Healthcare services in Region Eight to be bolstered

first_imgHealthcare professionals at Paramakatoi in Region Eight are eagerly awaiting the arrival of new Radiology equipment from the Public Health Ministry (MPH), to boost the health services they offer locally.As published in Wednesday’s edition of this newspaper, the MPH has advertised for suitable companies to submit bids for the procurement of radiology equipment.Radiology equipment plays a vital role in hospitals, since it allows for radiologists to use an imaging technique called X-Ray to view the internal form of an object.Besides Paramakatoi, the Diamond Diagnostic Centre in Region Four is also expecting to receive this significant equipment. In the past, persons have been transferred from these locations to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) in order to be administered X-Ray tests. However, the machine at the GPHC has failed just recently, and persons have had to turn to private institutions for the necessary tests to be done. When the hospital was contacted to provide an update on the issue, personnel there were unable to so do.Nevertheless, Public Health Ministry’s Public Relations Officer Terrence Esseboom has noted that the project is indeed a timely one. Noting that the equipment is yet to be sourced, Esseboom said that bidding for the project will be done at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board on June 12.last_img read more

Twins tower over the competition

first_imgKei Ana missed. But she kept trying. If her love for the game runs as deep as the first two generations of Hoods, there is a good chance she’ll become the third generation of females to play basketball, possibly at Glenn. NORWALK – Three-year-old Kei Ana Hood’s eyes lit up at the sight of a basketball inside the gym at Glenn High last Thursday night. The first thing she tried to do was dribble it after the Eagles’ practice let out. Her older sister Brandi, a power forward for Glenn, placed Kei Ana on her strong shoulders to take a couple shots at the hoop while Champign – Brandi’s fraternal twin – their mother La Tanya and grandmother Inez looked on to see if she could make a bucket. “All of my family is into basketball,” Champign said. “I can’t live without basketball. It’s such a part of my life.” In 1989, La Tanya played basketball for the Eagles, the same year she gave birth to Champign and Brandi. In those days, La Tanya was a 5-foot-7 center that helped lead Glenn to the Suburban League title and to the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Little did La Tanya know that Brandi and Champign, born on Oct. 7 1989, would one day grow to be 6-foot-1 and 6-0, respectively, and to become the dominate forces for the Eagles inside the paint. This season, Eagles coach Linda Para has utilized their size and strength to pound their way into a first-place tie with Cerritos in the league. And tonight, Glenn (21-4, 9-2) hosts Cerritos (17-7, 9-2) for the outright league crown. An Eagle victory would give Glenn its first outright crown since the early 1990s. center_img This year, Brandi is averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds while Champign’sis picking up 16 and 10. “When one of them is off offensively, the other one is on,” Para said. “Then, if they are both on the same day, it’s a great day. … You don’t really realize how strong they are until you go up against them. Sometimes they get offensive fouls called on them because referees are blown away by how far these girls can push other players off the block. “They are up there with the boys (in strength) in the weight room,” Para said. “I’ve tried to go against them and I’ve learned my lesson really quickly. They push each other really hard.” Both have drawn considerable interest from Chapman University and local junior colleges. The twins are also competitive in the classroom. Brandi sports a 3.7 GPA while Champign has a 3.1. “We were competitive,” Brandi said. “Champign was really a better basketball player than I was. That kept me playing, trying to get as good she was.” Then, everything changed. Three years ago, Champign had to undergo surgery on both her legs to correct her knock-knees and double joints. As incredible as it sounds, Champign could stand facing forward and point her legs and toes almost totally in the opposite direct. She can twist one leg like that these days. “That’s what messed up everything,” Brandi said. “I became a better player, and it kind of took away the competitive thing between us. But she is back and doing better than ever.” Today, Champign still struggles with knee problems, and it has taken some of her joy out of the game. At one point, she didn’t know if she truly wanted to play in college. “She doesn’t feel as though she is as quick as she once was before surgery,” La Tanya said. “We tell her that she can (improve her speed). She is still capable. I can’t pressure her to play. She is young. She should give it a try. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.” Champign said: “I sat out for like a year or so. My enthusiasm kind of fell after I had surgery. It took me out of basketball. I was into my studies and rehabilitating (my legs), trying to walk again. Those were my main goals. I had to learn how to walk again from scratch, getting those legs going. I wasn’t thinking about doing anything with a basketball yet. I knew I was going back to it soon or later.” La Tanya, a single mother who earned her AA degree in business and who has been a court services assistant III for seven years at the Compton Court House, delivered the twins two months premature. Champign arrived at 12:35 a.m., weighing 4 pounds, 3.5 ounces, and Brandi arrived a minute later, weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces. By the time they were age 9, La Tanya had signed her daughters up to play basketball through the Bellflower YMCA. Champign, who had a natural passion for the game, had to convince Brandi to play, and both have been forces in the paint since middle school. “Kids called Brandi `Shaq’ because she was so powerful,” La Tonya said. “(Today,) players know it’s like bumping into a wall when they go up against them. You bounce right off.” Earl Williams can be reached at or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgDjibril Cisse’s equaliser against Reading took QPR off the bottom of the table. Test your knowledge of the Rangers striker by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-37] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Play Your Part episode nine: synopsis

first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode nine of the Play Your Part television series, here:Lufefe Nomjana, known as the Spinach King, is one of the guests featured on episode nine of Play Your Part, broadcast on 4 November. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter Lufefe Nomjana was a volunteer at a community garden when he spotted a business opportunity. Using the vegetable spinach, he went on to build his company. He tells his story of how he became known as the Spinach King in this week’s Play Your Part.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 4 November 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s more on the other two guests on this week’s episode:Avril SnymanAvril SnymanSnyman and her team talk about the growth of Lebone Village outside Bloemfontein. The village consists of five centres and benefits vulnerable children, youth and their families. Most of the children are affected by HIV and Aids.Matona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the marketing and communications department at The Innovation Hub, Gauteng’s innovation agency. She talks about how The Innovation Hub creates a platform to bring tech entrepreneurs, industry, academics, researchers and venture capitalists together.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Swine flu alert in Jaipur after doctor’s death

first_imgAfter the death of a retired government doctor due to swine flu here, the Rajasthan government’s Medical and Health Department has geared up to check the spread of the disease and issued alert in the State capital.Flu-like symptomsAll government dispensaries, satellite hospitals and other government health centres were asked to pay special attention to patients with swine flu-like symptoms. V.D. Bohra, who retired from Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here, had visited Hyderabad and some other cities in the southern States, where he felt unwell. His condition deteriorated when he came back to Jaipur last week.Dr. Bohra was admitted to a private hospital, which sent his swab samples to Ahmedabad for swine flu test. After he tested positive, he suffered multiple organ failure and was declared dead on Wednesday.Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf has instructed doctors and para-medical staff to remain alert to the symptoms of swine flu among the patients of cough, cold, catarrh and high fever and immediately start their treatment.According to the official sources, the Minister asked the Chief Medical and Health Officers in all districts to ensure collection of samples, availability of medicines, referral to specialists and prompt services of intensive care units and isolation wardslast_img read more