Volda Lawrence

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Volda Lawrence told : “The incubation period for this virus can range from 14 days to 31 days; so we will do mass testing. We will be able to identify those persons who are sharing the disease because our rate of transmission is for every one person who gets the disease, they infect three persons. Therefore, the mass testing can pull in those people who are ‘shedding’ and they don’t even know it,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “People may think they ate something bad and have diarrhoea or a constant headache, but they might be infected,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The fact that today we can be able to open the airport for Guyanese who are in various countries, today specifically we looked at the USA,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:56:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence informed : “We would have been able to put in place several elements needed to ensure that we can be able to cushion any effects that will spill out from persons travelling from high-risk countries to Guyana,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As we look through those lenses on 54 years of development, let us use this opportunity to reflect on our strengths and let this guide the path we take as we move this nation forward. Health wise let us come together as a resilient nation to win this fight against COVID-19” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It is not for the APNU or any other political party to say at this point ‘I want 10 or 20 [workstations],’” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “If anybody wants to talk about politicising COVID-19, see the PPP; they are the ones that put people’s lives at stake. Since January when we were talking about it, they were telling people that I was lying; I was using it as a political gimmick. Well, we have 10 persons dead, and over 100 people who would have contracted this virus, including children, and four families,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Today (Monday), 61 days after our first positive case, we are faced with a situation where over the weekend, we recorded seven new cases and today we are reporting yet another five new cases bringing the total number of new cases in three days to 12 and the total number of confirmed cases to 109,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Fellow Guyanese, we have constantly been pleading with you to come forward if you have been in contact with a positive case. We have also listed the areas where confirmed cases have been identified but still there is a reluctance for you to disclose your contacts,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We must seriously think about flattening the curve and containing the spread of the virus so that we all can return to normalcy. Therefore, we ask you to put aside fear & stigma and come forward and provide the information so that your loved one, your friend or acquaintance can avoid the risk of contracting this disease and possibly losing their life,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “With regard to the social distancing guidelines, you have interpreted them to suit your own agenda. Not only are you continuing to congregate in large numbers, but you are also out there way past the curfew time and with no face mask for your protection and those around you” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “You know all these guidelines, so please adhere to them so that we can get on with our lives and our livelihood,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It is extremely unfair to those who are following the guidelines to be placed at unnecessary risk. From the inception you were all told that we can stop COVID-19 from spreading; by simply staying home and following all the precautionary guidelines; that advice is still in effect. You know all these guidelines, so please adhere to them so that we can get on with our lives and our livelihood,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “On day 9 with 6 confirmed cases we began implementing measures with the closure of all international airports. On day 24 when another 33 cases were confirmed, the Ministry of Public Health instituted the curfew, the rotation policy, the stay at home and work from home policies as well as the closing of several businesses. We are now at day 50 and we are right where we began with another 43 cases, a 110% increase in less than one month. I want to ask you my fellow Guyanese what is it that you want? It’s obvious that you are not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. How else can we explain a 110% increase in positive cases in less than a month” External link

stabroeknews Monday, May 4, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Health Centre ) : “On day nine, with six confirmed cases, we began implementing measures with the closure of all international airports. On day 24, when another 33 cases were confirmed, the Ministry of Public Health instituted the curfew, the rotation policy, the stay at home and work from home policies as well as the closing of several businesses. We are now at day 50 and we are right where we began with another 43 cases, a 110 per cent increase in less than one month,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence asked : “Do you want to stop it? Everyone has a role to play. What role are you playing?” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We need to stop and take stock of this situation; you must adhere to the guidelines provided or we will be in a situation that we cannot control (repeat). Many of you have read the article of the Spanish Flu and how Guyana suffered during that period. And certainly, we do not want a repeat of this,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As you are aware, Georgetown is the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease with 55% of all confirmed cases residing in Central Georgetown,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence urged : “As these units are put in place, I urge you to make use of this opportunity; utilize our services and help us to flatten the curve, contain this disease and get back to normalcy,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As you are aware, Georgetown is the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease with 55% of all confirmed cases residing in Central Georgetown,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reported : “Of the 23 persons, 12 of them improved, and have been removed to a step-down facility… There have been five deaths in our COVID-19 ICU, and one person has so far recovered,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 24, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There are worrying upward trends in Central & South America, even though the numbers are relatively low…Make no mistake, we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 24, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “People, we need to take noted that there are 67 positive cases and 63 of those persons contracted the disease right here…our confirmed cases continue to climb and Georgetown has been identified as the epicenter,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Our confirmed cases in Region Four-represent more than 80 per cent with most cases in Georgetown,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 17, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As it is now, 14 are in institutional quarantine, 42 are in isolation and there are four persons in our COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU),” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 17, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “So, I am appealing to all those persons who fall in this group to take all precautions to prevent this disease. Further, if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 act promptly and seek medical assistance via our Hotline, the COVID-19 app and the nearest Health Facility,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 17, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “Of the 57 positive COVID-19 cases, four are known to have a travel history and the other 53 persons contracted the Coronavirus Disease in Guyana,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 17, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence concluded ( about Shamdeo Persaud ) : “Dr. Persaud also mentioned that in Guyana there is a large group of persons as early as their mid-twenties who have these conditions. So, I am appealing to all those persons who fall in this group to take all precautions to prevent this disease. Further, if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, act promptly and seek medical assistance via our hotline, the COVID-19 app and/or the nearest Health Facility,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 17, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence announced : “They were intercepted and placed in institutional quarantine thanks to the team work of the (COVID-19 taskforce) and the Guyana Police Force,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Of the 48 positive COVID-19 cases, four are known to have travelled from another country and the other 44 persons contracted the Coronavirus Disease in Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Let me take this opportunity to remind you that there are neither vaccines nor medications to address the coronavirus disease; the medical personnel will treat you according to the symptoms you present,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We recognize and we know that there are many Guyanese who usually seek care at private health facilities. We want to ensure that we can work with these private entities to ensure that they can provide these