…as batch of 36 to take part in 4-year programmeSome 36 medical practitioners took part in a ceremony on Monday to officially launch their four-year Medex training programme; while there, they were warned, among other things, of the need to “not get pregnant” during the training.Programme Coordinator, Medex training programme, Medex Sarah DanielsHowever, some have already expressed concern about discrimination against women trainee medex, who may want to start a family during this period.In her address to the students, Coordinator of the Medex programme, Sarah Daniels urged students to remain focused on their goals. She outlined several expectations that come with taking part in the programme.“Students should not get pregnant during the course of the study,” Daniels explained. “For the students, remember you are all here to achieve one goal, despite wherever you came from…”“Spending four years developing a career, for some of you being away from your home, your customs and your loved ones, will not be easy. But I assure you, the sacrifices of today will definitely pay off tomorrow.”It would not be the first-time public servants have been warned against pregnancy, with some women at times facing dismissal. In 2015, the issue reared its head when three City Constables were fired after they became pregnant during their two-year probation.As recent as February of this year, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West drew criticism from sections of society when he reportedly expressed concern about female soldiers getting pregnant “every year.”Be preparedMeanwhile, Daniels also stressed the need for students to be punctual and professional, conducting themselves in a proper manner at all times and wearing uniform when on duty. In addition, students must possess honesty and a consistent pass mark above 60 per cent.Other expectations, according to Daniels, are that the Medex be psychologically prepared to serve their respective communities when the training is completed. She explained further what this training entails.“The Medex programme has two pathways. The first one is the traditional pathway, which is an 18-month programme. The second is an alternative pathway, which is 42 months. The students of 2018-2022 represent that alternative pathway. The present Medex curriculum consists of a four-year programme that has two phases.’“The first phase has basic nursing and midwifery skills lasts two years. And of course, the students are all asked that they must pass this two years before they go into the third and fourth year, which is the comprehensive clinical skills and that lasts for two years.”The Medex were reminded that they are expected to provide level two healthcare services, including preventative treatment of simple illnesses. The Medex were drawn from all over Guyana, including Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“Based on the needs assessment, priority was given to the hinterland regions. In addition, assistance was sought from the Regional Health Officers. After an intensive interview process, 37 students were selected for the Medex class,” She revealed, adding that one student subsequently dropped out.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence also delivered an address to the attendees. In it, she impressed upon them the importance of serving and giving back to their communities.“Many days, you will have to persevere… remember the purpose for which you are signing on. Personally, you can reap benefits from being professionally qualified so that you can join the team of public health professionals,” she said.Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud had words of encouragement for the Medex. He also lauded the proliferation of males in this year’s batch, noting the importance of gender parity.
Chaz Spicer hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds left and Utah State took advantage of an intentional foul call to hold off No. 10 Nevada 79-77 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Friday night in Las Cruses, N.M. Utah State (23-10) beat Nevada for the second time in a week to move into today’s championship game against the winner of the New Mexico State-Boise State semifinal late Friday. Nevada (28-4) is assured of its fourth straight NCAA tournament bid, but the loss could hurt the Wolf Pack’s seeding. Spicer, whose two free throws with 3 seconds left in overtime beat Nevada 79-77 last week in Logan, did it again. He was fouled by Nevada’s Matt LaGrone on a drive to the basket in which it looked like he might have traveled. With the Nevada crowd yelling for a travel call, Spicer calmly hit both free throws. Nothing new for Spicer, who went 6-for-6 at the line in the game, has hit 30 of his last 32 free throws and has won four games for the Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies with 24 points. BIG TEN TOURNAMENT No. 1 Ohio State 72, Michigan 62 Greg Oden scored 22 points – 15 in the second half – and the Buckeyes (28-3) won their 15th in a row in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. The Buckeyes advance to a semifinal today against Purdue, which beat Iowa 74-55. The 7-foot Oden was 8-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the free throw line to go with eight rebounds and four blocks. It was Ohio State’s third win in as many tries this season against Michigan (21-12), which is hoping to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. No. 3 Wisconsin 70, Michigan State 57 Alando Tucker, held to three free throws in the opening half, made four 3-pointers in the second half to lift the Badgers (28-4) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Tucker, the league’s player of the year, finished with 21 points – his 39th straight game in double figures – and the Badgers advanced to a semifinal today against Indiana or Illinois. BIG 12 TOURNAMENT No. 2 Kansas 64, Oklahoma 47 Brandon Rush scored 16 points and ignited the Jayhawks (28-4) after an uninspired first half in the quarterfinals in Oklahoma City. Rush started Kansas’ 18-2 second-half run with a reverse layup, and added a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. The Jayhawks advance to a semifinal today against Kansas State, which beat Texas Tech 66-45. Oklahoma State 57, No. 7 Texas A&M 56 Mario Boggan scored from the right block with 11.5 seconds left to give the Cowboys (21-11) a win in the Big 12 quarterfinals. No. 15 Texas 74, Baylor 69 Kevin Durant rebounded from a dismal first half to score 29 points and grab 13 rebounds for the Longhorns (23-8), who advanced to the Big 12 Conference semifinals. BIG EAST TOURNAMENT No. 9 Georgetown 84, No. 20 Notre Dame 82 Jeff Green had a career-high 30 points, including the winning basket with 13 seconds left, and 12 rebounds to lead the Hoyas (25-6) in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in New York. DaJuan Summers added 18 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. tied his career high of 15 as the Hoyas face Pittsburgh in today’s final. No. 13 Pittsburgh 65, No. 12 Louisville 59 Antonio Graves scored 10 of his 23 points during a 20-2 run for the Panthers (27-6) against the Cardinals (23-9) in the Big East semifinals. SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT No. 6 Florida 74, Georgia 57 The Gators (27-5) scored the first 17 points of the game, built a 25-point lead before halftime and romped in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Atlanta. CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT No. 5 Memphis 71, Tulane 49 Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points and the Tigers (29-3) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 straight by winning in the tournament semifinals on their home court. ATLANTIC COAST TOURNAMENT No. 8 North Carolina 73, Florida State 58 Wayne Ellington scored 18 points and Ty Lawson had 14 to lead the Tar Heels (26-6) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Tampa, Fla. Tyler Hansbrough, whose nose was broken in North Carolina’s victory over Duke last Sunday, wore a protective mask and scored six points on 3-for-7 shooting before fouling out late in the game. MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT No. 23 BYU 96, Wyoming 84 Trent Plaisted tied his career high with 27 points as the Cougars (25-7) advanced to the Mountain West final for the first time since 2001. BYU will face No. 25 UNLV, an 88-72 winner over Colorado State late Friday. – From News Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!