Mother of 6 dies days after eye removed

first_imgDead: Sunita VandykeSunita Vandyke, the mother of six who recently lost her eye weeks after giving birth at the Suddie Hospital in Region 2, has died.She died on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), two days after being referred there from the Leonora Hospital in Region 3 because of the severity of her condition.Vandyke’s family members are alleging that the GPHC had done nothing to save her. Her mother-in-law, Phyllis Carter, told Guyana Times on Sunday that after Vandyke had been admitted to the GPHC on Wednesday, she had received no treatment at the hospital.“She was left to die there. They never looked in her direction. Other patients in the ward told us that the doctors never even checked on her. They plugged needles in her head, strapped her down to the bed, and left her to die. She was treated like an animal, and no one is telling us anything; no explanation, no cause of death or anything,” Carter said.Carter is calling on the authorities to investigate this matter, which had caused her young, healthy daughter-in-law to deteriorate in health until her demise over the course of a few weeks.“This is a clear picture of how the public health systems work. They had no care, no interest in her condition. They feel that because it’s free, people begging them for a service. They are being paid to do their job!” the distraught woman declared.Vandyke had been admitted at the Suddie Hospital on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) for several weeks, after doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital had removed one of her eyes without any proper explanation, although she had never had any medical complication with her eye.Relatives reaching out to Guyana Times on Tuesday last, in calling for a full investigation into the incident, are alleging that Vandyke had been admitted at the Suddie Hospital to give birth, but everything had gone ‘downhill’ after her delivery.Carter told this publication that Vandyke had delivered a healthy baby at the Suddie Hospital some seven weeks ago; but after the birth of the baby, Vandyke had gone home to her Parika residence and had started to complain of feeling unwell. She had been taken to the Parika Health Centre, where the nurses had administered saline. After receiving the saline, she had started complaining of blurred vision.“As soon as she get the saline, and we go home, she started complaining (of having problems) with the eye,” Carter said.She explained that after her daughter-in-law had continued to complain about having blurred vision, she had taken her to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, from where doctors had transferred her to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.However, she had taken Vandyke to the GPHC after the eye problem had worsened and Vandyke’s condition had deteriorated. “We meet GPHC Emergency (Department) with the eye draining inflammation and the nose bleeding, and they said, ‘That’s not an emergency’. And we waited several hours, and were sent away without seeing a doctor.“I even went to the boss upstairs to complain that we were not getting to see a doctor, and still we could [not] get help; we were sent away,” Carter said.The frustrated Carter related that she had then visited the Public Health Ministry to lodge a complaint, and had been directed to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and then to the Eye Clinic at GPHC. When they arrived at the clinic, the doctors had quickly admitted Vandyke for surgery to remove the eye.“Just so, they say they gotta take out the eye. GPHC and West Dem (hospitals) sabotage my daughter-in-law! They did nothing to help! They never even checked the eye, and we need answers! This girl never had any eye problem!” Carter contends.Vandyke’s condition had gotten worse, to the point where she had been unable to walk, and had stopped speaking. Since the incident, she had been in and out of hospital, and had been unable to care for her newborn. She had again been taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital on Monday last, but due to the severity of her condition, had been referred to the GPHC. She died at the GPHC on Friday last.Carter is calling for a full investigation of this matter. She contends that Vandyke’s medical record would show that she had never suffered from any medical or eye condition.Attempts to contact officials from GPHC for a comment proved futile.last_img read more

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

first_img0Shares0000Germany’s Joshua Kimmich (L) vies with Northern Ireland’s Stuart Dallas during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match in Belfast on October 5, 2017 © AFP / Paul FAITHPARIS, France, Oct 6 – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their berth.Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C. The four-time world champions also maintained their proud unbeaten away record in World Cup qualifiers — a run spanning an incredible 47 matches dating back to 1934.“We’re off to Russia, to tear it up! We want to successfully defend the World Cup title,” said Bayern Munich midfielder Rudy following his first international goal.Northern Ireland, who grabbed a consolation through Josh Magennis, remain on track to claim a spot in next month’s play-offs as they attempt to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.Harry Kane continued his stunning goalscoring form with a 94th-minute winner as an unimpressive England overcame Slovenia at Wembley.Gareth Southgate’s side looked utterly bereft of ideas until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker’s inviting cross to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.It is the sixth time in succession England have qualified for the World Cup, but after making such heavy work of defeating Slovenia, they are unlikely to give the game’s super-powers many sleepless nights.“It’s not a relief, I always thought we’d achieve the objective (of qualifying),” said Southgate.“Tonight highlighted where we are.“We know exactly where we need to improve. We do have players who can score goals. It is a work in progress and when I was given the job the aim was to qualify for the World Cup.”– Record-breaking Lewandowski –England’s Harry Kane (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match against Slovenia at Wembley Stadium in London on October 5, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONScotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the finals for the first time since 1998 after a last-gasp 1-0 victory at home to Slovakia.Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just a minute from the end of normal time in Glasgow, leaves Scotland second in Group F, two points ahead of Slovakia and three in front of Slovenia ahead of Sunday’s trip to Ljubljana.Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to become his country’s record goalscorer as Poland thrashed Armenia 6-1 in Yerevan.Poland, who finished third at the 1974 and 1982 World Cups, need a point from their final match at home to Group E rivals Montenegro to assure themselves of a place in the finals.After Kamil Grosicki’s second-minute opener, Lewandowski curled in a brilliant free-kick to draw level with Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who represented Poland from 1963 to 1980, on 48 international goals.The Bayern Munich star claimed the outright record when he blasted home an indirect free-kick and completed his treble in the second half as Jakub Blaszczykowski and Rafal Wolski also scored for the visitors.Lewandowski also broke a European record set in August by Cristiano Ronaldo by increasing his tally in 2018 World Cup qualifiers to 15 goals, one more than the Portugal captain.Ronaldo is level with former Yugoslavia forward Predrag Mijatovic, who scored 14 goals during qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, but could establish a new mark on Saturday when Portugal visit lowly Andorra.Christian Eriksen’s 16th-minute goal steered Denmark to a 1-0 win in Montenegro to maintain their hopes of overhauling a three-point deficit to Poland when they host Romania in their final qualifier.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No proposal to give central funds for CCTVs in schools: Irani

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) There is no proposal before the government to provide central grants to state governments for installing CCTV cameras in schools, HRD minister Smriti Irani said today. “The matter relating to installation of CCTV cameras in schools is within the purview of state governments,” she said in Rajya Sabha, adding that at present, there was no proposal with her ministry to provide central grants for this purpose. Asked whether government proposed to install CCTVs in all schools to ensure safety of children, Irani said that education being on the concurrent list, majority of the schools were under the jurisdiction of state governments. During Question Hour, she said the Bombay High Court had during a hearing suggested that Maharashtra government should consider fixing of CCTVs in schools. Irani said some Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas have also installed CCTVs. She assured members that state governments were quite serious with regard to the safety and security of children in schools. Congress member Rajiv Shukla also raised doubts about the efficacy of schemes for adult education on which upto Rs 6000 crore was spent. Irani responded by saying that adult education has been a priority not only for the current government but the previous ones as well. PTI ADS ARClast_img read more