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Linden professionals benefit from TB/HIV Peer Education training

first_imgProfessionals from across the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community last week benefitted from a TB/HIV (Tuberculosis/Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Peer Education training organised through the Public Health Ministry under the National Tuberculosis programme initiative.The activity, which was conducted at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), targeted professionals such as Head Teachers, religious leaders, law enforcement officers and media personnel, among others.According to officials attached to the initiative, it aims at enhancing public education on TB and HIV through participation in outreach activities and dissemination of information to various sections of society.The programme forms part of the Public Health Ministry’s 2019 budgeted training plan.Administrative Manager attached to the TB/HIV Department of the Ministry’s Disease Control National TB programme, Rhonda Cripaul said it mainly sought to sensitise participants so that they can go back into society and spread the message about what was learnt.“The purpose of the Peer Education training is to sensitise the community about tuberculosis – what it is, what are the classic signs and symptoms, the mode of transmission, the medication. We also do drug-resistant TB, we touched on adherence because adherence is a very big component of taking the treatment. We’re also touching on infection control too which is really important – it helps persons to know, ‘well look this is how I can protect myself and my family’. So, you can contain the spread of the disease,” she highlighted.Cripaul, who was one of the facilitators, in her presentation, narrowed in on peer education and communication which she explained was aimed at empowering participants on important aspects such as verbal communication skills and how they can educate people in the community about the disease. It also entailed a case study as well as focus on stigma and discrimination.“It’s really just getting the message out there, educating persons so they’re able to take the message further – back to their homes, workplaces and back to their community,” Cripaul said.She further alluded to the outstanding work put out by the Linden Chest Clinic which manages TB and HIV cases in the region.“Linden has been doing very good work in terms of their cure rate. You have a very dedicated team located at the Wismar Hospital Chest Clinic headed by Dr Roscoe McDonald. They work closely with the community in containing the spread of TB and with the patients in ensuring that they see them through to the end of the treatment. They have the highest cure rate for last year which is excellent,” Cripaul said.TB/HIV focal person and department head, Dr Rhonda Williams was also part of the initiative.The National Tuberculosis programme is headed by Dr Jeetendra Mohanlall, who serves as Programme Manager. The initiative was hosted in Region 5 last year and in Region 4 in 2017.Some of the participants at the workshoplast_img read more

Ferndale overcomes rain and wind to claim 35-0 win over Hoopa Valley

first_imgFERNDALE >> Simply due to both the weather and sloppy field conditions, Ferndale head coach Kim Jorgensen figured his game plan would be centered around the run.Even with wind gusts that gave the flag poles at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field a run for their money, the Wildcats found a few chances to get the ball into the air, too.Senior quarterback Nathan Hansen threw three touchdown passes and junior running back Wyatt Coppini rushed for 162 yards and a pair of scores, as the Ferndale football …last_img

Warriors’ Kevin Durant appears at peace and contrite over recent controversies

first_imgOAKLAND – For one of the few times over the past week, Kevin Durant seemed to be at peace.Durant said he does not harbor the same anger he had after last week’s blowup with Draymond Green. He apologized directly to this reporter for snapping at a question about his relationship with Green after he unleashed a string of vulgarities and addressed his pending free agency next summer. He understands why the NBA was compelled to fine him $25,000 for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan” …last_img

Play Your Part episode 13: get involved

first_imgEpisode 13 of Play Your Part features Maimane Alfred Phiri, Kass Naidoo and Pamela K Bess. Here’s how you can get involved with them and their initiatives.Maimane Alfred Phiri represented South Africa at the football World Cup in France in 1998. The former football star is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBorn and bred in Alexandra in Johannesburg, Maimane Phiri started a social responsibility project in 2001 to involve youngsters in sports such as football.The former football star is one of the guests featured on episode 13 of the Play Your Part TV series, which airs on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at 18:00 on SABC2.Here’s how you can get involved with Phiri’s initiative, as well as with the other guests on this week’s episode:Maimane PhiriPhiri is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games, or MAP Games, as well as the Maimane Alex Development Foundation which hosts the games, an annual winter football tournament. For Women’s Month, the foundation also focused on other sport codes such as netball, athletics and basketball.Contact detailsWebsite: mapgames.co.zaTwitter: @MAP_gamesalexKass NaidooNaidoo publishes news of women in sport and in South Africa. Her online initiative, gsport4girls, celebrates women in sport by hosting an annual awards.Contact detailsWebsite: kassnaidoo.co.za and gsport.co.zaTwitter: @KassNaidoo and @gsport4girlsPamela K BessSocial entrepreneur Bess has a passion for media development and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Abesu Media and Communications, DoTV Africa and Positive Vibez NPC. Through these initiatives she provides training and development opportunities that promote entrepreneurship.Contact detailsWebsite: dotvafrica.co.za and FacebookTwitter: @PamelaKBess and @DoTVAfricaPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.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