services,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This is everybody’s fight. We do not embrace the RAPID tests for the testing of COVID-19,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Let me take this opportunity to remind you that there are no vaccines nor medications to address the Coronavirus disease; the medical personnel will treat you according to the symptoms you present,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “COVID-19 is real and its a killer, the only way you can protect yourself and save your life is to stay home. Just Stay home! Essential Workers, do remember to cover your nose and mouth when leaving home,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:11:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We recognise and we know that there are many Guyanese who usually seek care at private health facilities. We want to ensure that we can work with these private entities to ensure that they can provide these services,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We in the health sector beg of you to co-operate with us and just stay home,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths are rising…we wish to reiterate that we can stop the transmission and reduce deaths if you follow the provided guidelines” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added ( about Victor Wong ) : “I wish to state that all of the regions are in receipt of the various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In Region Three, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of a private citizen for Wakenaam, Victor Wong, who is offering his services to sanitize the Sans Souci Police Station and the Wakenaam Cottage Hospital. Bravo to you, sir!” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:22:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Three families of the index case, who had tested positive and had two post isolation tests, have tested negative for the disease,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I cannot stress enough the need to protect yourselves and follow guidelines. If we are to keep numbers down, you must follow guidelines…this disease does not pick and choose who it will affect, so you will not escape if you are laid back. If you do not adhere, it is likely you will contract the disease and even die,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added ( about Victor Wong ) : “I wish to state that all of the regions are in receipt of the various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In Region Three, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of a private citizen for Wakenaam, Victor Wong, who is offering his services to sanitize the Sans Souci Police Station and the Wakenaam Cottage Hospital. Bravo to you, sir!” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reported : “It is embargoed to the public and persons who do not have anything to do with the response to COVID-19 and this is as a result of what happened previously when information was placed in the public domain without the patients knowing their status or the family members being informed about their loved ones,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, April 5, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Ministry of Public Health extend deep condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Ms. Collins. Ms. Collins was considered an ‘imported case’ as she had recently travelled to the United States of America,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Of that number (the expected 1,400) , we would be preparing for 100 requiring ICU, 300 isolation beds across the country along with the capacity for 730 beds for institutional quarantine,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “this is health, there are some barriers in terms of information that we can give out” “We cannot in any way trample on the privacy of our patients, and the question asked will do so,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The number of persons tested, moved from 44-46…eight positive, thirty-seven negative and one inconclusive,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Of that number we will be preparing for 100 persons requiring ICU attention, 300 isolation beds and building capacity for 730 beds for institutional quarantine,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In my report yesterday (Friday), I mentioned PAHO’s donation of test kits to the Ministry. I wish to express the MoPH’s gratitude to our PAHO partner for this donation and to highlight the overwhelming support that we have received during our preparatory planning and implementation of our National Response Plan since our first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I am happy to announce that the ministry has received an additional 1,100 test kits from PAHO, bringing the total number of donated testing kits to 1,800,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There is a log book in place to record all visitors and collect their names, medical background, destination and other information…the monitoring of travel will allow for early reporting and timely responses to any COVID-19 situation,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There is an adequate supply of testing kits and [Personal Protective Equipment] for our medical personnel” External link

stabroeknews Friday, March 27, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “I wish to dispel fears with regard to reports of a positive case being in Region Nine. This is not a case for Guyana. The individual in question did not visit Guyana for the last two weeks prior to his confirmed status or after it was discovered. We are aware that his relative, who operates a business in Lethem, is under quarantine in Brazil, not Guyana. Both individuals are in Brazil,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, March 27, 2020 8:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “They were advised before their return that they will be in quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. We wish to reiterate that these measures are an effort to protect all of us. All medical services are catered for at our sites,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, March 27, 2020 8:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The Government is sparing no effort to address the Coronavirus. Presently the EOC [Emergency Operations Centre] is preparing another site to house persons who may have come into contact with a confirmed case. This facility will cater for some 250 cases,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The private sector, other ministries and all citizens have to demonstrate the will and national spirit so that mobilisation is concerted and there is a collective effort,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This is not an issue which will disappear at a flash… we have evidence that it is on a rampage…it has a foothold in several countries across the world,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Given the increase in the number of cases in Germany and France, I am requesting that the backtrack entry to travelers from Suriname be closed during the period February 29 through March 7, 2020. The Ministry of Public Health believes that since our security will be dispatched for the General and Regional Elections, travel activity at this soft entry point can increase significantly, thus posing a threat to the citizens of Guyana,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, March 1, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “I was told, unofficially, a couple days ago that he was back on the job. I am waiting for the [GPHC] Board [of Directors] to now send something to me based on the report and the findings of the report. I am not aware that there has been a board meeting since that receipt of the report,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The presence of this facility means that they don’t have to leave the catchment area to access healthcare elsewhere…gone are the days when you had to find transportation to access primary healthcare,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It is an important aspect of the ministry’s mission for advancement of primary healthcare…this is long overdue, but it has been realised and residents have a new, well-equipped facility” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The package of healthcare services will be delivered right here, so none of you can say the health centre is far away…persons will even be able to be treated for more than one illness at the same time, because we have the skills and expertise there,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Prioritise your personal health and focus on preventative measures to avoid getting ill…you must be cognisant of the risk factors of unhealthy practices and use the health centre as a back-up for good health. Use it in a positive way to improve your life,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “As public health minister, I want to go on record to deny that there are cases of the Coronavirus in Guyana. We wish to ask the police to address persons who are seeking to incite and scare the population on such a very serious health issue,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 5, 2020 11:01:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 5, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:48:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Forward ever, backward never indeed…let’s get down to business…in 2015, every single vote we cast for the coalition was to achieve a result, long fought for… we achieved those results,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In 2017 alone, $502 million was spent for roads, bridges and water…by 2019, it was $605.5 million…I ask you to compare that to the past administration,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It