Grenada hosts health workers occupational safety workshop

first_img 29 Views   no discussions Share Tweet HealthLifestyle Grenada hosts health workers occupational safety workshop by: – June 9, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Photo credit: umemro.blogspot.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — St George’s University (SGU) in Grenada has partnered with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Grenada’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to provide a workshop geared at addressing the concerns of occupational hazards to health care workers (HCWs) specifically in relation to needlestick injuries and exposure to blood borne pathogens.The workshop, which is in line with a growing global movement towards dealing with this very critical public health issue, aims to “prepare leaders in healthcare to provide training on occupational health and prevention of blood borne infections, implement and evaluate policy and intervention measures to protect health workers and establish a regional surveillance network for occupational health”.The three-day workshop, which began on Tuesday, is being attended by 40 health care professionals with combined experience amounting to about 500 years.The attendees come from nine countries — Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Belize, Nevis, Suriname and the British Virgin Islands — and various professions and foci within the health care sector, including physicians, Ministry of Health officials, professors, nurses and other HCWs working in the areas of infection control, trauma / accident care, midwifery and neonatology.The attendees will be responsible for conveying the knowledge and skills gleaned from the workshop to their respective organisations and countries.The workshop is the brainchild of Dr Omar Cinar Elci, Director of SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM).In his opening address he commented: “We need to take care of our working people. We rely on our health care workers for our health but often do not consider their safety.”He pointed out that HCWs were exposed to even more occupational hazards than agricultural, construction and factory workers.Dr George Mitchell, a Ministry of Health official and graduate of SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, represented Senator Ann Peters, Grenada’s Minister of Health, who was out of the island.Mitchell commented: “We are ever conscious that a healthy, uninjured workforce is vital to our country’s well-being.”He urged participants to find ways to implement what they learnt in the workshop.Among topics to be covered at the workshop are the risk of occupational transmission of blood-borne pathogens, management of these risks, measures to be taken after exposure, how to conduct workplace assessment and how to carry out a rapid assessment for blood-borne pathogens.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Syracuse’s NCAA tournament hopes hang in balance after being crushed by North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On March 14, 1998, Syracuse played Maryland in the first Division I women’s lacrosse game for SU. The Orange allowed 21 goals, the most it has ever given up. In the 397 ensuing games for Syracuse since, that’s happened on just one more occasion: Boston College’s win to knock Syracuse out of last year’s NCAA tournament. That was until Thursday.No. 19 Syracuse (9-9, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 5 North Carolina (13-3, 6-1), 21-12, in the first round of the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. UNC’s eight-goal margin at the end of the first half was simply too much for the Orange to overcome. A bubble team heading into the conference tournament, SU will have to wait more than a week to find out its NCAA tournament fate.“They’re a very good team, they rode hard,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “They hustled their butts off and made some plays.”UNC had frequent opportunities. The Tar Heels had tallied 29 shots, including 23 on goal, where Syracuse starting goalie Asa Goldstock lasted just more than six minutes, allowing seven goals, before being pulled. If not for stellar play from SU freshman Hannah Van Middelem in goal, including multiple saves that came off of point-blank shots and nine total first-half saves, the Orange could have trailed by an even wider margin at halftime. “We know (Van Middelem’s) a great young goalie,” Gait said. “Asa (Goldstock’s) been playing well, though, so she hasn’t been able to play much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive players scored for the Tar Heels in the first half, all with at least two goals. Ela Hazar put up a hat trick and three assists, and Jamie Ortega added her own hat trick. UNC dominated the first half draw, 13-8. The Tar Heels caused nine first-half turnovers by SU, compared to zero caused by the Orange. The rout was on from the opening whistle.“They got after it early,” Gait said. “And again, we couldn’t clear the ball. Made a lot of mistakes, lot of turnovers. And you give a team like that to play offense, they’re going to score goals, and they did.”UNC scored the game’s first three goals before Syracuse could notch one. Then, the next four went to North Carolina as well, before SU added its second. Four more to the Tar Heels, and the game was 10-2 in favor of UNC less than 16 minutes in. Even with the Orange scoring four of the next five goals, that deficit was insurmountable. In the second half, the Tar Heels kept on coming. Ortega finished with six goals. UNC’s goalies combined to save eight of SU’s 20 shots on goal, plenty to back up a powerful offensive showing. SU’s only form of life on offense came from Emily Hawryschuk, who finished with five goals to push her to 54 for the season. The sophomore scored the first goal of the second half to try to give the Orange life. But what was still a seven-goal deficit then never got closer.“We scored on a decent number of our opportunities,” Gait said. “… We just didn’t get many shots.”After Syracuse’s last regular season game — a win over Louisville on Sunday — SU head coach Gary Gait thought back to the Orange’s regular-season matchup with North Carolina a few weeks ago. Syracuse lost by nine goals in the Carrier Dome with what, Gait said, was “flat” play right from the outset. The Orange had scored the final 11 goals of its Senior Day game. But Gait warned that on Thursday against UNC, it would be a new game and that he hoped SU would avoid coming out flat. Unfortunately for the Orange, the result wouldn’t be any different.Now, all Syracuse can do is wait. The NCAA tournament selection show was on May 7 last year, more than a week away, although the NCAA hasn’t updated the date for this year’s selection. Regardless, SU can’t make any more statements on the field. “We wait a week, get ready, and see what happens,” Gait said. “… Try and make sure we’re ready and if we get a chance to play in the tournament, we’re ready and we get a better result than we did here today.” Comments Published on April 26, 2018 at 8:16 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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