‘Stop me if you need a doctor’: Yemen medic treats poor from his car

first_imgTopics : Hajj said he started giving free consultations via social media but then wanted to reach to those without access to such technology.”I thought about the poor and those in need on the streets who cannot get medical advice or don’t have the money for it,” he told AFP. Yemen is facing what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. A war between the government and Huthi rebels has killed tens of thousands and displaced four million people. Many Yemenis are afflicted by malnutrition and disease but the country’s healthcare system has all but collapsed, leaving it extremely vulnerable to the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory disease. In a war-ravaged country now battling coronavirus, one Yemeni doctor is dispensing medical advice from his car, gathering a large social media following along the way.”Stop me if you need a medical consultation,” reads a large sticker on the rear window of Sami Yahya al-Hajj’s four-wheel drive, alongside a cartoon figure of the bearded doctor wearing his square spectacles.As he offers diagnoses and prescriptions to the poor, the doctor’s phone chirps with messages and calls from patients who cough and splutter as they explain their ailments.center_img In the rebel-held capital of Sanaa, Hajj is flagged down by a man driving alongside his car.”My wife for the past week or two…” calls out the man, before Hajj asks him to pull over.  After a roadside consultation, Hajj prescribes a course of vitamins.”We doctors are on the frontlines of this current pandemic, and we must disseminate advice even outside medical facilities,” said Hajj, who has nearly 18,000 followers on Facebook.”We must safeguard and maintain the health of the poor, because their health is part of the whole community,” he said. Yemen’s government has officially recorded hundreds of coronavirus cases, including 112 deaths. But according to the United Nations, testing and reporting remain limited and it is likely that most areas in the country have been impacted. “Here is a Yemeni doctor treating the poor for free on the streets,” said one of Hajj’s supporters in a Facebook post hailing his “noble and beautiful” contribution.”I wish all Yemeni doctors would do the same in the current situation we are in.”last_img read more

Guyana is ready for change

first_imgDear Editor,Economies comprise three major groups: households, firms and government. One of the principal ideas in economics, is that of ownership of resources by households. Households own and control all of a country’s resources. They exercise control of natural resources through government. Households own land, capital/money, and the spectrum of businesses, ranging from banks and insurance companies to manufacturing and retail companies, to the small shops on the corner.Households also ‘own’, or are responsible for their governments. They form governments through the creation of political parties who compete for the seat of government. The governments formed must serve the will of the people by adopting policies which respond to their needs- be it jobs, welfare services, the creation of laws and regulations for new markets, or more effective government services. When governments and political parties fail, households have to produce other political parties which can deliver a government to better serve their needs and address their welfare issues. Households are ultimately responsible for the governments which administer their affairs. They will continue to suffer from bad government until they can produce better.And this, I submit, is the predicament which confronts Guyanese. We have had more than fifty years of bad government by our major political parties. Some smaller parties were even formed, and merged with these major parties to lend credibility to them when the country had suffered enough under one or the other.One conclusion that can be drawn from the voter turn-out of the recently concluded local government elections, is that Guyanese have had enough of the administration of their affairs by those who have managed our affairs over the last fifty years. I have consistently reiterated this point, and the recent elections is a clear indication, if any, that we are ready for change. With the next general elections due in the first half of 2020, we have approximately 18 months, billions of dollars in financial resources, land, and all the labor and professional capital at our disposal to produce better Government. We have suffered enough. Our children, many of whom are now adults, have suffered enough. It is time for change.A nation that fails to defend its democracy, justifies and consents to the abuses of its government. It is time we put an end to the abuses by our governments of the last fifty years.Respectfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more


first_imgSome of the cast going through their paces.A feast of music, dancing and comedy is in store at An Grianán Theatre from February 17-21 when Letterkenny Musical Society follow up their recent stunning performances of Annie, Oliver, Calamity Jane and Guys and Dolls with a spectacular production of the comedy musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’Although it features as one of its stars a man-eating plant, ‘Little Shop’ is far from the horror its title might suggest.Instead, with music from the same writing team who gave us Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, it is a fun-filled comedy packed with terrific music and colourful characters. Famed for their amazing shows, Letterkenny Musical Society (LMS) have again pulled out all the stops with this year’s show and once more they have found fresh and exciting new talent to add to their experienced group of versatile performers.Auditions for the various roles began back in September and since then, the entire cast has been working on the forthcoming production that’s certain to be another show stopping success.Emile Rainey who plays the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello with comedic genius, gets to grips with Seymour Krelborn played by Niall McDonagh, at a rehearsal for Letterkenny Musical Society’s production of Little Shop of Horrors in An Grianán Theatre from Feb 17-21.Under the keen eye of Director Billy Patterson and Producer Noel O’Donnell, the energetic and talented bunch of singers and actors have put together a stunning show that you really do not want to miss.Having previously played Mr Sowerberry the undertaker in Oliver and Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane, to huge acclaim, Niall McDonagh returns in the role of Seymour Krelborn who works in Mr Mushnik’s Flower Shop on Skid Row with his colleague Audrey. Ciara Gallagher who appeared in both Annie and Oliver and starred in Calendar Girls is delightful in the role of Audrey while Emile Rainey plays her sadistic dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello with comedic genius.Fresh from his fantastic performance as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls Chris Duddy is superb as Mr. Mushnik while Nicola Shields, Maria Rushe and Julianna Ayton bring a wealth of talent and experience to their roles as three drop-out school girls.Donal Kavanagh relishes his role as the voice of the plant ‘Audrey II’ and of course there are familiar faces aplenty in the other roles and chorus numbers.The super dancing for the show this time has been expertly put together under the guidance of Maire Kelly as choreographer.As usual the LMS have built the foundations for this superb show on excellent music and nothing has changed under new musical director Denise Roper. Of course early booking is advisable because recent LMS productions sold out in a flash.Tickets for this must-see musical are available by contacting the box office at An Grianán 0035374 9120777 or online at angrianan.comMUSICAL SOCIETY’S ‘LITTLE SHOP’ TO BRING COMEDY AND MUSIC TO AN GRIANAN was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyLittle Shop of Horrorslast_img read more