didn’t stop there, if you know your heart ain’t good you better sit for this one…we, a caring government, which is concerned about the health of the people, invested $1.1 billion for healthcare in Region Four, in 2016,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “we spent billions to keep you healthy and because of that, today we are bringing to you, services which you never had before” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The days of having to spend a lot of money on transportation are over…all you will have to do is pick up the phone and dial 911,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Imagine you never even had aspirin under the PPP/C, but we have put Guyana back on the right path, with good, free and accessible health for all…public hospitals now have equipment to treat complex illnesses,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And after 6 o clock hit, comrades, you should already have your bath and put on your nightshift clothing. You understand what I am saying comrades? This is not a time to be caught sleeping; they must not catch us sleeping. At 6 o clock, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you are out there; just let them know everything is covered APNU+ AFC,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “At 6 o clock, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you are out there; just let them know everything is covered APNU+ AFC,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have witnessed the development across this country. Roads, bridges, water, lights in our streets, security, improvements in so many, many areas. We also know that Rome was not built in a day; we know that there is still much more to be done. And after March 2, we will get on with the business of building this nation,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, January 20, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence told ( about George Lewis ) : “The [GPHC] CEO [Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis] verbally informed me that they have received the report from the committee that was put together, and they will be holding their in-house meeting to review the report and then recommendations will be made to address that,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, January 20, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And after 6 o clock hit, comrades, you should already have your bath and put on your nightshift clothing. You understand what I am saying comrades? This is not a time to be caught sleeping; they must not catch us sleeping. At 6 o clock, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you are out there; just let them know everything is covered APNU+ AFC,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, January 20, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have to get out there. We have to stand in solidarity with our teachers. I will be outside the court to send a clear message that there will be no more fake police force in the country. As women we will not tolerate the abuse of our women irrespective of what she has done,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We did not have enough to spread around in all the health facilities and, in many instances, we still had fathers delivering babies, birth attendants delivering babies and so forth, but what we sought to do was to address that gap by training young people from various hinterland villages,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We no longer have more than one patient on a bed as was the case in the past,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “You need to understand that we in the government cannot solve the issues we have on our own, the issues must be solved collectively,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Through PAHO, we obtained several suits and placed them in the hinterland…when there was an issue, the use of the suit kicks in, so by the time the medical experts reach, they can take over that patient and it helped to reduce the deaths we are having, especially in Region One (Barima-Waini),” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I said I had to be here. I am here because I would always give support to women activities, but more particularly I want to embrace Dr. Sonia Noel. She really stands out for me as a Guyanese woman, as an icon,” “Sonia started this Expo several years ago and I was very happy to have been invited to be a part of that embryonic stage of this exhibition. She has continuously held on to her passion and continue to bring other women along with her. This is the reality show of women in Guyana and what they can do. What excites me more is that 90% of the time their businesses are on local products, exhibiting what we can do with all of the things that God has blessed this country with. This is certainly how we are going to build this country” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 22, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “We met and you will hear from us shortly. The coalition has always been strong. We are good, you will hear from us shortly,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 22, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “History shows clearly that at no point was protecting sugar workers’ jobs a priority for the dishonest PPP. If the PPP was concerned for the welfare of the sugar workers then the $348 Billion would have gone to those workers and to GuySuco. But instead of putting money in the sugar workers pockets” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Irfan Ali ) : “The PNCR calls on all Guyanese to be vigilant, and not be fooled by the ‘snake-oil salesmen’ of the dishonest PPP. For 23 years, the PPP and Irfaan Ali failed Guyanese, driving important industries to collapse, putting people’s livelihoods at risk and costing tens of thousands to lose their jobs,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Raj Singh was paid millions of dollars a month to run GuySuCo, and he did not even live in Guyana. The PPP, instead of giving money to the sugar workers, wasted it by flying Raj Singh back and forth from the USA to Guyana first-class. Now the PPP leadership, Irfaan Ali and the Party General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, sits in their multi-million-dollar water-front mansions, pretending to care, while sugar workers struggle to survive” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I will say to you that the negotiations are in place, and it is a negotiation, and at the end of that negotiation, both parties will be speaking on all the matters, I’m quite certain, with the full media,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about David Granger ) : “Under the leadership of David Granger we have made significant strides towards achieving this and we will continue to do so in the years ahead. The PNCR, along with the Coalition partners in the APNU+AFC, are building and maintaining critical infrastructure to support growth and drive sustainable job creation,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reminded : “When the Coalition APNU+AFC entered office in May 2015, the public servant minimum wage stood at a paltry $39,540. Prior to our accession to office, we made a commitment to improve the wages and salaries of public servants. We kept that promise from $39,540 under the PPP to $70,000 today under our administration,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence declared ( about Our Party ) : “Our party – the PNCR – started as a working class party and we will never give up fighting for the workers and we will never give up fighting for the workers of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “The elimination of mother-to-child transmission of Hepatitis B is high on the international agenda, and Guyana has entered the race. We want to actively engage in this fight and we want to see it through to the end,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, November 13, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence declared : “The Coalition Government is concerned with the development of our people so in the health sector we want to ensure that we not just talking and writing on paper about accessibility, availability and all these other measures for you to be able to access health services. We want to ensure that action is taken,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “Having a cadre of graduands coming forward, in a few weeks is a great outlook… We, in Guyana, have not been taking this particular illness seriously. As a matter of fact, persons would stigmatise persons or families who have someone suffering from this illness, but now, we recognise that it is important for all of us to be able to have at our disposal these services,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “I do concur that the significance of research cannot be underestimated, and so it is the remit of the ministry to do its utmost to encourage and invest in medical research,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 4, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Guyana has made tremendous progress in recent years, in the roll-out of mass drug distribution. We have been able to have a coverage of 85 per cent, and this is thanks to our doctors who ensure that these medications are distributed throughout the length and breadth of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 1, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are looking to have a meeting within another day or two, we are working on that. As you know we are both ministers, we have a portfolio, so definitely we want to have a family meeting,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 1, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “These are confirmed issues during the tenure of the PPP with regards to bringing them