The Minister of Public Works, Hon. Bishop Juan Edghill, today accompanied Prime Minister, Brigadier Ret’d Mark Phillips on a flood assessment outreach in two riverine communities along the Demerara River, in Region 10.
The two communities visited were Amerindian settlements, namely Muritaro and Malali.
Joining the Cabinet members were the Regional Executive Officer, Mr. Dwight John and Councillor for the Upper Demerara Region, Ms. Kristy Duggin.
During the team’s visit to Muritaro, they were warmly welcomed by the Toshao, Mr. Nick Estwick.
Minister Edghill explained during a meeting at the Muritaro Primary School, that reports were received concerning the flooding in the area, which prompted Government’s response.
Based on reports, according to the Minister, over 20 homes were affected and would have received relief supplies.
Additionally the Minister said he is well aware that with flood waters, several illnesses may take a raise, including mosquito bourne diseases.
On this note, he committed to dispatching a medical team to conduct an outreach, since reports of rash, and even vomiting and diarrhea was reported.
The medical team will also be conducting Covid-19 tests, on the residents’ request, and at the same time will be vaccinating persons against the virus.
In terms of relief for affected residents, Prime Minister, Mark Phillips said that all 98 families in Muritaro will receive a food hamper with cleaning agents, as well as safe drinking water.
The Prime Minister also appealed to the residents to take the COVID-19 Vaccine in order to protect themselves and loved ones.
Minister Edghill assured the community that the PPP/C Government is not interested in “playing politics” when it comes to such a serious situation. He instead said that communities all across Guyana will receive the assistance they require, despite race, religion, colour, or political affiliations.
Already, 300 communities impacted by flood waters, as a result of heavy rainfall over the past weeks have received relief supplies.
These efforts are expected to continue.
About 45 minutes down the Demerara River, away from Muritaro, Minister Edghill and team met with residents from Malali Village.
The Toshao, Mr. Orlayne Williams and Deputy Toshao, Ms. Josephine Ashby received the delegation.
Minister Edghill was told by the Toshao that the water in the village has raised by about 10 feet and their livelihood is being affected.
The Village Leader was assured that 75 hampers and clean drinking water, for each family will be dispatched, as well as a medical team on Friday.
A request for some water tanks was also approved by Minister Edghill.
The Prime Minister urged the residents to protect themselves in every way possible, while adding “This too shall pass.”