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Medical Laboratory Preparedness and Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Lab Staffs towards Vector Borne Diseases Outbreak in Guyana

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2017.116
Synopsis: 
Laboratories in Guyana are not prepared for possible vector-borne disease outbreaks. This was largely due to lack of information, guidelines, and tools to facilitate an effective process. Therefore, an effort is required in collaboration with Ministry of Health and laboratories that should derive strategic ways to prepare laboratories.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the level of preparedness among selected laboratories in Georgetown, Guyana to a possible vector-borne disease outbreak and to determine the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices of laboratory personnel towards climate change and vector-borne disease.

Accepted: 
15 Dec, 2017
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e-Published: 18 Dec, 2017

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Estimated Effects of Climate Variables on Transmission of Malaria, Dengue and Leptospirosis within Georgetown, Guyana

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10.7727/wimj.2017.118
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The study suggest a connection between climate variable and vector borne disease. The study showed a positive correlation between climate variables and vector borne diseases like malaria, leptospirosis and dengue.

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Objective: To analyze meteorological data (temperature, rainfall and relative humidity) and vector borne diseases (malaria, dengue and leptospirosis) to determine trends that may exist between and among variables within the Georgetown area.

Accepted: 
07 Jul, 2017
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e-Published: 07 Jul, 2017

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Comparison of Urine Analysis Using Manual and Sedimentation Methods

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240–4
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Both methods can be used for accurate urine analysis.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013

Physical Inactivity Associated with Impaired Glucose Tolerance among Pregnant Women

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.195
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Exercise during pregnancy would control glucose level and body mass index among expecting women. This study therefore demonstrates the effect of exercise among pregnant women.

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Objective: To assess the effects of exercise on pregnant women in controlling glucose levels and body mass index (BMI).

Accepted: 
24 Aug, 2016
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e-Published: 29 Aug, 2016

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Evaluation of Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) and Gamma-glutamyl Transferase (GGT) in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) at the Diabetic Clinic, Guyana

Synopsis: 
High prevalence of elevated ALT and GGT in type 2 diabetic patients showed a strong association to metformin and ethnicity in particular those of Indian decent. Family history showed a greater risk factor of high ALT followed by current illness.

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Objective: To determine the prevalence of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) abnormalities and contributing factors in adult patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus at the diabetic clinic of public hospital, Guyana.

Accepted: 
12 Aug, 2016
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e-Published: 12 Aug, 2016

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Isolation and Screening of Actinomycetes for Antimicrobial Activities from Marine Soil Sediments and Sponges

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.194
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Actinomycetes play a significant role in the production of various other antimicrobial agents. Therefore this study aims to isolate and screen for the antimicrobial properties of actinomycetes from marine soil sediments and sponges.

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Objective: The aim of this study was to isolate and screen for the antimicrobial properties of actinomycetes from marine soil sediments and sponges.

Accepted: 
15 Jun, 2016
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e-Published: 29 Jun, 2016

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Prevalence and Risks of Syphilis among Commercial Sex Workers in Georgetown, Guyana

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.138
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The study investigates the sexual health practices and constraints faced by persons involved in commercial sex in Guyana. The study only had syphilis in two (2.9%) of the five (7.1%) reactive VDRL cases indicated prior history of syphilis infection. It was also found that (54.3%) of participants always used condoms while (74.3%) did not use drugs and only 2.9% consumed alcohol every day. The participants had a fair KAP towards syphilis but few misconceptions exist. Stigma and discrimination was identify as the major constraint faced by the male sex workers and 97.1% of CSW indicated that they preferred giving up sex work.

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Objective: To determine the KAP and prevalence of syphilis and to investigate the sexual health practices and constrains involved among commercial sex workers (CSWs) in Guyana.

Methods: The participants were randomly selected from CSWs participating in support group meetings held in Georgetown and Berbice. The survey was cross sectional and SPSS was used to perform the data analysis.

Accepted: 
14 Apr, 2015
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e-Published: 04 Jun, 2015

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Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Comparative Evaluation of Ziehl Neelsen Staining and Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Laboratory Personnel in Relation to Ziehl Nielsen

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10.7727/wimj.2012.247
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34–9
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This study sought to assess the efficiency of the modified Kinyoun cold method as a replacement for the Ziehl Nielsen (ZN) and to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of laboratory personnel in relation to the ZN method in Guyana.

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Objective: To describe laboratory personnel's attitude and practices toward phenol exposure during Ziehl Neelsen (ZN) acid fast staining method and to evaluate the feasibility of an alternate modified Kinyoun cold (MKC) stain.

Accepted: 
13 Dec, 2012
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e-Published: 08 Apr, 2014

Detection of Drug Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis among Patients with and without HIV Infection in a Rural Setting

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.082
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122–6
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This research establishes the sensitivity of the Griess nitrate reductase assay (NRA) and the Hain molecular line probe assay (LPA) in tuberculosis (TB)/HIV coinfected patients in Guyana. It also highlights the difference in sensitivities of the two drug susceptibility tests.

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Objective: To analyse the sensitivity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by nitrate reductase assay (NRA) and the Hain molecular line probe assay (LPA) in sputa of tuberculosis (TB)/HIV co-infected patients in Guyana.

Design: Sputum samples were collected from known TB patients at Georgetown Chest Clinic and were analysed at the Reference Laboratory, Guyana, over the period April 2010 to April 2011.

Accepted: 
11 May, 2012
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e-Published: 16 May, 2013
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