THE MURDER RATE IN GUYANA UNDER THE JAGDEO ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN THE HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY'S HISTORY--PRESS STATEMENT Friday 12 November 2010




SUMMARY:
• Mr. Winston Murray, CCH, MP, was last evening, Thursday 11 November, 2010, hospitalised shortly after the conclusion of a Sitting of the National Assembly of the Parliament;
• Dr. Rawle Egbert Griffith Farley, passed away last Saturday, 6 November 2010, at the Rochester General Hospital, in Rochester, New York after a period of illness;
• The People’s National Congress Reform joins with actively interested and involved Guyanese organizations and the International Community in the observance of World Diabetes Day;
• The PNCR demands urgent action by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Clement Rohee, and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Greene, to reduce the unacceptably high rate of murders;
• Registration is your right and duty! REGISTER NOW and uplift your ID Card NOW!

MR. WINSTON MURRAY HOSPITALISED: CRITICAL BUT STABLE

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) wishes to advise its supporters and the public that long standing member and PNCR Shadow Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Winston Murray, CCH, MP, was last evening, Thursday 11th November, 2010, hospitalised shortly after the conclusion of a Sitting of the National Assembly of the Parliament of Guyana.

Mr. Murray was rushed to the Balwant Singh Hospital for emergency treatment, but was later moved to the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Hospital, where he has been under the care of neurosurgeons and other specialists. He remains in a state of unconsciousness while the medical personnel have been trying to stabilise his condition to facilitate necessary surgical intervention. Doctors have described his present condition as critical but stable.

The PNCR, medical personnel and the Government are making every effort to ensure that he receives the best possible medical care at this time.

The PNCR and its members pray that Mr. Murray will have a speedy recovery. The Party will keep its members and the public regularly updated on his condition.

MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE FOR THE PASSING OF PROFESSOR DR. RAWLE FARLEY

The Leader, executives and members of the People’s National Congress Reform express our heartfelt condolences to the wife, Dr. Ena Farley, four sons: Anthony, Felipe, Christopher, and Jonathan, six grandchildren: Obadiah, Elisha, Sarah, Dylan, Astrid and Emma, surviving brothers, sister and friends of the 88 year old son of Guyana, Dr. Rawle Egbert Griffith Farley, who passed away last Saturday, 6 November 2010, at the Rochester General Hospital, in Rochester, New York after a period of illness.

Dr. Rawle Farley was born and grew up in the Corentyne village of Courtland, East Berbice, Guyana. He undertook his University studies in the United Kingdom and received his Doctorate from the University of London. Dr. Farley went on to achieve international recognition and distinction as a Professor of Economics and the author of several seminal works. He was also recognised as an avid and accomplished chess player.

He was appointed Professor of Economics, in 1966, by the State University of New York (SUNY), College at Brockport and was the founder and first chairperson of the Department of Economics. Dr Farley was named Professor Emeritus by that institution in 1995.

Dr. Rawle Farley was one of those concerned Guyanese citizens living abroad during the turbulent pre-independence period, 1957-1963, who came home to assist Mr. Forbes Burnham and the PNC in articulating a philosophical position which attracted sections of the middle class to give support to the PNC at that time.

May his soul rest in peace!

MESSAGE FROM THE PNCR ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD DIABETES DAY

The People’s National Congress Reform joins with actively interested and involved Guyanese organizations and the International Community in the observance of Sunday 14th November 2010 as the day, designated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) as World Diabetes Day, under the 2009-2013 theme, Diabetes Education and Prevention.

The PNCR recognizes that diabetes currently affects more than 300 million people worldwide and notes that the number of persons living with diabetes in Guyana has doubled in the last six years. Additionally, 350 million people are at high risk of developing diabetes.

According to an article in the Chronicle Newspaper, dated Sunday 23rd October 2010, under the caption, “Diabetes - The Silent Killer”, there has been an increase from “approximately 30,000 in 2004, to a worrying 60,000 in 2010, triggering concerns in many quarters, particularly in the light that the local prevalence rate of 6%, stands proportionately on par with the global prevalence rate of 6.4 %.”

The International Diabetes Federation predicts that by 2030, close to half a billion people will live with diabetes worldwide. Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, has acknowledged that people in Guyana continue to die from preventable Chronic Non-Communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. It is against this backdrop that the PNCR believes that this is the time for the Administration to devote adequate resources and facilities, including the intensification of programmes for educating the public about diabetes, to control the spread of diabetes in Guyana.

