Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, urged the community leaders of Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) to take their responsibility to their communities and fellow residents seriously as he noted that they have a duty to work with every community member to improve their quality of life.The State Minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the Community Leaders Leadership Forum on Sunday evening, at the Belladrum Secondary School.Minister Harmon said that community leaders and community development organisations play an important role in the consolidation of local democracy and governance through the local government administration, as well as fuelling the momentum towards development. Noting that the theme, ‘Working together for the upliftment of the community’ is most appropriate, he said that the community leaders must understand, appreciate and be committed to resolving the issues that the communities face.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon chats with members of the community“We, as Government, recognise that we cannot foster true development in communities across Guyana by the mere infusion of resources from the top but rather with the full and effective involvement of community based organisations that are mandated to undertake community initiatives for the benefit of all residents of the community, which makes them the best conduit through which information, resources and development activities can be channelled from the Government to the community. Simply put, community development organisations are the best channels for effective administration and communication between the Government, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and the people,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Noting that Guyana has a rich history of people centred, people focused, and people driven community initiatives, Minister Harmon said that over the years, numerous self-help groups, cooperatives and community based groups have emerged as change agents within communities. These institutions have made and continue to make immeasurable contributions to the development of communities across Guyana, but Minister Harmon said that a more collective and cooperative effort is needed to address issues in the community.“I hope you will decide on a way to create greater synergy with central Government, RDC and the NDC in the area of policy, programmatic interventions and other activities that the community would like. I would also like this forum to reinforce the unquestionable virtue of collaboration for the use of limited resources to develop the community and to create the environment for a strong, effective, self-sustainable community through collective endeavours. It is important that at the end of this forum, you as community-based organisers should no longer see yourself as a mere community activist but rather, as developmental partners working in collaboration with all levels of Government to ensure the good life for all particularly the members of your community,” he said.Chairman of the NDC, Emile Wilson in an invited comment, said that community members are pleased with the progress that has been made in several of the villages since this administration took office. He noted that the cooperation and support that have been given to the communities in the Region by the administration must be commended and applauded.After the opening ceremony, residents were given the opportunity to raise their concerns with the minister, many of which were addressed on the ground.
A staff member at Letterkenny General Hospital has been suspended following allegations that a child was physically assaulted.A full investigation has been launched at Letterkenny General Hospital.The alleged incident, which happened in recent days, has sparked a full investigation at the hospital.Health bosses have confirmed to Donegal Daily that an incident is being investigated but are refusing to divulge specific details of the incident. However it is understood a medic has been suspended after it was alleged that she struck a four year old child.It is understood the incident was witnessed by one of the child’s parents.The matter was then reported to hospital management who took immediate action against the medic.A spokesman for the hospital (part of the West/North Hospitals Group) confirmed it is investigating a “trust in care” incident. “Letterkenny General Hospital (part of the West/North West Hospitals Group) is investigating a “Trust in care” incident concerning a child who was attending the hospital, accompanied by its parent.“Letterkenny General Hospital is guided by two policies when dealing with such incidents.“The “Children First” policy states that the key principles informing best practice are that the welfare of children is of paramount importance and that all personnel and health professionals, irrespective of the position held within the organisation, have a responsibility towards child protection and welfare.”The spokesman said the “Trust in Care” policy aims to ensure any allegations or complaints against a member of staff are thoroughly investigated.This policy states that, “at an appropriate stage in the process, management should take whatever protective measures are necessary to ensure that no patient/client or staff member is exposed to unacceptable risk. “These protective measures are not disciplinary measures and may include putting the staff member off duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.”The spokesman added that in the interests of fairness and to ensure due process, the nature of any investigation is not discussed with third parties not associated with the alleged incident.A statement from the West/North West Hospitals Group said the matter may be referred to Gardai if appropriate.“When the results of the investigation are known, appropriate action is taken, up to and including disciplinary action and, where appropriate, the reporting of the incident to external authorities.” HOSPITAL WORKER SUSPENDED AFTER CHILD ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:assaultinvestigationLetterkenny General Hospital