In an effort to attain 100 percent yellow fever vaccination coverage in Guyana for 2018, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Shamdeo Persaud proposed a joint effort between the government and Brazil, similar to the initiative between Guyana and Suriname.This was disclosed by Dr Persaud, on Friday, during a visit by Brazil’s Minister of Health Dr Ricardo Jose Managaines Barros and his team, to Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudAccording to Dr Persaud, Guyana was able to achieve 98 per cent vaccination coverage for 2017, one of the highest reports for yellow fever. He emphasised the need to strengthen the relationship between the countries in order to ensure that the quality and standards are maintained.“… An important issue for us, is the movement of people regardless if it is Venezuela, Guyana or some other (part) of our border sharing countries. I think these concerns are great for health because people do not only move with their money, they move with their illnesses, their infection, animals and even their food so we have to look at that”, the CMO explained.According to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) website, the yellow fever vaccine, once administered, is valid for life. However, these vaccines will be mandatory only for travellers moving between Guyana and neighbouring Brazil, and for children that are less than one year old. However, it was advised the general public should also be immunised.It was highlighted that both countries have directed their efforts in strengthening and promoting immunization. The PAHO/WHO had published a list of countries, including Guyana, which requires visitors to show proof of immunisation before entry is granted.Additionally, Dr Persaud addressed the issue of building Guyana’s capacity to provide serum for snake venom. He mentioned the difficulties faced when treating patients suffering from snake bites by common predators such as the Bushmaster, Rattlesnake and Libra. The serum for these three is produced in Brazil. The CMO said the government would like to see more development on the sharing of information regarding the manufacture of serum.
That has been disputed by environmentalists who say there is no guarantee the project would do either because the gas could also be sold to other states. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has veto power over the project, but cannot overturn the commission’s decision about the pipeline lease. He has not made a decision on what he’d do should the project move forward. “It would be inappropriate for me to take a position on any application before the review process is complete, but I do believe that liquefied natural gas should be a part of California’s energy portfolio,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement Monday. Opponents have argued the terminal would not meet clean air requirements and could be a terrorist target. A host of celebrities who live in Malibu, including Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, have protested the proposal. Commission Chairman John Garamendi, who is also the lieutenant governor, said he voted against awarding the lease permit because “serious questions remain about the project’s safety and its potential impact on the environment.” “In today’s world there are many compelling reasons to support the acquisition of numerous and plentiful energy sources for California. … However, no project should be built at the expense of our environment and our quality of life, and no project that is vague on critical safety issues should be approved,” Garamendi said in a statement. The 30-year lease considered by the three-member State Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build, operate, use and maintain the pipelines. The plan called for subsea lines, which would be laid about 100 feet apart, to be about 23 miles long but only cross about 4 miles of California land before reaching Ormond Beach in Ventura County. Without the subsea pipelines, the terminal would essentially be inoperable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re ecstatic,” said Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network, which provided the shirts and helped organize the opponents. “This effectively kills it.” Patrick Cassidy, a BHP spokesman said the company was disappointed, “but we remain committed to the process.” He said he didn’t know BHP’s next move, including whether the company would file any legal action. “We’ll have to consider what the options would be.” Under the project, chilled gas brought overseas by tanker would be heated, then piped ashore through two 24-inch diameter lines. From there, Southern California Gas Co. would pump it out to consumers. In all, the facility would process about 800 million cubic feet of natural gas every day. BHP officials have said the terminal would supply an amount equal to 10 percent to 15 percent of California’s daily consumption, bringing more reliability to the state’s energy sources and could ultimately lower prices. OXNARD – The State Lands Commission decided late Monday not to award a lease essential to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal off the Southern California coast, citing environmental concerns. In the 2-1 vote, commissioners complicated efforts by Australia’s BHP Billiton LNG International Inc. to build an $800 million terminal in the ocean northwest of Los Angeles, about 14 miles off Malibu and about 20 miles off Oxnard. BHP officials have said the facility would provide a reliable source of low-polluting energy. “I … don’t believe this project is going to be in the best interests of the state or its residents,” said Commissioner John Chiang, who is also the state controller. The decision was met with loud cheers by the estimated 900 people who packed the auditorium for Monday’s commission hearing. Many were opponents who wore blue shirts emblazoned with the words “Terminate the Terminal.”