouring countries. However, she noted that through efforts by these countries and Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), initiatives were put in place to prevent the spread of such viruses.Although these outbreaks did not affect Guyana in any significant way, Minister Lawrence emphasised that the vaccines acquired would “ensure that we have a stockpile of vaccines…We have a vaccination programme in Guyana, we are catering for that through our budget and through some of our partners”.Further, she added, “because of the high incidence of persons going back and forth — Brazilians, Surinamese, Venezuelans and so on, this boost will help us to take off that excess and ensure that we always have, to be able to help our sisters and brothers from the neighbouring states.”The adult population will be primarily targeted. Public Health Ministry Director of the Family HealthCare Services, Dr Ertenesia Hamilton detailed, “Some of our adults are still at risk because they would have not benefited .… So this donation will be aiding in improving the immunisation of our adult population, and those persons, who would have not been caught in the normal immunisation programmes.”More specifically, it was further explained that the adult population in Regions One, Two, Seven, Eight and Nine (regions sharing borders with Venezuela and Brazil) would be the first to access vaccines from this donation. “Also, we try to immunise all of our officers who are first responders such as Port Health Officers, our Immigration Officers, our Police and our soldiers,” Dr Hamilton stated.