During one of her visits to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Wednesday, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe announced that there has been a reduction in the number of children at the institution.One of the patients visited by Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-LoweAccording to Garrido-Lowe, during her previous visits, there were a large number of children who were receiving treatment at the medical facility.“There are fewer children on the ward, because on my previous visit, there were so many children and I ensured that I saw all of them. I am also happy to see that they’re well-cared for by the nurses,” she stated.During her visit, 27 children, including two cancer patients at the paediatric ward, were the recipients of hygiene hampers on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry.Accompanying the team was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Elizabeth Gonsalves, who noted that the institution was looking forward to the continuous support which it has received over the years from the Ministry.“It’s a very good gesture to reach out to the kids, because when kids are hospitalised, it’s a lot different to when adults are, it’s not only that they are uncomfortable, but their freedom is taken away also,” she stated.Last year, Minister Garrido-Lowe also made several visits to the paediatric ward at the GPHC where contributions were made to the children.Under Minister Garrido-Lowe’s supervision, scheduled visits began over the past year to the institution, which ensured regular support – financial and otherwise – was given to persons in the Hospital.In 2017, $12 million was allocated towards support to Indigenous patients seeking financial assistance, either in part or full, for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RI), ultrasound, and Computed Tomography (CT) scans; radiation treatment; hygiene kits; funeral expenses, etc.In 2018, in excess of $12 million will be spent on financial assistance for Indigenous people.
Deon Brown and Trevon Alleyne appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of larceny.It is alleged that between April 26 and 27, 2019 at Lot 104 Regent Road, Bourda, Georgetown, Brown and Alleyne broke and entered the business place of Vivekananda Ramoutar and stole a quantity of items worth $1.2 million.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.The prosecution’s case contended that on April 27, Police ranks, acting on information received, went to the location, where it was discovered that the business had been broken into. Upon investigating, the ranks found the two men on the premises with the articles. They were subsequently arrested.Brown, a 38-year-old mason, of Lot 207 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, told the court he resided next door to the business, in a house with eight other persons. He added that he woke up and four cops were standing over him, asking him for the items he stole, but he said he denied knowledge of the incident. He told the court that the ranks went into the upper flat and brought down a battery and nipper. The man said he was arrested along with the other occupants of the home, but the others were later released, while he remained in custody.Twenty-year-old Alleyne told the court he saw a battery outside and he took it.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail based on the fact that both men were arrested at the scene with the items in their possession.They were remanded to prison, and the case was scheduled to continue on May 2, 2019.