The most affordable eyecare enterprise in Guyana, Ming’s Optical on Sunday morning opened yet another multimillion-dollar branch, this time in Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Located at Lot 1997 Parika Highway in the Lotus Mall, the ophthalmic centre will cater for a number of eyecare needs.First Lady Sandra Granger along with Michelle and Stanley Ming and staff of the new Parika branchThe spacious, ultramodern location is fully equipped with all of the latest optical equipment and amenities offering residents of the East Bank of Essequibo, the Essequibo Islands and West Demerara increased convenience and state-of-the-art optical services.These include comprehensive eye testing for both spectacles and contact lenses.Additionally, there is a wide selection of fashionable frames to suit every personality at affordable prices.Visual field testing for glaucoma and retinal conditions will also now be available.The owner, Optometrist Michelle Ming noted that since the economic activities in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) were now improving, she felt that there was a need for the new branch.Dr Ming added that as such, she and her team began working to provide eye care for not only those in Essequibo but also in the interior locations.“We felt like there was a need to expand our eyecare services here. We have a team of qualified optometrists working with me. We have 100 of frames for all. We will continue to provide quality eye care to the best of our ability and to ensure that to our fellow Guyanese, we will strive to provide care with the best technologies available,” Dr Ming said.The new Parika branchSpeaking on behalf of the Public Health Ministry, John Adams made clear his confidence in Ming’s providing quality eye care services.“I know that Ming’s will render great service to these communities. I want to congratulate the owners for expanding eye care in Guyana, and it is the Government’s desire to encourage businesses to take the initiative in moving such enterprises forward. I am happy that this business is in Region Three and that Region Three will be going places because of this,” the Public Health Advisor said.Delivering a brief keynote address, First Lady Sandra Granger endorsed the opening of the new branch.According to the First Lady, she is appreciative of the Ming family for using what they achieved through studies to give back to the Guyanese public.She applauded Michelle Ming for not only the opening of the branch but also for her years of service at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Granger gave a brief history of the Parika Branch, which was first opened in 2011, “This new improved branch of optical service was opened in Parika back in 2011, and the branch was moved to the new location in order for the brand and service to be improved. Those people in Cuyuni-Mazaruni who would not want to cross another river, to journey to Georgetown for eye care will now be able to receive care right here.”The First Lady further applauded Ming, stating “Guyanese girls rock! Michelle not only helped to established the first low-vision care clinic in the Caribbean at the GPHC, but also volunteered her service for five years by providing care for persons whose eye could not be repaired with a spectacles. Additionally, she is the Coordinator of joint eye care missions in the University of the West Indies who is currently training local optometrists at the GPHC to use retinal cameras for laser treatment which is now available in Guyana”.Since its inception in 1990, Ming’s Optical has extended its reach throughout the country and this, its third location complements its head office in Urquhart and New Market Streets and Williamsburg branch in Rose Hall, Berbice.
Visit the project website: sitecproject.com Learn MoreAdvertisement B.C Hydro has released the construction schedule for the next two weeks. With an important win in B.C. Supreme Court, Hydro continues work on the dam. According to the schedule, work will continue on the work accommodation lodge, clearing and excavation will continue on the north bank as well construction of the temporary bridge continues. See the full schedule below.The following construction activities are scheduled to occur March 7 – March 20:Construction of the worker accommodation lodge and other buildings will continue. The first phase of the lodge (300 beds) will be open and in use.Clearing, excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank of the dam site area.Excavation and in-river roadwork will continue in and around the Peace River at the dam site.Construction of the temporary Peace River construction bridge will continue. Pile driving is being used to construct the bridge.Vegetation and tree clearing will occur in the area in and around the confluence of the Moberly River and along the Peace River.Clearing and other work will continue on the south bank. Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.Security gates, guard buildings and mobile trailers will be installed.The main civil works contractor is expected to begin mobilization of crews and equipment to the dam site area. Survey work and site investigation will occur on the north and south bank.Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry.Vegetation and tree clearing will occur to accommodate future work in Portage Mountain Quarry.The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor may mobilize and begin work on public roads. Clearing will occur along 271 Road and Old Fort Road.Geotechnical investigations will occur along the right-of-way for the 500 kV transmission line.Geotechnical investigations may occur along Highway 29 at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change. – Advertisement -What to ExpectWhile this work takes place, local residents can expect the following:There will be truck traffic in the area as construction crews mobilize, the hauling of rock and timber continues, and as modular camp units are transported to site. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to the site on the south bank.Work to construct the temporary Peace River construction bridge will take place seven days per week, with periodic pile driving.Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry and from the work in Portage Mountain Quarry.Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends. Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including the bridge construction. BC Hydro will continue to monitor noise levels.For boater and worker safety, boats will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas. These areas are clearly identified with signage and markings.There will be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on public roads.