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GBTI concludes summer camp

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Friday concluded its one-week summer camp, which was organised to facilitate members of its Early Savers Club.The activities were organised via a partnership with the Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow (KTLT) TV programme, whereby facilitators were present throughout the week to engage a total of 38 children in creative activities. After the five days, the activities culminated with an exhibit of the art pieces which were created by the participants.The junior group, which featured children ages seven to 10, was facilitated by theParticipants of the summer camprenowned literary activist, Allan Fenty, in folklore and storytelling. Meanwhile, the senior group, comprising children ages 11 to 15, was engaged by the KTLT facilitator, Tanika Sanichara in craft sessions.Both facilitators stated that the summer camp was a success as the children were given the opportunity to engage in constructive activities.“The craft that I did for the juniors is actually simple material craft with paper. Most of it was paper. I bring things for them that they can be able to make at home and that they can learn,” Sanichara stated.She added, “For the older group, I tried to put things in place that actually caught their attention like the phone and pencil holder. We also did t-shirts where they do whatever they want, so you actually see what comes out of them.”According to the producer of the KTLT programme, Robin St Marthe, the show is aSome of the students viewing their artworkgreat way for children to socialise and learn valuable life skills and experiences. With the continuous growth of the show, they are hoping to create a KTLT club to include even more children.At the end of the camp, the students were awarded with a certificate for their participation.GBTI Senior Manager of Finance and Accounts, Shawn Gurcharran said the event has become a part of GBTI as the Bank understood the needs of its Early Savers Club Members and its other customers.last_img read more

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Sunderland friendly helped Middlesbrough prepare for QPR, says Karanka

first_imgMiddlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has told his club’s website that a behind-closed-doors win over Sunderland was the perfect preparation for the visit to QPR.Prior to taking a break for a few days over the Easter weekend, promotion-chasing Boro beat the Black Cats 2-1, thanks to goals from Kike and Jordan Rhodes.And Karanka said he organised the fixture to keep the players’ minds and bodies sharp ahead of the run-in, which starts at Loftus Road on Friday night.He said: “The break was good and that’s why we decided to play Sunderland beforehand.“It’s better to feel that you’re playing another game rather than just being on the training ground.“I don’t think we’re going to improve our tactics a whole lot now because we’re approaching the end. So we’re just adding more sessions, being together and just keeping going.“QPR is an important game because we have eight games in April and every game is going to be massive.“You know that most of the teams we play are playing for something and so are we, especially.“After our win against Hull we’re in a really good position again and the lads are really excited.”Defender Daniel Ayala could return for Middlesbrough on Friday following almost two months out with an ankle injury.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Medical aid and health complaints

first_imgYour go-to guide on where to get advice and give complaints to when you have issues relating to South Africa’s private or public health services.There are various bodies established to investigate the complaint you have against a medical scheme, health practitioner, clinic or hospital. For example, you can report bad service to a manager at a clinic or hospital, or even a provincial helpline. (Image: Unicef South Africa, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterGot a problem with your medical scheme, hospital, doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or optometrist? Here’s where to go for advice and complaints – including how to find your nearest private hospital or trauma centre, or get information on treatment costs and scale of benefits.Medical schemesThe Council of Medical Schemes is a body established by the government to protect the interests of the public and members of medical schemes. Their website has a “complaints zone” where a complaint can be both filed and tracked online. Before submitting a complaint, you must first follow your medical scheme’s internal complaints procedure.Website: www.medicalschemes.comHospital complaintsIf you have a complaint about a government hospital, speak to the clinic or hospital manager. If you are not satisfied with the response, call the applicable provincial complaint line.See the Department of Health‘s contact directory or Health-e News’ contact listComplaints against private hospitals should be lodged with the Hospital Association of South Africa, a self-regulatory body that investigates complaints against its members. You can lodge a complaint via its website (click on “patients”), as well as find your nearest private hospital or trauma centre and get information on costs, financing of treatment and the scale of benefits.Website: www.hasa.co.zaHealth practionersDoctorsThe Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory body that sets and maintains standards for health care in the country. Every health professional must be registered with the council, which has the power to institute a disciplinary inquiry into any complaint of unprofessional conduct by any of its members.Note that the council does not handle complaints against hospitals.Website: www.hpcsa.co.zaSouth African Medical AssociationThe South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a professional association for public- and private-sector medical practitioners. Membership is voluntary, with about 70% of doctors registered as members. Its website carries information on patients’ rights and responsibilities.Website: www.samedical.orgAlternative health practitionersIf you feel that an alternative health practitioner acted negligently or unethically, contact the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) that will investigate the complaint.Website: www.ahpcsa.co.zaNursesIf your complaint is related to a nurse, contact the South African Nursing Council, an independent statutory body that sets and maintains nursing standards in South Africa, and investigates complaints of unprofessional conduct by nurses.Website: www.sanc.co.zaDentistsThe South African Dental Association has a dental mediator, who will attend to your complaints.Website: www.sada.co.zaEmail the dental mediatorOptometristsThe South African Optometric Association will assist with complaints against optometrists who are members of the association. Their website offers a range of other useful services and information, including a directory of optometrists.Website: www.saoa.co.zaPharmacistsContact the South African Pharmacy Council. The website includes information on how to lodge a complaint, as well as forms and contact details.Website: www.pharmcouncil.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more