… patients given bread, sausage daily… investigation launchedFollowing Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence’s recent visit to the National Psychiatric Hospital at Fort Canje, East Berbice, an investigation has been launched into the delivery and utilisation of meat supplied to that institution.Guyana Times understands that the Minister was reportedly informed that the 194 patients at this mental health facility do not receive meat in the food supplied them, but are given sausage and bread to eat daily. This publication was told that, in some instances, four patients are forced to share one sausage, although – according to records – 4500 lbs of chicken are delivered to the facility on a regular basis.This institution caters for persons with mental disorders, and it is imperative that they receive balanced meals with proper nutritional content. Sixty pounds of meat are slated for use with each meal served to inmates.An official has told this publication that the Region Six Health Services Department has given contracts for the weekly supply of only 50 pounds of meat for the entire region. This meat is then shared between the New Amsterdam Hospital, the Skeldon Hospital and the National Psychiatric Hospital. According to the regional official, the meat is so inadequate that none is delivered to the National Psychiatric Hospital; and the shortage of meat is supplemented by sausage.However, this publication was told that the records give a different account of the state of affairs at the National Psychiatric Hospital.Proper dietPresident of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, Felice Jacka, in her publication, “A healthy diet is protective and an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for depression and anxiety,” said in August 2015 that “a very large body of evidence now exists that suggests diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health.”This newspaper was told that inmates at the psychiatric hospital can be seen in the town of New Amsterdam asking for money to buy food, or eating out of bins. Asked about the diet for the inmates, several sources close to that institution confirmed that it mostly consists of sausages, bread and pumpkin, with rice. Other vegetables are also cooked with sausages.This publication was told that milk is also a scarce commodity in the kitchen of the National Psychiatric Hospital. The lack of supply and its consequence have been brought to the attention of the Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn Stephens.Dire consequences reportedly attend an inadequate supply of nutrition to the inmates of a psychiatric facility. According to one source close to the institution, Stephens has been informed that patients are required to have a high intake of protein.Several months ago, reports had surfaced that supplies of nutritious foods were not reaching the patients of the National Psychiatric Hospital. There were reports that cheese, chicken and fish were being pilfered from the kitchen. Security personnel were tasked with the responsibility of checking the bags of those who work in the kitchen as they exit the compound.
Stuart O’Keefe scored the second for Cardiff 1 A goal in each half from Lex Immers and Stuart O’Keefe gave Cardiff the Severnside bragging rights with a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win at Bristol City.A sell-out crowd of 15,758 for the noon kick-off saw Cardiff take a 21st minute lead when Joe Ralls was allowed space to deliver a low cross from the left of the box and Immers swept home a low drive from 12 yards at the far post.Any doubt about the result was removed seven minutes from time when O’Keefe headed home from close range after a Tom Lawrence shot had been tipped onto the bar by Richard O’Donnell.With Bruno Ecuele Manga outstanding at the back, Cardiff repelled Bristol’s attacks and emerged worthy winners.The visitors posed the first threat when Immers volleyed wide at the near post on five minutes and were the quicker to settle.Nathan Baker headed over from a Lee Tomlin corner on 16 minutes as Bristol began to get into their stride.Then came Immers’ goal, which was not the first time the hosts had looked vulnerable at the back, and Cardiff defended their lead well until the break.The biggest moment of anxiety for David Marshall came from a 28th minute volley from Jonathan Kodjia, but the angle was narrow and the Bluebirds goalkeeper beat the effort away.Anthony Pilkington, operating as a lone striker for Cardiff, beat the offside trap on 38 minutes and advanced menacingly, only to see his low shot from 25 yards palmed wide by the diving O’Donnell.Bristol were finding it hard to get behind a well-organised Cardiff defence and Kodjia, like Pilkington in a lone role up front, was unable to hold the ball up effectively.The home side’s frustration was demonstrated when Tomlin collected a booking for dissent as the players left the field at the break.Cardiff were forced into a change at the start of the second half, with Sean Morrison replacing right-back Lee Peltier. Morrison slotted into central defence with Matt Connolly moving across to the right.Bristol made a tactical switch pushing Tomlin up alongside Kodjia, who frustrated home fans by delaying his cross when behind the defence on 50 minutes.Tomlin was the biggest threat for Bristol City and his deflected 55th minute shot brought a smart save from Marshall.The Cardiff keeper was in action again on 70 minutes, diving to his right to palm away Tomlin’s free kick from 30 yards.Bristol were on top for the first time and Scott Golbourne’s shot from distance flashed just wide.But O’Keefe’s goal eased any late pressure on Cardiff, who continued their impressive move towards the play-off places as a late header from substitute Aaron Wilbraham passed harmlessly over Marshall’s crossbar.