NASSCORP Donates to ETUs

first_imgAs many more Ebola afflicted patients are now being discharged from the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across the country, the management of the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP) yesterday made a huge donation to several ETU  centers in and around Monrovia.Last weekend’s donation was  part of the Corporation’s social responsibility to identify with institutions that are engaged in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).The NASSCORP management donated several bags of rice and other assorted items to the managements of the various ETUs in and around Monrovia, including the ELWA-ll and the one near the Island Clinic.NASSCORP’s Public Affairs Coordinator, David Q. Beekeh, who presented the first consignment of the items to the management of ELWA-ll treatment center, said those materials were part of the entity’s board of directors and management way of identifying with people that are being afflicted by the EVD as well as medical practitioners who are catering to them at the various ETUs.The donation by the NASSCORP coincided with this year’s Thanksgiving ceremony.  The Corporation thought the gesture was in line with one of her slogans, “Social Security Touches the Life of Everyone.”“Consignments presented during this Thanksgiving Day are part of what the Corporation started doing already since the outbreak commenced, thus signifying to our many customers and Liberians in general that our our determination to touch the lives of those afflicted by this devastating situation,” Mr. Beekeh declared.He presented the consignment to the manager of ELWA-ll ETU, Nathaniel K. DeVillie.The items are intended for the sick, so that they may eat and get well. He promised that the Corporation would bring more other items whenever the need arises. The NASSCORP management yesterday made similar donations to ETU authorities at  the Island Clinic on Bushrod Island.Items presented included nutrient-rich cartoons of biscuits, several 25 kg bags of rice, packages of canned food, juices and sacks of mineral water, etc.  ELWA Devillie’s expressed gratitude to NASSCORP on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) and the management of ELWA-ll for the gesture.According to him, the items represent some of the essential materials the ETU  managements needed to administer to the patients to fast-track their recovery processes, especially the water to replace lost fluids. Mr. Devillie has meanwhile disclosed that as of last  Wednesday, November 5, the center had discharged 19 patients, among them, women and children, as well as the elderly males.“The Ebola situation was getting better. This means we are getting better by reducing Ebola cases. He welcomed this development, he said, because  doctors and nurses themselves were all getting afraid, in the midst of the stigmas from the outside,” Mr. Devillie asserted as he beamed a smile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Minister roasted for calling Amerindians ‘greedy’

first_imgThe leadership of the National Toshao Council (NTC) used the opportunity on Monday to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister, who suggested that Amerindians are greedy.At the opening of the 11th Annual NTC conference, Chairman of the Council Joel Fredericks criticised Government over an incident which took place in the National Assembly.Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity and expressed disappointment with the Minister’s statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns over the fact that no parliamentarian, from both the Government and Opposition, objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.While touting the need for cohesion and unity, the NTC Chairman lamented that Amerindians are sometimes still treated as third class citizens in Guyana, but he contends that Amerindians deserve respect like every other racial group in the country.The head of the NTC also committed to rebuking any form of racial provocation and propaganda that seeks to damage the image and the identity of the country’s first peoples.“We see a member working for this Administration, openly attacking the Indigenous people’s identity, integrity and history. We advise caution because such uttering drives a deep wedge in a nation,” he added.Although the NTC Chairman did not name the Minister, he was indirectly referring to Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.Scott during a parliamentary sitting in June reportedly said that Amerindians are greedy because they requested security in the lands they have held since time immemorial.Scott had also philosophised that sovereignty now belongs to the State, governed by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government (APNU/AFC).The Minister was debating the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) motion to halt the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the issues surrounding lands belonging to Amerindians and freed African slaves.Several Amerindian leaders and organisations have rejected Government’s decision to establish the CoI into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The NTC had said it views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands and has argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.The organisation said while it support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework.Although Amerindians leaders have met with President David Granger over this issue, the matter is yet to be resolved. No amicable solution has been found between parties.At the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the NTC Conference, a sod turning exercise took place at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, where the proposed site for the NTC Secretariat was revealed.Amerindian leaders from across the country will meet for the next several days during the conference to discuss issues facing their communities and talk about the successes they have achieved.The NTC conference opened on Monday at the Cyril Potter College of Education. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Good Governance – A brighter future for Guyana’s First peoples.”last_img read more

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