Visual arts vaccination competition winners awarded

GINA, GUYANA, Friday, April 28, 2017

As the 15th Vaccination Week in the Americas comes to an end, Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings has assured that the Ministry of will remain committed to addressing immunisation challenges in Guyana.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings with winners from the Visual Arts competition in the 14-16 years category

During remarks at the symposium for a Visual Arts Competition which was held at the National Library, Church Street and Main Street, today, Minister Cummings explained that through innovative and effective solutions, the Ministry will be able to utilise advocacy, education and communication to become central.

However, she noted that the students who participated in the competition have earned her respect for their dedication, especially in their use of creative display on the importance of immunisation.

“We wish that you would continue to express in your own simple words and art, how you feel about issues that affect your own well-being and that of the people around you,” the Minister said. She stressed that all of the students who participated in the competition should take every opportunity to display their talent and creativity for the betterment of the country.

A section of the students who attended the symposium of the Visual Arts competition

The winners of the competition in the 14-16 categories are: Precious Barrow who copped the first place and Donlee Castello, second place winner. Both received a book bag each.

The winners of the visual arts competition in the 7-10 categories are: Anmarie Goberdhan in first place, second place is Dinesh Shivgobin and Tameshwar Singh copped third.

Those present at today’s event were Deputy Chief Nursing Officer Linda Johnson, Maternal and Child Health Director and EPI support Officer Dr Linda Bancroft, and Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation PAHO/WHO representative Dr. Janice Woolford along with other officials.

The Minister has previously emphasised at the joint ceremony of the 15th Vaccination Week in the Americas, in Suriname, the importance of vaccination, which she said is one of the most significant and necessary aspects for humans to live a healthy life.

By: Neola Damon

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