Liverpool and Manchester United monitoring Bukayo Saka’s contract talks with Arsenal

first_img Coral BarryWednesday 12 Feb 2020 5:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment Saka is now a regular in Arsenal’s senior squad (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery was the original coach to promote Saka to the first-team squad and Arteta is expected to give the youngster even more game time in the final half of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementSaka has played at left-back for Arsenal this season due to injuries to Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, but is naturally a left-sided attacker.Arteta has already singled out Saka for praise since taking charge at Arsenal and the player has been impressed with his new coach.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Mikel’s trying to bring back the philosophy, the Arsenal passing way,’ Saka said.‘Arteta said it would be better to score using fewer. If we can score in two passes, it’s better.‘We don’t need that many but obviously we need to move the ball and find the right spaces to attack and they’ve done it really well. I think the two goals were really nice.’MORE: Arsenal set date for Matteo Guendouzi contract talks to secure midfielder’s futureMORE: Maurizio Sarri makes Aaron Ramsey admission amid speculation Juve are willing to sell former Arsenal star Advertisement Advertisement Saka is improving quickly at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are fearful Manchester United or Liverpool will make a move to poach Bukayo Saka, reports say.Saka, 18, is a rising star in Mikel Arteta’s squad, but has entered the final 18 months of his current deal.The Daily Mail claim United and Liverpool are monitoring Saka and his ongoing contract talks with Arsenal.As a result, Arsenal will try and tie Saka down to a new long-term deal as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENTSaka is on a £3000-a-week contract and could be in line for a healthy wage boost in a new deal.Bayern Munich are also tracking Saka, who has made 15 appearances in the Premier League this season. Liverpool and Manchester United monitoring Bukayo Saka’s contract talks with Arsenallast_img read more

2019 NPFL: A Redemption Season for Last Year’s Strugglers

first_imgSome teams struggled from the outset last term and never shrugged off the poor run but without any team relegated at the end of last season, the 2019 NPFL season provides them with a chance to prove their doubters wrong.Sunshine Stars, Kwara United, Heartland and Go Round FC were facing the guillotine last time out but now have a chance to aim for the kleig lights.Kwara United was on the up when Abubakar Bala joined them and he is set to continue with them and that direction this term.The Ilorin side has also fortified their squad with experienced players to complement the youngsters in the squad.Wilfred Ammeh, Kenneth Okoli, Yusuf Mohammed, Sunday Emmanuel and Andrew Ikefe have joined Bala in Ilorin. It looks like Kwara are primed and ready for a new challenge.Sunshine Stars will he handled by Kabiru Dogo who left Lafia side Nasawara United after five years for a fresh challenge in Akure. Dogo is on a mission to pull out Sunshine from the doldrums. A steep adventure considering how their season panned out last termHe will have giant centre-back Seun Sogbeso in his cove and will look to plug the holes a defence that shipped in 27 goals, three less than Yobe who conceded the most last season.Dogo will have to weave some magic to get Sunshine back in the groove again.It will be a huge task for him as same can be said for Heartland Football Club of Owerri.With only 20 points from 24 games, Heartland was firmly rooted at the basement of the league. A measly return of 15 goals scored was heavily negated by the 27 they conceded and the signs don’t look good for theOwerri side coming into the new season.Chinedu Efugh will once again be the man to help sheet the Heartland ship to safety. The midfielder has seen it all in Owerri and is relishing the chance to prove doubters wrong.Sunshine Stars were docked points last season due to their inability to meet up with contractual agreements with their players.This term will be different.They are starting on a clean slate and that should be motivation enough for veteran defender Nojeem Raji who told that football fans across Nigeria will see a new Sunshine Stars.” We’ve put last season behind us, we are eager to start on a clean slate’ he revealed.‘What has happened last season has happened, we’ve put that behind us and with a new coach, things can only get better.‘Sunshine will fight for every available point this season. We are ready to go.” Raji added.Fidelis Illechukwu has a tough task at MFM this season and he will do well to pull the chestnut out of the fire.The team, who finished 11th last season lost a plethora of players to other teams and are in a race against time to find adequate replacements.Effervescent midfielder Chukwuka Onuwa has moved to Enyimba, star striker Sikiru Olatubosun has moved up North to team with 2017 champions Plateau United, Bashiru Monsuru to Lobi.Exciting youngster Waheed Adebayo is with Rivers United to leave behind a depleted MFM side. Illechukwu has a tough task at hand and maybe, just maybe, this might be a blessing in disguise for the coach who is well known for combing the grassroots for new talent.Maybe 2019 might be that season for him to unearth a new wave of fresh and exciting rookies like he did three years ago.FC IfeanyiUbah has had a Jekyll and Hyde type spectrum in the last three years. They’ve blown hot and cold and then cold again.They finished 17th last season with 28 points from 24 games, scoring 23 goals with conceding 26, a far cry from their usual lofty heights.They’ve also lost a couple of players and they haven’t exactly been active in the transfer market.FCIU lost their star striker Joshua Obaje to Plateau United while goalkeeper Kenneth Okoli has switched allegiance to Kwara United.These aren’t the best of times for the Nnewi side and they will have to dig deep to do better than they did last season.Rivers United finished in mid-table last season (9th position) with 34 points and it doesn’t look like they will go any better this season.The Port-Harcourt side will once again be tutored by Stanley Eguma who is into his 11th season with the team.They’ve retained the bulk of the team that defended their colours last season but will have to do without two of their star players.Exciting winger Bernard Ovoke has joined Plateau United while CHAN 2018 star Emeka Atuloma has joined neighbours Akwa United.The 2019 season will definitely be a very interesting one because of the new dynamics.Two groups of twelve battling it out will definitely serve up some very interesting games and for those teams who struggled last season, this might be a great opportunity to appease their fans and stake a claim for the league diadem.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Andy RandaThe 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season will commence this weekend with teams keen to lay a claim to the title.For everything that went down after the league ended at Match Day 24, a lot will look to build on the success of last season, while for others, it is an opportunity to sing songs of redemption.last_img read more

