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Neighbourhood pharmacy hosts blood drive, health fair in Diamond

first_imgPrashad’s Medical and Pharmacy, in collaboration with the Guyana Red Cross Society, National Aids Program Secretariat (NAPS) and the Blood Bank, on Saturday held its second annual blood drive and health fair initiative at the pharmacy’s Lot 62 Second Street, Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) location.The blood drive and health fair was aimed at increasing the reserves at the National Blood Transfusion Unit, and to assist persons who are unable to access or pay for medical checkups.According to Prashad’s Chief Executive Officer, Paras Prashad, the objective of the event is also to educate persons about the importance of donating a single unit of blood, and how it can help those in need.During the six-hour activity, more than 20 units of blood were donated by persons in and around the community.The event, which also provided a medium to educate persons on the benefits of donating blood, and thereby address the reluctance associated with donating blood, targeted some 100 donors, who also benefited by receiving free gifts, door hamper prizes, free sampling of products, free medical advice, and a prestigious gift basket giveaway. Additionally, persons were able to access free testing for blood sugar, pressure, haemoglobin, cholesterol. Tests were provided also for all high school entrance students.Only recently, the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) stated that it’s in dire need of blood to satisfy the ever-growing demand for the commodity.According to the institution, the demand is high and the blood bank is short of all blood groups.The goal of the NBTS is for all the blood supplied in Guyana to be collected from voluntary, healthy donors. Every unit of blood that is donated is screened and delivered through a network of Blood Banks countrywide, and is used as needed.last_img read more

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Tow firm, CHP ties probed

first_imgNEWHALL – The California Highway Patrol is conducting an internal investigation involving officers at its Newhall station, a sergeant said Thursday. “There is an investigation going on, but other than that I can’t make any comments about it,” CHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Garrett said. KFI-AM (640) reported earlier this week that the CHP was investigating whether officers at the Newhall station accepted cash and other favors from Preferred Towing, which has a contract with the agency. The radio station also reported that at least two officers have been suspended, but Garrett said he could not discuss personnel issues. Garrett also said he does not know how long the investigation has been going on. “At the conclusion of an internal investigation, the department will make the appropriate comments at that time,” he said. “But as far as time frame, I don’t know when that will be.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rick Jones, manager at Preferred Towing in Castaic, said the CHP had interviewed him, but he denied wrongdoing. “I’m not going to deny I am friends with some of the officers,” Jones said. “Is there any kind of payoffs or favoritism going on? No.” Jones recalled that he and a couple of CHP officers, whom he didn’t identify, vacationed a couple of summers ago at Lake Havasu, Ariz., but he again denied any impropriety. “Have they gone? Yes. Did they pay their own way? Absolutely. Were they off duty? Absolutely,” he said. CHP officials said they could not discuss any investigation in order to protect the rights of the officers being probed. last_img read more