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


first_imgMANAGERS at Letterkenny General Hospital spent an astonishing €344,000 on filling just one medic’s position there, shocking new figures reveal.An investigation by RTE’s Prime Time programme on unfilled senior positions at hospital across the country found that millions of euro are instead spent hiring locums – or freelance – staff from agencies.And instead of filling the Accident & Emergency Consultant Post, Letterkenny Hospital spent €344,000 on locums in 2012, reporter Katie Hannon discovered during a Freedom of Information request. “The post has actually been covered by agency doctors since 2008,” said Hannon in  her investigation aired on Monday night.The spend is more than twice what it would have cost to hire a consultant to fill the position.She also found dozens of unfilled positions at senior consultancy levels across the country.In some cases, no-one even applied for the positions as more and more medics choose to leave Ireland behind for better working conditions in health services abroad. Experts said that locums constantly filling posts led to “poor care outcomes.”Irish Hospital Consultants Association representative Dr Gerard Crotty said the salaries and working conditions were not attracting candidates.“If we can’t recruit consultants we end up using locums at extremely high cost, representing poor value for money,” he said. REVEALED: SCANDAL OF THE €344,000 SPENT AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL – ON JUST ONE JOB! was last modified: January 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Consultantsletterkenny hospitalprime timeRTElast_img read more