Bubble Dribble: What I Can’t Wait For Outside of NBA Quarantine

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE GREAT OUTDOORSI’ve seen Montrezl Harrell and Paul George showing off the fish they’ve caught. I’ve seen Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee playing outdoor giant-sized Connect Four. I’ve seen players on boats and on golf courses, and shotgunning beers on the Disney lawn.I thought about that a lot on Thursday night as, for the second time this week, I went for a ‘run’ in my room. The longest stretch of floor space is about 30 feet across — that’s about eight jogging strides, or six sprinting strides. I could only stand about 20 minutes of going back and forth between my window and my bathroom mirror.Throughout the whole experience, I imagined myself as a ping pong ball bouncing side to side — which incidentally is another activity NBA players and coaches can pursue outside of quarantine.When I arrived a week ago, the thick, sweaty humidity felt anything but inviting. I had gotten used to cool breezes in the coastal hikes of Malibu during the hiatus within a short drive of where I live in Los Angeles. But at this point, I’m willing to settle for any air that isn’t indoors. On the NBA campus, outdoor activity is encouraged (when you’re not under quarantine) because coronavirus spreads less readily than it does in small indoor spaces.The Coronado Springs Resort where I’m staying has a lake with a walking trail just under a mile in length that I hear is well-trafficked. For the last five minutes of my step, step, turn, repeat routine, I thought of how warm the sun would feel on that route and how the rush of air would brush my face during a run outdoors. That’s assuming, of course, that my first act of liberation isn’t immediately leaping into the pool.SCHEDULE CONTROLI’m naturally a night owl, and a career as a sports journalist has only slid me further down that scale. The first few days of quarantine, I jumped up like a shot to get breakfast, but as the week went on, I found myself trying to grasp a few more winks while allowing my breakfast to cool in a bag outside.Disney catering has taken great pains to deliver meals to us in quarantine as safely as possible, and part of that is the schedule. Breakfast is served sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.. Lunch is served between noon and 1 p.m. Dinner is served a little after 6 p.m. Employees wearing a lot of protective gear drop off food in bags, knock and then depart straightaway before opening the door.These are undoubtedly normal times to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. But these windows are somewhat urgent since I have limited refrigerator space and no microwave. I’ve let breakfast or dinner sit for hours while I work, sleep or exercise. Zoom calls with teams can be scheduled in these hours. I frequently make the mental tradeoff of allowing meals to go cold so I can finish whatever I’m working on.COVID-19 testing also takes place in a window. On our first two nights was after 10 p.m., which is a long time to wait for the most important part of your day. The NBA found a way to move this up to between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., which helped. But I find myself tapping my toes and looking out my window around 3:30, unwilling to start new tasks and anxious to get my mouth and nose swabs done. Once I’m out of quarantine, I’ll be able to schedule testing windows like others on campus.This is not to say the bubble has tremendous scheduling freedom. Teams are feeling some of that especially when it comes to practice times, which vary wildly. There’s seven practice locations for 22 teams, and each venue has to be cleaned vigorously. This leads to some practices being scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and some ending at 10 p.m. with little apparent pattern. Seeding games will have smaller windows but a similar feel, with games being played all day.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of this: “If somebody had a 10 a.m. slot or noon slot every single day, that’d be an advantage. Ultimately, we’re all all over the place, and that’s just part of it.”My issue isn’t one of unpredictability, but rather one of rigidity. I’ll celebrate when I can eat a 10:30 a.m. breakfast that’s still warm.CAMARADERIEDuring their 36-hour quarantines, players shared stories of how they were still able to communicate from down the hall. At 2 a.m., Clippers guard Reggie Jackson said, he heard Patrick Beverley yelling “Yoooooooo!” through the walls, prompting everyone to their doors.My sense of fraternity is much more limited.The neighboring room has food delivered to the door three times a day, just like mine. The occupant is either a silent monk who is fasting until we are released, or is more likely no one at all. I’ve never seen anyone emerge for any reason. The food delivered to that door sits for hours in the Florida heat until it is replaced by a fresh bag for the next meal. Disney catering has yet to identify this discrepancy.Because of the motel-style set-up of the rooms where I’m living, I can’t actually see other media members — most of whom I know at least as acquantances — or where they are stationed. I have a rough idea based off of texts and social media, and dialogue about our mutual quarantine experience is ongoing. Many are writing, like I am, about their experiences so far. But not being able to see them in person reinforces the isolation we’re experiencing.Again, this is not a cry of hardship — only an acknowledgement of how wonderful it is to see other people, especially friends. That’s a feeling almost everyone in this country can certainly relate to after the last few months off and on under pandemic-related lockdowns.While we will be asked to abide by social distancing guidelines and we are not permitted in each other’s rooms, I suspect many media members including myself will be content to stand six feet apart, at least in