12 Jan

Eye care services envisioned for each region

first_imgMahdia Regional Hospital is expected to have an established eye care facility as the Public Health Ministry aims to expand the service beyond one region. The plan is to place optometrists at all district hospitals and Regional hospitals by 2020.According to the Director of Regional and Clinical Services of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Kay Shako, this is being done to ensure a wide range of specialised services are available to all Guyanese. She made this disclosure as she accompanied the Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to a community meeting in Princeville, Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni).An eye care specialist from the Cuban Medical Brigade in Guyana advises a resident of Waipa, Region Eight during a medical outreachDr Shako explained that while ophthalmologists work in Guyana, they are a rare speciality. However, as there are more qualified optometrists in the country, they can be deployed to various regions. An Ophthalmologist is a doctor who is concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. The optometrist, however, is an eye care specialist who examines eyes for both vision and health deficiency.“The new direction now is to have an optometrist… We would have examined every region, so the optometrists are the medical eye specialists so to speak. They examine the eye, determine the diseases, and they can order treatment for you. This will work in the primary health care setting,” the Director said.Dr Shako informed the Region 8 residents that optometrists have already been placed at some hospitals. She assured that specialised services at the hospitals in their region will soon be a reality.“Optometrists were placed in some of our hospitals already so we will get it done between the last quarter of this year or next year you are going to be having an optometrist here in Region 8”.Regional Health Officer for Potaro-Siparuni Dr Chrissundra Abdool said the persons who required specialised services (eye care, dental) are those who mostly reside in far-flung communities. She pledged to work closely with the Public Health Ministry to have these services established.“We have other basic services available, but here in Region 8, eye care services are needed… We need to focus on those persons in the far-flung communities, they are the persons who need our help the most. So, my vision is to ensure we get there by setting up services, one at a time”.Even as the Ministry works to bridge the gap in healthcare by establishing these services, specialised outreach teams are deployed to communities that are not easily accessed. This is done to ensure that the persons living in these areas benefit from quality health care. The specialist doctors that are on these team make timely diagnoses in most cases saving lives.For this year, specialists have been deployed to Waipa and Karisparu in Region 8, where approximately 500 residents were able to access the specialised services brought to them. The services included dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and general medicine.last_img read more

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27 Dec

Road rage more than rudeness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Yousef, who wasn’t interested in such clinical distinctions, mashed the accelerator on his Mercedes-Benz sedan, swerved and sped away, a shotgun blast echoing through the air. The incident at a Victorville intersection was far from isolated, according to the study released Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry. As many as 16 million Americans could suffer from IED, which manifests itself in violent, inappropriate behavior. Screaming, threats of death and destruction – and, when a car enters the mix, road rage. The nationwide study, funded by NIMH and conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, examined more than 9,000 subjects. With as many as 7 percent of them experiencing some form of IED, that extrapolates to 16 million people nationwide. The average onset came at 14 years old, predating episodes of depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol abuse. The average IED sufferer will fly into a rage 43 times in their lifetime, racking up more than $1,300 in damage to others’ personal property. “People think it’s bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don’t know … is that there’s a biology and cognitive science to this,” Dr. Emil Coccaro, the chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago’s medical school and one of the study’s authors, told The Associated Press. The symptoms can be treated with antidepressants or anger-management therapy, Coccaro said, though less than one-third of sufferers have ever received treatment. Leon Levy, an office manager from West Hollywood, sees nothing wrong with the occasional outburst. While driving to work through Los Angeles’ choked streets, he’s been both the victim and the perpetrator of wheeled altercations. Conflict on the asphalt happens so frequently, the 27-year-old Levy had to reflect a bit to select his sharpest road rage moment. He settled on a recent dustup that involved another car driving too slowly on Santa Monica Boulevard. As Levy, in a hurry, tried to maneuver around a car “taking its sweet (expletive) time,” the other driver took umbrage and extended his middle finger. Levy, irritated, cut around him and slammed on his brakes. Soon, they were jockeying around each other, engines racing, tires screeching. Eventually, after the other car nearly dented Levy’s BMW, he hurled a water bottle at the driver and sped away. “It’s all about catching the wrong person at the wrong time. It could have happened this morning, and I wouldn’t have done nothing,” he said. “Usually I just blow them kisses, and that fires them up even more.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ray Yousef hit the brakes at the stop sign, apparently a little more quickly than the truck behind him preferred. The Moorpark computer programmer looked in his rearview mirror and saw the furious driver pop out of the vehicle, fuming and toting a shotgun. “They’re trying to get home quickly and they think you’re just not going fast enough, I guess,” the 45-year-old Yousef said. “He thought I shouldn’t have stopped in front of him, so he pulled a gun.” It was a case of road rage – an uncontrollable outburst of anger that top researchers now say can be caused by a disease: “Intermittent explosive disorder,” or IED, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. last_img read more

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