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Venezuelan refugees who have escaped the economic crisis in their country and are residing in Region One (Barima-Waini), Guyana, are being provided with 24-hour medical service.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, Region One Chairman Brentol Ashley explained that the initiative was made possible via collaboration with the Public Health Ministry, to send medical personnel at key areas. In this way, the refugees would be able to access basic healthcare facilities.“The region would have been saddled with the responsibility to look after these persons and with the support from the Ministry of Public Health, we have health teams in five areas providing 24 hours of health services to persons,” said Ashley.The Chairman noted that additional support was also given by providing fuel for the construction of camps and permanent housing structures for those who are envisioning the idea of making Guyana their home.“We have been able to provide fuel and lubricants to several communities to cut materials to construct camps and in some cases to start helping those who are settling to have houses and clear the lands and so forth. We have also been helping them with janitorial.”Guyana Times was informed that the number of persons has grown to over 600 and is slowly increasing. While the region has been experiencing good weather conditions so far, supplies have been easily distributed to the affected persons.“We’re still having persons in the villages like Khan’s Hill and the others that are currently residing there. The number hasn’t increased significantly but it’s over 600 persons. We’ve not yet expected the bad weather so supplies are arriving just fine for the last few days. Supplies were supplied to Khan’s Hill, Kamwatta andA GDF rank along with some of the Venezuelan refugees in Region One last weekWhitewater.”The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and Food For The Poor (FFTP) are presently distributing food supplies to the areas. However, other entities have made their contributions during the initial migration in July.“We’ve been assisted by CDC and Food For The Poor. In the initial stage of it in July, we would’ve had assistance from Hand-In-Hand Insurance Company and also some public spirited citizens who would’ve donated clothing and so forth. [International Organisation for Migration] IOM would’ve helped with some non-food items to several of the communities,” said Ashley.In July, it was reported that only about 268 refugees were present in the area after they would fled the initial food crisis but after the lack of basic amenities and health care, more persons sought refuge in Guyana.In response to the influx of returning migrants, Government had also established a multi-sectoral committee to coordinate the national response and assistance to the Venezuelans. Local public officers also underwent a one-day training workshop on the international best practices to prepare them in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.
NEW YORK – Contending that women have more options than they do in the event of an unintended pregnancy, men’s rights activists are mounting a long shot legal campaign aimed at giving them the chance to opt out of financial responsibility for raising a child. The National Center for Men has prepared a lawsuit – nicknamed Roe v. Wade for Men – to be filed today in U.S. District Court in Michigan on behalf of a 25-year-old computer programmer ordered to pay child support for his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. The suit addresses the issue of male reproductive rights, contending that lack of such rights violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. The gist of the argument: If a pregnant woman can choose among abortion, adoption or raising a child, a man involved in an unintended pregnancy should have the choice of declining the financial responsibilities of fatherhood. The activists involved hope to spark discussion even if they lose. “There’s such a spectrum of choice that women have – it’s her body, her pregnancy and she has the ultimate right to make decisions,” said Mel Feit, director of the men’s center. “I’m trying to find a way for a man also to have some say over decisions that affect his life profoundly.” “The courts are trying to say it may not be so fair that this gentleman has to support a child he didn’t want, but it’s less fair to say society has to pay the support,” she said. Feit, however, says a fatherhood opt-out wouldn’t necessarily impose higher costs on society or the mother. A woman who balked at abortion but felt she couldn’t afford to raise a child could put the baby up for adoption, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Feit’s organization has been trying since the early 1990s to pursue such a lawsuit, and finally found a suitable plaintiff in Matt Dubay of Saginaw, Mich. Dubay says he has been ordered to pay $500 a month in child support for a girl born last year to his ex-girlfriend. He contends that the woman knew he didn’t want to have a child with her and assured him repeatedly that – because of a physical condition – she could not get pregnant. Dubay is braced for the lawsuit to fail. “What I expect to hear (from the court) is that the way things are is not really fair, but that’s the way it is,” he said in a telephone interview. “Just to create awareness would be enough, to at least get a debate started.” State courts have ruled in the past that any inequity experienced by men like Dubay is outweighed by society’s interest in ensuring that children get financial support from two parents. Melanie Jacobs, a Michigan State University law professor, said the federal court might rule similarly in Dubay’s case.