earshot and seeing range of a living, breathing human being.BASKETBALLWell, of course.So much of my life takes place in gyms and arenas, accompanied by the soundtrack of sneaker squeaks and ball bounces. There will be a strange, dystopian quality to the precautions we had to take, which I will write about in future posts, but it will be basketball, and in the midst of a totally original enterprise of a satellite campus restart, even the most mundane familiar details should prove comforting.It’s hard to even relate what I’ve missed about the game as an observer to how players and coaches and other NBA lifers must feel. The NBA was deeply conscious during the hiatus about how players would struggle feeling disconnected from the game, and made mental health resources available.There’s a lot to sort about the ethics of the return of sports, which critics say are social luxuries in the current time of crisis. With COVID-19 cases still on the rise in the United States, it’s a reasonable point of view. And everyone within the bubble understands, or at least should understand, that only a few mistakes could undo all the work the NBA has done to try to finish the season, crown a champion, and recoup revenue.But for just about all of the people here in Disney World, basketball isn’t just a game, but a livelihood. There are sacrifices they are willing to make in a continued pursuit of the career they’ve built for years. Many of these people only know this way of life, with peaks of big events, schedules of late nights and lots of travel, and a passion for basketball that isn’t just a side project, but has enabled them to live comfortable lives. I think of the words of J.R. Smith, who was out of basketball for nearly 18 months before signing with the Lakers in June.“I was gone for a while and for being somebody who has been around the league predominately for most of their adult life, when that’s kind of taken away from you, it kind of gives you that culture shock and you obviously don’t understand what you lost until it’s gone,” he said. “So, for me more than anything, I just want to appreciate the moment for what it is and whether it be next year or never again, I just want to enjoy every possible moment that I get.”Enjoy every moment — it’s good advice. I’ll think of that next time I look out the window, waiting to experience the greater world of the bubble for myself.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Lakers Purple & Bold newsletter. Sign up here for the newsletter.From the BubbleNewcomers find a groove – How J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters have blended into the Lakers while in the bubble.The Missing Morrises – We learned earlier this week that both Markieff and Marcus Morris haven’t been spotted in Florida..Wearing new hats – It’s a new way to work for the Lakers’ coaching staff, and a throwback vibe for the players mixing on the Disney campus.Finding new pursuits – What it’s like to be without family, and how the Lakers have tried to fill their time.Behind The Alliance – Jim Alexander tackles why the 11 pro sports franchises in L.A. are banding together for social justice.Jersey messages – From “Black Lives Matter” to nothing at all, NBA players share their sentiments about social justice messages for re-opening night.Lean on Dion? – Rajon Rondo’s injury could mean the newcomer has a bigger role than previously expected.If you missed our first installment – I described what it was like to prepare for and enter quarantine here at Disney World.Follow along on Instagram – I’m sharing stories from the bubble in a different way, and you can check it out here. Editor’s note: This is the Friday, July 17 edition of the Lakers Purple & Bold newsletter. ‘Bubble Dribble’ focuses on a look inside the NBA’s bubble. Sign up here for the newsletter.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On the fifth morning of my weeklong quarantine, I woke up the same way I have every day so far: A knock on my door between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Breakfast was served.After a few minutes of lying in bed deciding whether to sleep on, I dragged myself to the door and gathered the two bags containing a massive breakfast, which included a sandwich, two hardboiled eggs, Canadian bacon, juice, milk, yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese and a slice of bread in a sleeve.The sleeve offered this quote from Walt Disney, the namesake of this resort: “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDear reader, after remaining in the same 300-square foot room for some 125 hours as of this writing, my deepest dream is to take a flying leap into the pool that I’ve been gazing at outside my window. I want to wake up when I want, eat when I want, and feel air that has not been circulated through these four walls a thousand times. I want to physically see a person who is not testing me for a possibly deadly disease to see if I’m a threat to the people already inside the NBA bubble — walking around with less freedom than normal life, but certainly more freedom than I currently enjoy.What I actually need courage for is staying put, at least until Sunday night.Let me be clear: This is a worthwhile and necessary process recommended by medical experts. If I could potentially be carrying COVID-19 into the NBA Restart, a months-long effort of literally thousands of people, I want to know and take every reasonable precaution. I don’t want to put anyone’s health at risk.But after five negative tests, hours of Zoom calls and trying to find ways to preserve and consume the incredible amount of food that Disney catering piles at my door every day, I’m starting to feel the itch to get out and see the world — well, within the bounds of the Disney campus.While the experience of quarantine is still fresh, here’s what I’ve seen and heard about on the outside that I’m looking forward to when it’s safe for me to emerge from my weeklong hibernation:last_img read more

Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers

first_imgA tiny San Diego-based company provided an experimental Ebola treatment for two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia. The biotechnology drug, produced with tobacco plants, appears to be working.In an unusual twist of expedited drug access, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., which has nine employees, released its experimental ZMapp drug, until now only tested on infected animals, for the two health workers. Kentucky BioProcessing LLC, a subsidiary of tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), manufactures the treatment for Mapp from tobacco plants.The first patient, Kent Brantly, a doctor, was flown from Liberia to Atlanta on Aug. 2, and is receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital. Nancy Writebol, an aid worker, is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta today and will be treated at the same hospital, according to the charity group she works with. Both are improving, according to relatives and supporters.Each patient received at least one dose of ZMapp in Liberia before coming to the U.S., according to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.“There’s a very scarce number of doses,” and it’s not clear how many each patient needs for treatment, Fauci said. “I’m not sure how many doses they’ll get.”Citing unnamed sources, CNN yesterday reported that the drug used for the treatment is Mapp’s.Ebola, spread through direct contact with body fluids such as blood and urine, has sickened 1,603 people in West Africa, killing 887, according to the World Health Organization. The disease, first reported in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, can cause bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose. virus has historically killed as many as 90 percent of those who contract it. The current outbreak has a fatality rate of about 60 percent, probably because of early treatment efforts, officials have said.There is no cure for Ebola, although several companies — including Mapp — are working on drug candidates that are undergoing animal testing. Normally, patients are given fluids, blood transfusions and antibiotics with the hope their immune systems can fight off Ebola’s onslaught.The two scientists behind Mapp, President Larry Zeitlin and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Whaley, “are both brilliant,” said Charles Arntzen, a plant biotechnology expert at Arizona State University who collaborated with the two researchers years ago. “They are very, very bright guys and free spirits.”The antibody work came out of research projects funded more than a decade ago by the U.S. Army to develop treatments and vaccines against potential bio-warfare agents, such as the Ebola virus, Arntzen said in a telephone interview.Tobacco PlantThe tobacco plant production system was developed because it was a method that could produce antibodies rapidly in the event of an emergency, he said.To produce therapeutic proteins inside a tobacco plant, genes for the desired antibodies are fused to genes for a natural tobacco virus, said Arntzen. The tobacco plants are then infected with this new artificial virus, he said.“The infection results in the production of antibodies inside the plant,” Arntzen said. The plant is eventually ground up and the antibody is extracted, he said. The whole process takes a matter of weeks.When confronted by reporters about the Ebola infections in Liberia and subsequent treatments, Whaley said he needed to get up to speed on the developing events.“This is all new to me,” said Whaley, who was dressed in shorts, a well-worn T-shirt and flip-flops while addressing reporters’ questions outside the company’s offices in a San Diego business park. “I just don’t want to give out any inaccurate information, that’s all.”Antibody CocktailMapp’s drug is being developed with Toronto-based Defyrus Inc., which has six employees, according to Defyrus CEO Jeff Turner. ZMapp is a “cocktail” of monoclonal antibodies that help the immune system attack the virus.Monoclonal antibodies designed to fight and block specific proteins can stop the virus from latching onto and entering cells, said Heinz Feldmann, chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Laboratory of Virology in Hamilton, Montana.The key is to find antibodies that can prevent viral infection, and to attack several points on the virus so that mutants won’t “escape” treatment, he said.