The PNCR recalls that, in March of 2008, the Ministry of Health had launched its “Sponsor A Child Drive” for children living with diabetes. According to that Ministry, the programme assisted children and adolescents to respond to the dire circumstances confronting those who are living with diabetes. Each child was supposedly provided with one glucometer or sugar testing machine and a year’s supply of strips for the instrument. How effective was that programme? Are there reliable records for all diabetic patients being treated by the Ministry of Health? Are there adequate public education programmes to educate and encourage citizens suffering from diabetes to come forward and receive medical attention? Are there enough properly trained doctors and nurses to treat the existing and expected increase in the number of diabetic patients?

The PNCR is aware that, in July 2008, a Diabetic Foot Care Centre was established. It was reported that the project has resulted in a significant reduction in diabetic amputations at the Georgetown Public Hospital. This is indeed a positive development and should be built on.

On World Diabetes Day 2010, therefore, the PNCR reminds the Government to carefully recognize the implications of the 2009-2013 international theme, Diabetes Education and Prevention, and call on the Administration and the Ministry of Health to publicly demonstrate their commitment for the implementation of programmes that would result in the control and reduction of the growth of diabetes in Guyana.

THE MURDER RATE IN GUYANA UNDER THE JAGDEO ADMINISTRATION

Throughout the 11-year tenure of office of President Bharrat Jagdeo, from 1999 to 2010, the average rate of murders has been the highest in the country’s history. The rate for 2010, so far, indicates a continuation of that bloody record.

According to the Head of the Criminal Investigation Department, of the Guyana Police Force, Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Seelall Persaud, as at 31st October (the 304th day of the year 2010), the Force has recorded 116 murders. This number represented a rate of one death every two-and-a-half days. With 61 days remaining between 1st November and 31st December 2010, it is likely that, given the record of the PPP/C Administration, there will be about 24 more murders by the end of 2010. This would give Guyana a total of 140 murders per annum, about the same rates as in 2002 and 2005, at the height of the Phantom Squad killings and the Extra Judicial executions by the Guyana Police Force.

The reasons why the Police Force is incapable of detecting and solving so many murders are not difficult to discern. Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Greene, has complained repeatedly that the Police Force is 20 per cent under strength and there are not sufficient constables to conduct anti-crime patrols, man far flung Police stations and respond to crimes. Greene also admitted that the single greatest number of murders occurred in the hinterland, yet it is this very Division that has the least number of policemen and equipment and the largest number of stations. Yet, the PPP/C Administration refuses to bring the Guyana Police Force up to the required strength.

Crime Chief, Mr. Seelall Persaud, has lamented the length of time his detectives have to be away from their regular duties to attend court and also the huge backlog of cases still before the court.

The reason for the failure to bring the murder rate under control is due to the reality that, neither the Minister of Home Affairs nor the Commissioner of Police has a comprehensive strategy to reduce the dozen murders occurring every month, either in the hinterland or in the rural and urban communities and the narcotics underworld.

The People’s National Congress Reform is of the view that the Administration should immediately adopt the recommendations of the Disciplined Forces Commission and implement a sensible Security Sector Reform Plan to deal with the Police Force’s personnel problems. Only in this way will a start be made to deterring criminals, detecting crime and diminishing the current murder rate.

The Party reminds the Jagdeo Administration that it is the responsibility of the Government of Guyana to maintain public safety and protect the lives and property of all Guyanese citizens. Therefore, the PNCR demands urgent action by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Clement Rohee, and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Greene, to reduce the unacceptably high rate of murders.

PNCR AGAIN URGES ALL GUYANESE TO BE REGISTERED

The Continuous Registration programme, being undertaken by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), commenced on 6th September 2010 and is expected to conclude on 31 December 2010.

Persons wishing to register are reminded that they would require an original Birth Certificate as the major source document for registration.

The PNCR urges all Guyanese, especially the unregistered young people of fourteen (14) years and above, to take advantage of this opportunity to become registered. If you were unable to register during the House-to-House Registration programme, you should visit the GECOM Office in your District with your source documents to ensure that you are registered on this occasion.

There are still many persons who were registered, during the House-to-House Registration programme, and have not yet collected their new National ID Cards. The Party urges you to do so without undue delay.

We know that many persons have complained that the photograph appearing on their new ID Card is unsatisfactory or that there are errors, such as the incorrect spelling of names or other defects. The PNCR advises those persons that GECOM has undertaken to replace unsatisfactory photographs and to correct other defects. Therefore, those persons are advised to take their new ID Card to the nearest GECOM Office and have them correct the defects on the new ID Card.

Registration is your right and duty!


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday 12 November 2010

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