to the courts [but] despite the various investigations launched, what we fail to be able to do right now is to get the witnesses to come forward because people are still afraid,” “We have persons within the country who are still traumatised by some of the things meted out to them or their families. As we move along the continuum, I’m quite certain that for many of those issues, people will become more confident and we will be able to address those issues in the rightful place, the courts” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “We trust that we will be able to use the protection law for whistleblowers to provide those persons with protection and give them the confidence to come forward and to give evidence. What is the use of going to court if you don’t have witnesses to come forward and substantiate many of the ills that was done in this country,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The government has shown that it would walk the walk even as they talked it before. On assuming government we ensured that we had those investigations done in order to fulfill the promise that was made. We are at a juncture now where we are unable, because of fear, to get those persons to agree to give witness on the stand. We believe as we continue to work with those persons, they will feel more comfortable. Given our passing of the whistleblowers legislation which can give them security. Which can provide them with other opportunities to take care of the fears which they now have,” “It is a work in progress and we believe that our supporters will understand. Many of these [witnesses] are public servants and you can’t force somebody to be a witness, they have to come forward willingly. So we have to ensure we can provide that safe space, give them that protection so they can come forward. It is our responsibility. All of us to encourage those persons” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I can say to you those matters have been discussed. SOCU of itself has been discussed and there are recommendations proffered for the enhancing of SOCU to ensure that those matters, even though they were brought before the court, that we can still go after those people. Now that we know what our weakest point is, we have to ensure that we can address those gaps and issues,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We see ourselves in a partnership; we want to ensure that partnership continues. We believe that we still have that opportunity,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “If after discussions we still, as a team, on both sides cannot find common ground, then these matters will be deferred to the two leaders,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have had amicable and interesting discussions over the meetings which we have had on all the matters. There were other matters which were parked and are no longer parked because we have been able to find consensus and move forward and we are certain that we will be able to find consensus on these two matters, and be able to present to the two Leaders a draft revised accord in a soon as possible time,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “We see ourselves in a partnership; we want to ensure that partnership continues. We believe that we still have that opportunity,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I ask you to focus on this particular segment of our society because we will have to make some extra efforts, [ and to the department heads] when you think about rolling out all the programmes you are thinking about, ask yourselves, managers and programme directors, how the people in the hinterland are going to get it done?” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We believe that this awareness message of healthy bodies and minds can be disseminated from within the school environment to the parents and guardians within the various communities. Our youths must help spread the message of adopting healthy lifestyles to their immediate family in order to bring about desirable health outcomes for our population,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told ( about Claudette Singh ) : “Today we were assured by [GECOM Chairperson Claudette Singh] and [the GECOM] commissioners that no timeline has been set and that they are working to see whether they will be able to hold elections this year, given the time-table which they have and the statutory requirements which they will ensure that they abide by,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “Today we were assured by the Chair and Commissioners that no timeline has [been] set and that they are working to see whether they will be able to hold election this year given the timetable which we have and the statutory requirements which they will ensure that they abide by,” “They did indicate that they will not, in any way, be shortening any process as laid out in the statute but that they are looking at Administrative aspect to see how they can work with that in terms of the deadlines and timelines” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Apart from that, we have been assured that the information from the house-to-house registration process will be used in the up-coming general and regional elections. We also asked whether they had enough finances and other resources at their disposal given the time factor that is now placed upon them and they have assured us that they’re presently looking at that given the changes that they are requesting of their many service providers— of course the cost will go up,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Our goal is to ensure that we reach everyone everywhere. Guyana is a very small and unique country. As a result of that, it has become a stumbling block in terms of people accessing these services,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:31:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence pointed out : “Now the PPP is saying that the list, that they found not to be acceptable, that it is now acceptable,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are all aware, especially the political persons who have been in the opposition, that for many many years we have been trying our best through the due process that is allowed to us, to remove persons from that list that ought not to be there and we never had a chance, irrespective of the documentation that we presented at the objections period,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “By training persons within the region, there is so much more than you can gain. One, they know the people, they know when somebody is not attending the clinic, they know when somebody should be accessing services and is not doing so; there is that connectivity,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are here and so the promise is kept…with the new warehouse and the extension of the Diamond bond, we are well on our way…I feel a sense of awe, pride and accomplishment as I look at this building and compound,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence confirmed : “I had detailed discussions with him [Mr. Copeland],” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Ministry is still in shock…Her loss is devastating to the Public Health Ministry,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I believe in allowing due process to take place,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We at the Ministry of Public Health are mandated to provide quality, affordable health care from the coastland to the hinterland, leaving no one behind, so it behooves us to extend our human resources, our nurses, to provide a fillip to our initiatives to address shortcomings and reach our people even in the most remote location,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, July 7, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There are facts about the current voters’ list that cannot be disputed. It is true that the names of dead people are on the list. It is true that the names of missing or non-existent people are on the list. It is true that the list does not have the names of thousands of young people who recently became 18,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “CAROSAI as the umbrella and guiding organisation of the Region must ensure that the auditing standards and techniques are in sync and on par with international guidelines, so that the Caribbean is not left behind and our member states can optimise their auditing ability to derive the best possible outcomes…the efficient allocation of capital,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “the auditing field is closely watched to ensure they remain out of governments’ influence, so that their independence is not compromised, that audit quality is not prostituted and audit regulation is constantly modernised to eliminate deficiencies in critical aspects,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In this regard, reforms to auditing are widespread in the United Kingdom, in the United States, in Continental Europe, and it is incumbent upon CAROSAI to become au fait with these reforms and in turn to apprise member states of same, so that evaluations can be done on how those reforms can be utilised to enhance our audit mechanism given its intrinsic value to the capital markets and the auditors’ opinion upon which investors rely heavily,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I am aware that in the smaller SAI [Supreme Audit Institutions] member states, the turnover of representatives in office is rapid, and hence PACs are challenged to operate in an effective manner. CAROSAI must therefore find solutions to address the deficiencies in the Region. Some Member SAI States, because of the construct of Parliamentary systems, have many challenges in terms of how the Auditor General’s report is addressed,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “CAROSAI