“What you want is a cocktail of antibodies that target different domains on the virus so escape is less likely in treatment,” he said in a telephone interview. Feldmann said he hasn’t been involved in developing treatments.ZMapp’s predecessor, MB-003, protected three of seven rhesus macaques in a study run in 2013 by Mapp and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.Ethical QuestionsEbola and virology experts believe the use of the Mapp drug for Brantly and Writebol is unusual in the annals of emergency drug treatments. While potentially saving lives, the cases raise questions about who should have the right to receive experimental drugs years before they gain FDA approval.“There are a lot of Africans that are also dying,” Robert Garry, a virologist at Tulane University, said in a telephone interview. “If we are going to do it for the Americans then we should certainly step up our game for the Africans.”Although no drugs to treat Ebola are approved by U.S. regulators, the Food and Drug Administration can approve an emergency application to provide access to unapproved drugs, Stephanie Yao, an FDA spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.Emergency ApprovalApproval for emergency drug use outside of a clinical trial can be made within 24 hours, Yao wrote. Shipment and treatment with the drug could begin even before completed written forms are submitted to the FDA, which can approve the use of an experimental treatment by telephone in an emergency.“The FDA stands ready to work with companies and investigators treating these patients who are in dire need of treatment,” Yao said. She declined to say whether the FDA had allowed any drug to be used in the Ebola outbreak.Erica Ollmann Saphire, a molecular biologist at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, worked with Mapp and the other biotechnology companies to develop models of the Ebola virus and potential antibodies.She directs a global consortium given the job of modeling the virus and the mixture of antibodies needed to defeat it. She said the drug was approved for the two American medical workers in Liberia under a compassionate-use doctrine, because it’s not even scheduled for clinical trials until next year.Informed Consent“I’d take it myself,” she said in an interview in her laboratory, near La Jolla. “Absolutely. I wouldn’t think twice.”She said the American medical aid workers were in a better position to give consent to the treatment than African disease victims.“Do you put an untested therapy in a human or do you just watch them die?” Saphire asked. “Certainly these two Americans are medically trained individuals who knew what they were getting into. They are able to give informed consent.”Medical care of the two U.S. citizens may take two to three weeks if all goes well, Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, said in an Aug. 1 news conference.The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed that Brantly and Writebol are the first Ebola patients on U.S. soil, is working with the hospital and transport company to make sure evacuation of the two patients goes safely, said Barbara Reynolds, an agency spokeswoman.“We’re here to make sure the transportation process and the care here in the U.S. ensures there’s no spread,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to remember this is not an airborne virus, it requires close contact with body fluids. It’s minimal risk as long as the people caring for the patient use meticulous procedures.”To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Langreth in New York at; Caroline Chen in New York at; John Lauerman in Boston at jlauerman@bloomberg.netShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Handyman remanded for a series of robbery charges

