National Ophthalmology Hospital is in crisis

first_imgDear EditorThe Government has the power to ensure Guyanese pay taxes, but, in return, it must ensure quality services are delivered to the Guyanese people.Definitely, this is not the policy of this APNU/AFC coalition Government. Recently, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence visited the National Ophthalmology Hospital in Region Six and announced the re-opening of this important national hospital, it was later confirmed — when the Director of Health Services announced at the April statutory Regional Democratic Council meeting — that in the next two weeks, the National Ophthalmology Hospital would be reopened for cataract surgeries to the public.This was welcome news for thousands of poor Guyanese who are awaiting cataract surgeries over two years now. Unfortunately, to date, the National Ophthalmology Hospital has been unable to commence cataract surgeries.This was confirmed when a senior Government official called the doctors, who said that only screening of patients is been carried out, not surgeries. Definitely, persons who are awaiting services from this National Ophthalmology Hospital might either become blind or may have to pay privately at an exorbitant price to get their surgeries done, all because of the incompetence of the Minister of Public Health, the Director of Health Services, and the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s incompetence to ensure that the much needed medical supplies were procured to fix this crisis.We have seen that shortages of the drugs and medical supplies continue to be a national issue, and cannot be fixed because the APNU/AFC coalition Government favour certain suppliers because of huge kickbacks.Public officials who mislead the public should be held accountable with disciplinary actions. Billions of taxpayers’ monies are being spent to ensure ministers and public officials enjoy the good life, while the poor and vulnerable continue to suffer.As a representative of the people of Region Six, I urge Guyanese to demand that this National Ophthalmology Hospital be fixed immediately to avert a national crisis.SincerelyZamal HussainChairmanRegional HealthCommitteeRegion Sixlast_img read more

Seven summer moves which will help AC Milan rock European football again

first_img 7 Confirmed: Andre Silva – €38m – Thrilling young Portuguese talent wasn’t going to be at Porto before someone snapped him up and it is AC Milan who have made the move this summer. Silva possesses not only a predatory instinct, but an array of skills to lay on assists for team-mates. Able to play in both a two-man, or three-man front-line, the forward, who is already an international star, could be in the reckoning for the Capocannoniere if things go to plan and he settles quickly having managed 16 goals in 32 appearances last time out. It’s been a while since AC Milan have been mentioned among the elite of European football.Four seasons of Serie A finishes outside the top six have seen the Rossoneri drop down the ranks when comparing top clubs, despite winning the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, while also reaching the final in 2005.Stars like Andriy Shevchenko, Kaka, Ronaldinho, and Paolo Maldini, are long gone, but a new group of players is being assembled as they look for a return to the top table of the European game.Following Yonghong Li’s takeover of the club – ending Silvio Berlusconi’s 31-year reign – more funds are being made available to manager Vincenzo Montella, and they haven’t wasted their time in splashing the cash.So, who are the men being tasked with taking AC Milan back to the top?Click the right arrow above to see the player who have already been signed, and those rumoured to be moving to the San Siro this summer… Confirmed: Franck Kessie – Two-year loan with an obligation to buy – Atalanta impressed everyone last season, ending the season in fourth place – but the team from Bergamo have now lost one of their star players. Kessie is powerful box-to-box midfielder, who can cause havoc with driving runs, but is still a little raw. He already possesses the composure and confidence to be a regular penalty taker, but can be a little reckless when it comes to trying to win the ball back from opponents. Rumour: Andrea Conti (Atalanta) – One of AC Milan’s top targets, Conti excelled at right wing-back last season for his current club, scoring eight goals and laying on four for team-mates. Reports suggest the player has agreed a deal with the Rossoneri and now the two clubs must agree a fee. Like Rodriguez on the opposite flank, he will look to excite fans at the San Siro with his gung-ho style. 7 Confirmed: Ricardo Rodriguez – €15m – After being pursued by some of Europe’s top clubs for the last two summers, Swiss star Rodriguez is finally swapping clubs. The former Wolfsburg left-back is fond of getting forward and will no doubt excite the San Siro, while his set-pieces are also of note. An ankle injury curtailed his season but he should be fit and firing for the new campaign, and ready to prove a point. 7 7 7 7 7 Rumour: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – Europe’s creator-in-chief last season, the Swedish star made 19 assists and scored eight goals from attacking midfield in the Bundesliga. He’s now being targeted by a host of clubs, but AC Milan are at the front of the queue. Asked about a move to the San Siro while on international duty, Forsberg was reluctant to comment but acknowledge he knew plenty about the new ‘project’ taking place at the club. New contract imminent: Gianluigi Donnarumma – The deal that would top all the others is a new contract for teen goalkeeping sensation Donnarumma. Already pencilled in as the heir to Gianluigi Buffon on the international stage, Gigio seems set to sign a huge new deal, after admitting he was looking for a new house in the city, insisting he was ‘attached to Milan’. Confirmed: Mateo Musacchio – €18m – Click the right arrow above to see the players who have already been signed, and those rumoured to be moving to the San Siro this summer… – Almost signed by Tottenham Hotspur two years ago, the Argentine has been a big part of Villarreal’s defence but has also experienced injury issues which have curtailed his playing time. He will be looking to give his all in red and black this coming season and force his way back into the international reckoning ahead of the World Cup. Musacchio isn’t the tallest, but is composed on the ball and confident going into tackles. last_img read more

O’Meara ready to seize title chance

first_imgSteve O’Meara is determined to take his chance to become Commonwealth champion this weekend.He faces Liam Smith for the vacant title on the same bill as George Groves’ showdown with Glen Johnson at ExCel London.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, has won his last three fights with early knockouts to put himself in the frame for a title shot.And he believes unbeaten Liverpudlian Smith will feel his power in their light-middleweight clash on Saturday night, which is being screened on Box Nation.“The training’s gone really well, everything’s spot-on, and I just can’t wait for it now,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“Liam Smith’s a good fighter and I do respect him, but I believe I’m going to have too much for him on the night.“People used to say I was a good boxer, if only I could punch. But I’ve added the power now as people have seen in my last few fights.“That means the opponent doesn’t know whether they’ll face someone who’ll box them or who’s going to try to knock them out, as I can do either.“Smith comes forward and I think if he does that against me he’s going to have a problem.”O’Meara, previously the southern area champion, has been in contention for a shot at the British or Commonwealth titles for some time.“I’m just glad it’s on now and I’m looking to get in there and do the job,” he added.“I’ll have good support there and this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for.”West London Sport will have live updates from ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.See also:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’MearaO’Meara aiming for title gloryO’Meara tipped for title glory in 2012Victory moves O’Meara closer to title shotSteve O’Meara v Tony Randell in picturesO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashWatch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fightDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more