must impress upon Governments in the Region the need to reform laws and legislation, which are no longer relevant and which impede progress,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated ( about Association ) : “We are currently in talks with the University of Guyana to have them start a Master’s in a speech therapy programme, which will be run with the aid and guidance of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, June 24, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We recognised that we need to make an investment, so we said why not have our own place by investing in a building where we can provide these services, since the renting of buildings has been a fiasco,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As part of our commitment to SDGs, we have to take care of the wellbeing of our people and give consideration to bridging the gap of limited storage,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The rental of buildings has been quite a fiasco in Guyana but here we are, a positive for the ministry,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Public Health, is aware of the high levels of adolescent pregnancy plaguing our country… We have prioritised this issue on our health agenda,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence outlined : “Our situation is critical and the recently conducted situation analysis on adolescents, pinpoints that compared to the other ethnic groups, the Indigenous People recorded the highest percentage of teenage pregnancy,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, we are here and we will be signing that three-year project which will be implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Regions One and Nine,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We must approach lifestyle diseases frontally,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In Guyana prevention is at the centre of our health strategy,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Everyone must enjoy a life characterised by wellness, fitness and health…the President in his address at the inaugural health expo last year reminded us of the indisputable connection between good health and good life,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “I don’t think they have the number of persons in Region Five to warrant the setting up a station here. I would preferably look at Region Six. We have Region Six on our list so travelling to Region Six would be easier than travelling to Georgetown. So once we can do that, we are looking at Region Six, Region 10, Region Two and Region Three, to establish centres, but in a public–private partnership so that we could be able to ensure that our patients, if they are requiring three sessions per week, that they get those three sessions,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The good thing about it is that they are all qualified seeking to be a part of that training, wanting to be a part of the Ministry of Public Health,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 26, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I feel so happy about that. This is at a point where people don’t want to leave rather people want to upgrade. So we have been able to provide them with the necessary information and guidance as to how they could do that,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 26, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “On matters such as health, I am happy that our services are available for our cross-border brothers and sisters, since we know in turn that our countrymen access services across the borders as well, especially if we have no facility in the community,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 26, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are therefore renewing the call for families and communities to join us as we continue to work towards protecting the nation from vaccine-preventable diseases,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 26, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are happy that this parent-provider partnership continues to bloom and unlike some countries, we do not have to fight the war of complications from outbreaks because of lack of immunisation,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 26, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We want to ensure that persons have access to health centres… it must be appropriate to the needs of the community,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “We are working with them; the doctors are very happy with the positive signs they are seeing, and we will continue to inform the people of Guyana with updates of these persons,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:08:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “I believe that we are on our way to ensuring that we work towards having universal access to healthcare, but just not having access to healthcare, but having access in a timely manner that would save lives,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:11:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “We don’t want the overcrowding. We want to be able to assess those persons separately even as we provide the normal MCH, outpatient clinics to the members of the community,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As we said, two are critical and those two were diagnosed with leptospirosis, and we are watching them closely. The others, they are not critical, the doctors are very happy at the positive signs that they are seeing,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are asking Region One residents to continue performing their usual hygiene habits such as washing their hands after visiting the washroom; covering their mouths when coughing,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are asking Region One residents to continue performing their usual hygiene habits such as washing their hands after visiting the washroom; covering their mouths when coughing,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 31, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence disclosed : “all the patients have displayed the same signs and symptoms which include pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “We can’t just take for granted the things that have been achieved. People expect more from us and they expect a higher level of service and they are demanding it…so let us ensure that we don’t build pies in the sky, unreachable things, and let us ensure that we plan things that can be executed within the time frame,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence warned : “It means therefore that we must cater for the unexpected, try always to remain one step ahead, and ensure that our procurement process for supply of vaccines is efficient, and that we are prepared to effectively deal with any threat or outbreak,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Let us remember that cancer is rampant in our country and we have to intensify our efforts to sensitize, educate and protect the young assets of our country,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reminded : “I am on record as saying that as of the 31st December 2018, the Ministry of Public Health will not be renting any more bonds,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, February 11, 2019 7:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We will work assiduously to ensure that this matter is dealt with in a very open and transparent way and that we bring it to conclusion at the earlier possible time. What I do ask, however, is to allow due process to take its course,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, February 4, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And this is to ensure that we have an all rounded approach to what transpired with these patients. We believe that having a report from the drugs administered will be able to give clarity in that aspect of the services provided while we look at the human aspect from the hospital point of view,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, February 4, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “I am hoping to meet with the other child’s relatives. At the interim, I express my deepest regrets to the families … We do feel your pain but we will work assiduously to ensure that this matter is dealt with in a very open and transparent way and that we bring it to conclusion at the earlier possible time. What I do ask, however, is to allow due process to take its course,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And this is to ensure that we have an all rounded approach to what transpired with these patients. We believe that having a report from the drugs administered will be able to give clarity in that aspect of the services provided while we look at the human aspect from the hospital point of view,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence commented : “Alison was cognisant from a tender age of the capacity of women to make a difference. Alison demonstrated the heights to which women could climb, and by indefatigable efforts, showed us that nothing is impossible with God. