Competence of the Guyana Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Following the Crime Chief’s statements at a press conference and previous statement emanating from the mouths of officers in the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force, I am highly annoyed that they choose to cast their incompetence towards others instead of getting a grip on crime and I would like to point out a few facts that they should address instead of trying to discredit others, specially ‘those roaming about as technicians’ like myself who are trying.Over the years, the Stabroek Market has been a safe haven for drug sellers, users, selling and purchasing of stolen articles, numerous robberies. Numerous traffic jams around the various bus parks, especially at the route 45 park, cause tremendous headache to motorists.Vehicles are being stopped and in most cases, charges are stated, the matter either gets tried on the spot or it’s taken to the ‘high court’ (Police station), and settlement is agreed upon. Many Police are trusted with responsibilities and instead, their greed overcomes them.The recent incident at the Arthur Chung Centre shows that not one alone was involved but they all combine their brains together and execute lawlessness to enrich themselves. Those things keep occurring and despite their glorious plans they always come up with or project they embarked on, the lawlessness still continues. Throughout the years, crimes still occur and at particular areas, they keep reoccurring and they can’t curb it, even though they have all that is required to. But every Christmas, they always have a plan. Some plan!Editor, at the above mentioned press conference, the Crime Chief chose to discredit persons ‘roaming about as technicians’ and advising to use companies. Just for the sake of clarity, I would like to inform the Crime Chief that most people working for those companies are just like us ‘roaming technicians’.There is nowhere that really trains someone on installation of security systems and only one or few people are fortunate to get sponsored training overseas by companies. Some eventually leave and embarked on solo careers and now they are fortunate to be labeled ‘roaming technicians’.I have penned a series of letters about security and security systems because I have an interest in them, did my research and it also aids me financially. I have been able to travel lots of places to either install or rectify/trouble shoot problems relating to security cameras.Many people make contact with me via social media or phone either seeking my advice or service. Before going about discrediting ‘roaming technicians’, it should be noted that many companies charge tremendous amounts of money, and or sell outdated/inferior products.Among some of the pointers/guides in my letters, I’ve emphasised on the placement of cameras and I am seeing many companies still installing cameras at a distance and angle which gives you footage that is worthless.Today, many crimes are being committed by criminals who wear hats and although the angle camera is in position, it’s impossible to get a decent image. The Guyana Police Force has CID officers that receive training to retrieve videos/footage from DVRs and in a few cases, I had to assist those ‘trained’ officers, because they don’t know anything or could not manoeuvre through those settings.Finally Editor, our crime rate is extremely high in this country and based on what the Crime Chief said, it’s ridiculous to hear that places would invest in dummy cameras instead of the real deal. I don’t buy that, business owners know the importance of security systems and I don’t believe they would stop short. There are many people who have security systems installed and if a crime is commited in the area their system covers, once it doesn’t involve them, they don’t assist.Their views are that they invest for their protection and not others. Proper maintenance of security systems is important because it sometimes malfunctions and many systems might become inoperable, awaiting replacement parts/repairs etc.The Crime Chief’s revelations will only encourages criminals to scrutinise places more closely, instead of deterring them, so, I’m wondering what are their true intentions, especially when they are against stores/companies having armed security in front of their premises? The last time I checked, even the Police was hired to perform a service and they thieving, isn’t it better you take your own precaution? Why no advisory about soliciting members of the Guyana Police Force, especially when we see they mostly uniting to thief?Respectfully,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Minister hears pharmacy graduates still awaiting placement

first_imgAddressing staff shortages at West Dem HospitalBy Shemuel FanfairAfter roughly a year of completing studies and the required internship programme, several pharmacists are still waiting to be placed at health institutions.This was discovered during a top-level meeting with Minister within the PublicThe West Demerara Regional HospitalHealth Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings and officials in Region Three (Essequibo-Islands-West Demerara) last week. The meeting, which was held at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), sought to iron out a number of issues which are affecting health-care delivery in the district.Medical Superintendent and acting Regional Health Officer, Dr Bibi Jabar informed the Junior Public Health Minister that the pharmacy at the WDRH would open until 20:00h. And Inter-Ministerial Sector Coordinator within the Public Health Ministry, Mr Seewchan related that the Ministry was currently undertaking measures to ensure that the Hospital operated a 24-hour pharmacy service. He also explained that to this end, the Public Health Ministry has been working with the representative from the ministerial secretariat to have the requisite positions filled.The Parfaite Health Centre is one of the medical facilities that require a pharmacy assistantSeewchan further observed that there were several university graduates who were available for the position of pharmacy assistant.“We have pharmacists who graduated, but they weren’t able to be placed into the institution; what needs to be done is that the Region [should have] an inventory [to identify the positions that need to be filled],” he noted.Responding to the staff shortage concerns, WDRH Administrator Sanjah Persaud highlighted that his office had already submitted requests via the Region to the Public Service Ministry for several positions to be filled. As such, Seewchan, the Ministry’s Inter-Ministerial Sector Coordinator, called on the Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Jennifer Ferreira-Dougall to have that process facilitated. Ferreira-Dougall disclosed that even before the start of her tenure in April, those requests were passed on to the relevant Ministry.“Maybe the Region can work with our national coordinator of pharmacy who can have those persons identified and placed in those positions. [We need] to have that process expedited. It [the pharmacy service] is not only for West Demerara and its environs,” Seewchan noted, saying that persons from riverine communities along the Essequibo would first stop at the West Demerara Hospital for medical care after travelling several miles.Seewchan highlighted the need for pharmacists to be paid good remuneration packages, and also noted that transportation incentives should be considered for those who have to travel far distances to their placements at centres and at the Hospital. The official expressed hope that the positions would be filled by October.Dr Cummings concurred, saying the West Demerara Hospital must be restored to its former glory as it had copped major awards in times past.“We are looking to improve the services, so people wouldn’t have to travel from Saxacalli and pass here and go till to Georgetown when you can stop right here,” she noted.In March, reports surfaced that the careers of several pharmacy graduates were on hold since they could not obtain their licences to practice. This had come following a delay in the students being admitted to an internship programme at the Georgetown Public Hospital.This newspaper had reported that the 2016 class of then prospective pharmacists had waited for months to commence their internship programme; however, it was stated that the Pharmacy Council was at the time unprepared to facilitate the process, which was originally slated to commence in January 2017.The Pharmacy Practitioners Act of 2003, under the Part VI section titled “Pharmacy Interns”, stipulates that University of Guyana graduates who have completed the Bachelor of Science Degree (Pharmacy) must complete an internship programme of not less than six months, before obtaining a licence to practice as a professional Pharmacist. The Council has the mandate to approve an appropriate institution at which the students can undertake the six-month programme.The students had called on Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to intervene on their behalf.“We have spent four years of our lives studying hard to be pharmacists, because we have a passion for health-care provision. The Pharmacy Council, by their unconscionable delay, has prevented better health provision being provided to those patients in need of health care,” <<>> was told in March.Now that the internship has reportedly been completed, the graduates at this juncture are awaiting placement at medical facilities. According to information disclosed on Thursday last, the current non-placement of appointed pharmacists is not exclusive to Region Three.last_img read more