In an effort to rectify the current issues plaguing the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC), on the East BankDemerara, plans are afoot to relocate the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the facility.The administrators of DDC on Friday during discussions with Public Health Minister Dr George Norton and Minister Dr Karen Cummings, made a proposal to have the ICU moved.According to the administrators, there is currently another location aback the hospital to treat tuberculosis (TB) patients and that is the area they propose be used to house the ICU.Medical Superintendent of DDC Micheal Pereira, explained that the hospital currently has qualified medical professionals to operate in that capacity when the ICU is relocated.He noted that more staff will be needed to function at the unit if the move is to be made, but added that the move will greatly benefit those seeking medical attention at the institution.Pereira further explained that there are sufficient beds and medical equipment available if the proposal is approved.According to the administrators, the space is much bigger and will be able to house more patients which will in turn take the load off Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).When asked where the tuberculosis unit will be transferred to, it was proposed that it be transferred to where the ICU is currently located.This they said, is due to the fact that the hospital treats a limited number of patients with the disease on a daily basis.Listening to the proposal, Minister Norton said it made sense and after further discussions expressed willingness to have the proposal see reality.However, a specific date has not been set for the relocation to be carried out.
One week after the body of a man was discovered floating in the Pomeroon River, it has been identified as that of Orlando Naughton of Charity Squatting Area, Pomeroon. According to information received, Keith Naughton, father of the now dead man, visited the Charity Police Station, and informed the ranks that the body that was retrieved from the river was suspected to be that of his 26-year-old son. As such, the devastated father was taken to the mortuary where he positively identified the body.Guyana Times understands that the deceased man was an alcoholic who worked as a labourer at the Charity Waterfront.The grieving father revealed that his son lived alone at Charity and he was last seen alive two Fridays ago.Reports revealed that the body was seen floating face down next to a boat last Monday by a farmer in the vicinity of Grant Stelling, Hope, Lower Pomeroon.As such, residents were alerted and the Police were summoned. The body was then recovered from the water and taken to the Suddie Mortuary, where a post-mortem examination was scheduled to be performed. There was no identification attached to the body at the time it was found.It was revealed that there were no marks of violence to determine whether foul play was involved in the death of Naughton.