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven; Alison fulfilled that purpose unequivocally. She had a strong sense of family, she loved her country and she dedicated her energies towards its development,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Health Centre ) : “We view the Diamond Diagnostic Centre as a pivotal element within the whole health spectrum, and this initiative will certainly provide care at a higher level for those persons who would want to use the services,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “The Bill will also empower the council to take disciplinary actions against nursing personnel for breach of established standards of professional conduct, and provides for the establishment of a discipline Committee,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Comrades, we got to teach them we have to show them how to put the ‘X’ in the box. Ensure that they get their I.D cards,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, December 28, 2018 7:57:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The platelets generated from the Apheresis machine are of a higher quality and quantity,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, December 7, 2018 6:56:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The system of rotation has to be well mapped out and executed so that there is transparency and the stint does not hint of victimisation or reproof,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We made a pledge to our nation to cater for their health and well-being and we would be doing them a disservice if we do not improve the quality of service in the delivery of primary health care to all, inclusive of those in the remotest areas in our regions,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I proffer this because I have been reliably informed that THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK IN GUYANA although the mosquito which transmits YF is in Guyana and that we are yet to confirm that animals here are free from the disease,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, March 3, 2017 6:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In my capacity as Minister of Public Health, I wish to welcome the Chairman and members on board and would like to share some of my expectations – the Ministry in collaboration with the Board, endeavours to address the various issues that have been clogging the system and shape a vibrant future for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, which functions as a curative and disease management service for the people of Guyana,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “You will agree with me that ineffective governance compromises the ability of the management to succeed and will result in total disarray and disconnect,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This theme endorses President Granger’s overarching commitment to promoting a green economy,” “It affirms his drive to implement policies and initiatives that will change behaviours and lead to healthier lifestyles and the wellbeing of all our citizens” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This celebration of Mashramani, which captures the spirit of our nationhood, a celebration after hard work, is an event in which we all must revel and feel exceptionally proud. I am sure you are eagerly awaiting the moment, as I am, when we can lift our banners high and portray with pride, the various health aspects mirrored in our theme,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “We know you will have good success, we are here to give you moral and spiritual support and we have full confidence in you,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have nothing to hide. We want the best for our students,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence disclosed : “The Ministry of Education will act on behalf the Ministry of Public Health to engage its personnel to prepare multiple choice questions; to administer those questions [and] to have a group of persons recruited to mark the essay part of those questions,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about George Norton ) : “I was visited by several students who laid their concerns, and I was privy to some documents which were sent to Dr George Norton,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “I believe that these persons are well put together to be able to address the several issues which confront the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from policy to standards to vacancies and in order to assist us in being able to achieve that vision of being able to have the Georgetown Public Hospital operate in the manner which it was set out and that is as our tertiary health institution,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:19:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Community Parenting Support Groups offer the mother an opportunity to interact in an ambience that is non-judgemental and respectful; they need not fear disrespect nor disdain, but rather can participate freely in discussions that concern their maternal health and learn more about their bodies and other related pregnancy topics” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 6, 2017 6:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Junior Minister ) : “I believe those are issues which myself and the Junior Minister will chew on with some of our partners in terms of how we move forward,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:37:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are looking at our critical levels because if you look at your critical levels it gives you time to place an order to have the process done because all of that is taken into consideration in arriving at that level. We have to ensure that we have the right data, the correct information. We have to correct from within. The government has recognised that there are issues and that we also recognise and believe that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation and we are working towards removing the bottlenecks and removing the gaps. I have dedicated persons, intelligent persons and persons fitting to be in this sector. What I have to do is to give them the tools to do their work and do it in a timely manner,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The infectious disease staff was sent in to look at all the elements to ascertain which element was the cause. We looked at the animals, drinking water and mining,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:53:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained ( about George Norton ) : “On Christmas Eve, former Minister of Health, Dr. George Norton visited the villages and took medication including those for Gastroenteritis,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:53:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “So when we have to remove children, one of the parents not involved in the reason why they are being removed from the home (in the first place)… we can accommodate that family member there, and we can keep them there until the court decides on the programme best suited for the affected child,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “So instead of them going to the lockups or remaining in the situation, they can find themselves in a comfortable space whereby we can help,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence informed : “I am disappointed in us not being able to get off the ground the kind of programmes that we have at the Guyana Women’s Leadership Institute. In terms of legislation there are many we are aware of that we need to amend and we did not get them off the ground,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Desmond Hoyte ) : “As we reflect on Mr. Hoyte’s management and contribution to the social climate during the period under review, we cannot fail to recognize his resolve as he attempted to restore the country to a path of sustainable economic growth and through policies and measures sought to enhance the lives of the Guyanese nation,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence concluded : “We salute this hero of our soil and pray that he will continue to find peace and rest” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Tonight we are here to stand in solidarity with our President: that this building must be used for all Guyanese,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, December 31, 2016 7:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Sir ) : “Mr. Speaker, I wish to state that the incentive that the opposition implemented for the elderly to exempt them from the payment of electricity and water lacked transparency and did not benefit all the elderly consumers. This is a caring government, Sir, there is no disparity in the distribution of the pension; all are entitled to the same equitable increase without exception,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, December 9, 2016 5:12:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated ( about Hugo Chavez ) : “The climate at that Institution is motivational and it is the Ministry’s hope that other homes will emulate the residents of the Hugo Chavez Home and transform their lives through similar initiatives,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, December 9, 2016 5:12:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “We want to ensure that we have a generation who understands the importance of keeping our ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ in the home. And not to look towards institutions to place our elderly,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence pointed out : “We need to initiate the change from within us and then set about eradicating the prevalence of violence in our society… we ourselves have to free ourselves from the violent acts that are etched in our minds. Violence has become embedded in our daily routine. We are no longer willing to resolve matters amicably; a dispute is settled with a blow or the flash of a weapon,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “Our women and men folk are sexually harassed; we intimidate and harass those with alternative lifestyles; we are all exhibiting some form of violent action. Yes, in our psyche, violence has become an acceptable way of life and this is perhaps the reason why our responses are not vocal, appear luke-warm, and are sometimes indifferent to the extreme forms of violence that are being perpetrated,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence ordered : “the minimum rate of wages payable to an employed person shall not be less than $255.00 per hour or $2,040 per day or $10,200.00 per week or $44,200.00 per month, as the case may be” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:57:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The Ministry of Public Service now has in its possession an excellent working document that will provide guidelines and enable the minister to craft strategic plans and programmes for several years, as the APNU+AFC Government seeks to initiate changes that will significantly impact on the quality of the service that the Public Service Ministry offers,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, November 23, 2016 3:20:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence saying : “this is a family issue that has been going on and on and on and on for whatever reason, I can’t tell you, because if I had a brother, even if there was an accusation, this is not how I would go about helping him” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, August 20, 2016 8:09:00 AM EAT



