– family solicits Govt and public for financial assistanceEleven days after being diagnosed with the rare disease Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS) at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the family of Pooran Ramcharitar is soliciting financial support from Government and members of the public to facilitate treatment which costs GY$2,625,000.According to the 22-year-old man’s father, Surindra Ramcharitar, his son began experiencing pain, numbness and weakness in his lower limbs approximately eight weeks prior to the diagnosis and presently he is “breathing through a machine” since his respiratory system “gave out.”“I’m begging from assistance from the public and the Government to please help my son. He is the second of six children. My eldest is 23 and youngest is 15. I’ve spent all my life savings to get him this far. I can’t afford his treatment and I really need help,” the senior Ramcharitar pleaded.Pooran Ramcharitar breathing with the aid of a ventilatorGuillain-Barre Syndrome is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. Person may experience changes in sensation or develop pain, followed by muscle weakness beginning in the feet and hands. The symptoms develop over half a day to two weeks.During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening with about a quarter developing weakness of the breathing muscles and requiring mechanical ventilation. Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure.Persons desirous of assisting the Ramcharitar family can make contact on telephone numbers 326-1203 or 652-7044.
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the proposed Microcredit Act will be tabled in the Houses of Parliament in the next financial year, 2019/20. Story Highlights Dr. Clarke was speaking at the Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon meeting held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on October 4. “Certainly, I am hoping for the first half of the next financial year that the Microcredit Act will be tabled and debated,” he said. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the proposed Microcredit Act will be tabled in the Houses of Parliament in the next financial year, 2019/20.“Certainly, I am hoping for the first half of the next financial year that the Microcredit Act will be tabled and debated,” he said.Dr. Clarke was speaking at the Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon meeting held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on October 4.He noted that “we are in very advanced stages of that Act. It has been through review a few times by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the office of the Attorney General”.When passed, the Bill will, among other things, assist in the registration of microlending companies, which provide financing to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector.It will also allow the entities to be licensed, while also providing measures for the protection of consumers.The Bill will also enable greater participation of the MSME sector in government contracts.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke said that the Government is seeking to encourage greater competition within the economy.“The policy of this Government is a policy that is going to encourage competition, encourage private-sector representatives to compete against each other and for local companies to compete against regional and international companies,” he said.“As we foster a competitive environment where companies in search for markets, in search for your purchasing dollar, compete among themselves, the natural result is that prices will respond,” he pointed out.Dr. Clarke argued that within a competitive market, businesses will not be able to just “jack up prices, because competition means that if you do that, you can lose your business to the competitor”.“The economy that is emerging is one that is going to be built on competition and one that is going to require every fibre of your being to think about how you are going to compete and how you are going to be better than the other company,” the Finance Minister added.