After months of rehabilitation works, the newly refurbished Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) was on Thursday handed back over to the Guyana Government in a grand ceremony that paid homage to the former Guyanese Head of State.President David Granger and Ambassador Jianchun, along with Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo following the unveiling of the newly rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre on ThursdayFormer President Arthur Chung, who served as Guyana’s Head of State from 1970 to 1980, would have celebrated his 100th birth anniversary in January, thus making the commemoration much more symbolic.Upon the completion of construction back in 2006, the Chinese Government handed over the Conference Centre to Guyana. The facility was then renamed after Guyana’s first President in 2015 when the coalition Government took office.Having funded the construction of the Conference Centre, the Chinese Government in late 2016 retook possession of the facility and under the 2011-2012 Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Guyana and China, rehabilitation works were carried out.The US$7 million project was undertaken by China Railway Group, the same Chinese company that constructed the facility over 10 years ago. It was completed within the 18-month timeline.In reflection on the work of the former President during the ceremony, his niece, Leila Walker, recalled his early life and his journey in the Public Sector serving Guyana.President Granger testing the new equipment in the main conference room at the refurbished Arthur Chung Conference CentreMeanwhile, President David Granger said the occasion is even more symbolic as it pays tribute to an eminent citizen and true patriot, who guided the country amidst uncertainly and was the face of a newborn Guyana on the international front.“His appointment was historic… He became President at an important stage in Guyanese history. It was a period of international turmoil and national transformation… And he helped with his own character and personality to shape the identity of our new republic amidst all that was taking place in our country and around the world,” President Granger noted.According to the Head of State, former President Chung had cemented the foundation of relations between China and Guyana, which has strengthened over the years and is evident in the many contributions the Asian nation has made towards local development.“The Arthur Chung Conference Centre now, and for generations to come, will ensure that the contributions of Arthur Chung… and of the People’s Republic of China will be remembered and sustained,” the President posited.These sentiments were shared by Chinese Ambassador, Cui Jianchun, who said his Administration will continue to support and deepen its relation with Guyana. In fact, he noted that while much has been done over the years, there are much more avenues for Chinese to lend assistance to Guyana, something which he is committed to work on.Among the works done at the facility are upgrades to the exterior and interior of the building, and the main and smaller conference rooms were also refurbished, with the former now being equipped with a new digital conference system and interpretation booth that can process up to three languages simultaneously. There is also a new WiFi system that will make the ACCC an Internet hotspot as well as an IT room upgraded with 20 new computers.
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VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s addictions minister has tasked health authorities to move quickly to scale up use of an injectable drug that could save the lives of chronic substance users who haven’t responded to treatment with oral medication.Judy Darcy said hydromorphone is urgently needed for people struggling with addictions and B.C. would be the first place in North America to use it as part of clinical practice.“If we’re going to save lives and prevent people from being poisoned from toxic drugs on the street we need to provide alternatives and this is an alternative that has been proven by evidence to work,” she said Wednesday.Darcy was responding after the B.C. Centre on Substance Use released a report providing doctors with guidelines on hydromorphone, which is used at the Crosstown clinic in Vancouver, where some patients addicted to heroin receive injections of pharmaceutical heroin under supervision.Suboxone and methadone are the first- and second-line medications to treat substance use disorder but Darcy said hydromorphone would be another option for people who’ve failed with those treatments.“We’re asking health authorities to give us plans about how to implement this,” she said. “We’ll be waiting to hear back from them on an urgent basis about what that looks like.”The results of a groundbreaking trial in 2016 involving Crosstown patients showed hydromorphone, or pharmaceutical heroin, is equally effective at treating heroin addicts who don’t respond to methadone or suboxone.Cheyenne Johnson, a nurse and clinical director at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said the Crosstown study of 202 participants suggests hydromorphone must be made available to more people through clinics and pharmacies, the same as for methadone.“This being a new and emerging model in B.C., what we want to do is work with the health system and evaluate and monitor the expansion of this program to see what works and where the gaps are and address those,” she said.The B.C. Centre on Substance Use guidelines propose a continuum of care including counselling, detox or withdrawal management services, then oral medication through to injectable treatment.The guidelines also include information on when patients are eligible for treatment, how to provide adequate dosing and monitoring and when to do urine drug tests.While pharmaceutical heroin is also effective for some chronic substance users, prescribing it comes with regulatory hurdles because doctors must apply to Health Canada for individual patients who use the drug that’s imported from Sweden.“We’ve been slow to expand hydromorphone,” Johnson said. “The evidence from our perspective is very clear that hydromorphone is an evidence-based treatment option and we have to expand it across the province.”The high rate of addiction in the province has placed a heavy burden on communities dealing with crime, public disorder and health costs, Johnson said.More than 1,800 people died of overdoses in B.C. between January 2016 and July 2017, many of them involving the painkiller fentanyl.Over 40 people took part in the report, including drug users, family members, community advocates, physicians and researchers from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where prescription heroin has been used for addiction treatment.They included Jordan Westfall, president of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, who said treatment needs to be accessible for people who need help during an opioid epidemic.“The awareness of this situation in the public’s mind has to continue,” he said, adding any funding concerns “need to go out the window” for an issue that involves a health crisis.“Ultimately, it’s up to people who use drugs to speak up about this, and not let pressure off the government,” said Westfall, who is a former drug user and has a master’s degree in public policy.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.