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Volda Lawrence told : “The incubation period for this virus can range from 14 days to 31 days; so we will do mass testing. We will be able to identify those persons who are sharing the disease because our rate of transmission is for every one person who gets the disease, they infect three persons. Therefore, the mass testing can pull in those people who are ‘shedding’ and they don’t even know it,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “People may think they ate something bad and have diarrhoea or a constant headache, but they might be infected,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The fact that today we can be able to open the airport for Guyanese who are in various countries, today specifically we looked at the USA,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:56:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence informed : “We would have been able to put in place several elements needed to ensure that we can be able to cushion any effects that will spill out from persons travelling from high-risk countries to Guyana,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As we look through those lenses on 54 years of development, let us use this opportunity to reflect on our strengths and let this guide the path we take as we move this nation forward. Health wise let us come together as a resilient nation to win this fight against COVID-19” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It is not for the APNU or any other political party to say at this point ‘I want 10 or 20 [workstations],’” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “If anybody wants to talk about politicising COVID-19, see the PPP; they are the ones that put people’s lives at stake. Since January when we were talking about it, they were telling people that I was lying; I was using it as a political gimmick. Well, we have 10 persons dead, and over 100 people who would have contracted this virus, including children, and four families,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Today (Monday), 61 days after our first positive case, we are faced with a situation where over the weekend, we recorded seven new cases and today we are reporting yet another five new cases bringing the total number of new cases in three days to 12 and the total number of confirmed cases to 109,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Fellow Guyanese, we have constantly been pleading with you to come forward if you have been in contact with a positive case. We have also listed the areas where confirmed cases have been identified but still there is a reluctance for you to disclose your contacts,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We must seriously think about flattening the curve and containing the spread of the virus so that we all can return to normalcy. Therefore, we ask you to put aside fear & stigma and come forward and provide the information so that your loved one, your friend or acquaintance can avoid the risk of contracting this disease and possibly losing their life,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “With regard to the social distancing guidelines, you have interpreted them to suit your own agenda. Not only are you continuing to congregate in large numbers, but you are also out there way past the curfew time and with no face mask for your protection and those around you” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “You know all these guidelines, so please adhere to them so that we can get on with our lives and our livelihood,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It is extremely unfair to those who are following the guidelines to be placed at unnecessary risk. From the inception you were all told that we can stop COVID-19 from spreading; by simply staying home and following all the precautionary guidelines; that advice is still in effect. You know all these guidelines, so please adhere to them so that we can get on with our lives and our livelihood,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “On day 9 with 6 confirmed cases we began implementing measures with the closure of all international airports. On day 24 when another 33 cases were confirmed, the Ministry of Public Health instituted the curfew, the rotation policy, the stay at home and work from home policies as well as the closing of several businesses. We are now at day 50 and we are right where we began with another 43 cases, a 110% increase in less than one month. I want to ask you my fellow Guyanese what is it that you want? It’s obvious that you are not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. How else can we explain a 110% increase in positive cases in less than a month” External link

stabroeknews Monday, May 4, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Health Centre ) : “On day nine, with six confirmed cases, we began implementing measures with the closure of all international airports. On day 24, when another 33 cases were confirmed, the Ministry of Public Health instituted the curfew, the rotation policy, the stay at home and work from home policies as well as the closing of several businesses. We are now at day 50 and we are right where we began with another 43 cases, a 110 per cent increase in less than one month,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence asked : “Do you want to stop it? Everyone has a role to play. What role are you playing?” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We need to stop and take stock of this situation; you must adhere to the guidelines provided or we will be in a situation that we cannot control (repeat). Many of you have read the article of the Spanish Flu and how Guyana suffered during that period. And certainly, we do not want a repeat of this,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As you are aware, Georgetown is the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease with 55% of all confirmed cases residing in Central Georgetown,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence urged : “As these units are put in place, I urge you to make use of this opportunity; utilize our services and help us to flatten the curve, contain this disease and get back to normalcy,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As you are aware, Georgetown is the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease with 55% of all confirmed cases residing in Central Georgetown,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reported : “Of the 23 persons, 12 of them improved, and have been removed to a step-down facility… There have been five deaths in our COVID-19 ICU, and one person has so far recovered,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 24, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There are worrying upward trends in Central & South America, even though the numbers are relatively low…Make no mistake, we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 24, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “People, we need to take noted that there are 67 positive cases and 63 of those persons contracted the disease right here…our confirmed cases continue to climb and Georgetown has been identified as the epicenter,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Our confirmed cases in Region Four-represent more than 80 per cent with most cases in Georgetown,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 17, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As it is now, 14 are in institutional quarantine, 42 are in isolation and there are four persons in our COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU),” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 17, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “So, I am appealing to all those persons who fall in this group to take all precautions to prevent this disease. Further, if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 act promptly and seek medical assistance via our Hotline, the COVID-19 app and the nearest Health Facility,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 17, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “Of the 57 positive COVID-19 cases, four are known to have a travel history and the other 53 persons contracted the Coronavirus Disease in Guyana,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 17, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence concluded ( about Shamdeo Persaud ) : “Dr. Persaud also mentioned that in Guyana there is a large group of persons as early as their mid-twenties who have these conditions. So, I am appealing to all those persons who fall in this group to take all precautions to prevent this disease. Further, if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, act promptly and seek medical assistance via our