first_imgA handyman was remanded to prison on Wednesday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with a series of charges involving robbery under arms.Cheddie Bacchus covers his face as he is being escorted from Court on WednesdayCheddie Bacchus, of Lot 28 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and pleaded not guilty to the four charges.The first charge alleged that on May 12, 2019 at Cemetery Road, Georgetown, while being in company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Basil Agar a gold chain worth $150,000 and a cellular phone valued at $10,000.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Annette Ferguson of a motorcycle valued at $275,000, a phone valued at $10,000, and $3,000.The third charge stated that on June 20, 2019, at Princes Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Onika Hinds of a gold chain valued at $46,000.The last charge stated that on the same day and at the same location as the previous charge, he robbed Ashanti Wilson of a phone valued at $46,000, a gold chain valued at $120,000, and a watch valued at $15,000.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail being granted, telling the Court that when the defendant was arrested, he admitted to robbing the victims and selling their items in a caution statement.The Prosecutor also based his objections on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegations, the penalty the charges attract, and the fact that a gun was used to commit the offences.Bacchus, in his own bail application, told the Court, “Is one particular officer keep locking me up. Look at my foot, it ain’t good, I can’t even walk properly, much less run. Why would I rob people in my own neighbourhood?”Bacchus was remanded to prison and the case will continue on July 3.last_img read more

Guyana Medical Council concludes probe into doctors’ conduct

first_imgDeaths of children at GPHC…files sent to disciplinary committee More than three months have passed since the deaths of three juveniles occurred at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and although two independent investigations into those matters have been concluded, sanctions, if any, are yet to be imposed.Chairman of the Guyana Medical Council, Dr Navindranauth Rambarran, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Saturday said that the Guyana Medical Council has concluded its probe into the deaths and the files have been sent to the council’s Disciplinary Committee.“All I could say on the issue is that the issue is now engaging the disciplinary committee at the medical council. But the course of natural justice has to take its path. So I cannot comment on that further,” Dr Rambarran said.With regard to the doctors who were found in the initial probe by the hospital to be negligent of following protocol, and who are still on the job, Dr Rambarran explained that it is not the role of the Guyana Medical Council to interfere in those operations but rather, the Disciplinary Committee has to do its work.GPHC, earlier this year, concluded its own probe into the matter, which found that the medical personnel did not follow the established protocol in administering drugs to the three children who died earlier this year.In March last, Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) of Guyana, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, told the media that the doctors who treated the three juvenile leukaemia patients who later died at the GPHC administered the drugs incorrectly. Instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, they administered it intravenously.It was this that led to the adverse reactions of those three children and ultimately their deaths.She explained that investigations revealed that protocols the medical practitioners should have followed would have stipulated which drug has to be administered “when and where.”“It wasn’t a question of dosage but administration in terms of where it was administered. That was done incorrectly. The dosages would have been fine but in terms of where they administered what,” the Deputy CMO explained.She stated that the three medical personnel involved in the matters were aware that they had broken protocol but not at the initial stage of administering the medicinal drugs to those patients.“The reasons that were given encompassed the fact that they were stretched and maybe not fully attentive at the time. That pretty much is the long and short of the reasons given but I don’t think that initially they realised. But eventually, when they recognised that the patients were deteriorating when they checked they realised their mistake.”DeficienciesMeanwhile, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the GPHC, Kesaundra Alves told the media that an internal investigation by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the treatment of three leukaemia patients and their subsequent adverse reactions has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of those three children.“Statements were solicited from the parties directly or indirectly involved and parties who were witnesses or otherwise privy to pertinent information that could assist with the investigation. The Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Jeffery, submitted his final report to the Chief Executive Officer on January 28, 2019. That report concluded that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of the three children.”She stated that an independent investigation by the Public Health Ministry was also launched and findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s; non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.Since the deaths occurred, parents and other activists have been calling for the suspension of medical licenses of those doctors responsible for the deaths of seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, three-year-old Roshini Seegobin on January 18 and six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca on January 24.last_img read more


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