Water levels in Kwakwani fluctuating – CDC

first_imgEven as residents are desperately praying to see soil again, reports are that the water levels in the community of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) have been fluctuating, causing some persons to lose hope.This is according to the acting Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, who told Guyana Times that the water level had seemingly begun to recede, but he has received reports of the water level returning to its initial height of approximately nine feet.He explained that the abundant rainfall the community has been experiencing isAn aerial view of the extent of the flood in Kwakwani, Upper Berbice Riverlikely responsible for this phenomenon, and another batch of food supplies has been sent to the community, which is very much in need of same.Colonel Craig said food supplies have been distributed to the villagers by volunteers who can traverse the village only by boat.Several food hampers supplied by the CDC were distributed on Wednesday, for the first time since severe flooding besieged the community.Over 300 households remain affected by the disastrous situation, and although the residents have adopted adaptive measures, most homes are completely flooded, and occupants have been forced to move to higher ground.On Sunday morning, some residents also received utensils, medical supplies, and supplies of cleaning agents from the CDC. These include soap powder, bleach, soap, long boots and other cleaning agents.Region 10 Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, a resident of Kwakwani, has expressed the residents’ appreciation for the CDC’s effort in promptly responding to their call for help.“I am pleased they were very prompt. I am very pleased that they have come on board to assess the situation and to also provide help, just two days after,” Adolph said.Adolph said one of the challenges facing the residents in the present situation is transportation. He said high fees are being charged, especially by canoe operators plying the flooded routes, to transport residents who live on the outskirts of Kwakwani into the central location for shopping and other business-related purposes.Regional Vice Chairman Adolph is calling on the relevant officials to consider raising the level of the main access road, so that when flooding occurs in the future, transportation would not be affected.Residents have even made a call for the Government to consider commencing irrigation works in the area as soon as the water recedes, to prevent the situation from recurring.Flooding in Kwakwani commenced in April and intensified over the months because of heavy rainfall coupled with overtopping of the Berbice River. Persons living on Lamp Island and the Waterfront are the most severely affected.The water rose to as high as eight feet in some areas, but reportedly is receding slowly. Residents are currently forced to utilise boats as their main mode of transportation, since the roads are inundated.last_img read more

Guyana gets $1.6B to tackle maternal, infant mortality

first_img– to benefit over 140,000 women, 9000 newborns annuallyWith Guyana currently experiencing one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced Thursday that it has approved a $1.6 billion loan to fund a programme to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in the country.The Bank in a statement said that the programme, which seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities across Guyana, will benefit some 140,000 women and 9000 babies annually.The project will draw from the IDB’s experiences with the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and incorporates lessons learnt from evidence-based biomedical and operational interventionsIt pointed out that despite progress achieved during the last decade, Guyana’s maternal and infant mortality rates remain among the highest in the Region, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1000 live births and an infant mortality rate of 22 per 1000 live births.“Given that about 93 per cent of deaths in children less than one year of age occurred in the neonatal period, the programme will support and improve maternal and child healthcare with a focus on improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to and quality of reproductive and maternal health services.,” the regional institution said.The IDB said that the operation draws from the IDB’s experiences with the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and incorporates lessons learnt from evidence-based biomedical and operational interventions. It will closely monitor results to ensure that those interventions can contribute to the success of the programme.The total cost of the project is $1.6 billion (US$8 million), of which $800 million will come from the IDB’s ordinary capital resources and $800 million from the Fund for Special Operations (FSO) of the Bank.The loan from the Bank’s ordinary capital has a six-year grace period and a 30-year term, while the FSO funding has a term of 40 years with a 40-year grace period and a fixed annual rate of 0.25 per cent.The IDB is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.The Bank also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to Public and Private Sector clients throughout the Region.last_img read more