hotline, the COVID-19 app and/or the nearest Health Facility,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 17, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence announced : “They were intercepted and placed in institutional quarantine thanks to the team work of the (COVID-19 taskforce) and the Guyana Police Force,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Of the 48 positive COVID-19 cases, four are known to have travelled from another country and the other 44 persons contracted the Coronavirus Disease in Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Let me take this opportunity to remind you that there are neither vaccines nor medications to address the coronavirus disease; the medical personnel will treat you according to the symptoms you present,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We recognize and we know that there are many Guyanese who usually seek care at private health facilities. We want to ensure that we can work with these private entities to ensure that they can provide these services,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This is everybody’s fight. We do not embrace the RAPID tests for the testing of COVID-19,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Let me take this opportunity to remind you that there are no vaccines nor medications to address the Coronavirus disease; the medical personnel will treat you according to the symptoms you present,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “COVID-19 is real and its a killer, the only way you can protect yourself and save your life is to stay home. Just Stay home! Essential Workers, do remember to cover your nose and mouth when leaving home,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:11:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We recognise and we know that there are many Guyanese who usually seek care at private health facilities. We want to ensure that we can work with these private entities to ensure that they can provide these services,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We in the health sector beg of you to co-operate with us and just stay home,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths are rising…we wish to reiterate that we can stop the transmission and reduce deaths if you follow the provided guidelines” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added ( about Victor Wong ) : “I wish to state that all of the regions are in receipt of the various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In Region Three, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of a private citizen for Wakenaam, Victor Wong, who is offering his services to sanitize the Sans Souci Police Station and the Wakenaam Cottage Hospital. Bravo to you, sir!” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:22:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Three families of the index case, who had tested positive and had two post isolation tests, have tested negative for the disease,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I cannot stress enough the need to protect yourselves and follow guidelines. If we are to keep numbers down, you must follow guidelines…this disease does not pick and choose who it will affect, so you will not escape if you are laid back. If you do not adhere, it is likely you will contract the disease and even die,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added ( about Victor Wong ) : “I wish to state that all of the regions are in receipt of the various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In Region Three, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of a private citizen for Wakenaam, Victor Wong, who is offering his services to sanitize the Sans Souci Police Station and the Wakenaam Cottage Hospital. Bravo to you, sir!” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reported : “It is embargoed to the public and persons who do not have anything to do with the response to COVID-19 and this is as a result of what happened previously when information was placed in the public domain without the patients knowing their status or the family members being informed about their loved ones,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, April 5, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Ministry of Public Health extend deep condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Ms. Collins. Ms. Collins was considered an ‘imported case’ as she had recently travelled to the United States of America,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Of that number (the expected 1,400) , we would be preparing for 100 requiring ICU, 300 isolation beds across the country along with the capacity for 730 beds for institutional quarantine,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “this is health, there are some barriers in terms of information that we can give out” “We cannot in any way trample on the privacy of our patients, and the question asked will do so,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The number of persons tested, moved from 44-46…eight positive, thirty-seven negative and one inconclusive,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Of that number we will be preparing for 100 persons requiring ICU attention, 300 isolation beds and building capacity for 730 beds for institutional quarantine,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In my report yesterday (Friday), I mentioned PAHO’s donation of test kits to the Ministry. I wish to express the MoPH’s gratitude to our PAHO partner for this donation and to highlight the overwhelming support that we have received during our preparatory planning and implementation of our National Response Plan since our first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I am happy to announce that the ministry has received an additional 1,100 test kits from PAHO, bringing the total number of donated testing kits to 1,800,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There is a log book in place to record all visitors and collect their names, medical background, destination and other information…the monitoring of travel will allow for early reporting and timely responses to any COVID-19 situation,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There is an adequate supply of testing kits and [Personal Protective Equipment] for our medical personnel” External link

stabroeknews Friday, March 27, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “I wish to dispel fears with regard to reports of a positive case being in Region Nine. This is not a case for Guyana. The individual in question did not visit Guyana for the last two weeks prior to his confirmed status or after it was discovered. We are aware that his relative, who operates a business in Lethem, is under quarantine in Brazil, not Guyana. Both individuals are in Brazil,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, March 27, 2020 8:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “They were advised before their return that they will be in quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. We wish to reiterate that these measures are an effort to protect all of us. All medical services are catered for at our sites,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, March 27, 2020 8:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The Government is sparing no effort to address the Coronavirus. Presently the EOC [Emergency Operations Centre] is preparing another site to house persons who may have come into contact with a confirmed case. This facility will cater for some 250 cases,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The private sector, other ministries and all citizens have to demonstrate the will and national spirit so that mobilisation is concerted and there is a collective effort,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This is not an issue which will disappear at a flash… we have evidence that it is on a rampage…it has a foothold in several countries across the world,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Given the increase in the number of cases in Germany and France, I am requesting that the backtrack entry to travelers from Suriname be closed during the period February 29 through March 7, 2020. The Ministry of Public Health believes that since our security will be dispatched for the General and Regional Elections, travel activity at this soft entry point can increase significantly, thus posing a threat to the citizens of Guyana,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, March 1, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “I was told, unofficially, a couple days ago that he was back on the job. I am waiting for the [GPHC] Board [of Directors] to now send something to me based on the report and the findings of the report. I am not aware that there has been a board meeting since that receipt of the report,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The presence of this facility means that they don’t have to leave the catchment area to access healthcare elsewhere…gone are the days when you had to find transportation to access primary healthcare,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It is an important aspect of the ministry’s mission for advancement of primary healthcare…this is long overdue, but it has been realised and residents have a new, well-equipped facility” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The package of healthcare services will be delivered right here, so none of you can say the health centre is far away…persons will even be able to be treated for more than one illness at the same time, because we have the skills and expertise there,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Prioritise your personal health and focus on preventative measures to avoid getting ill…you must be cognisant of the risk factors of unhealthy practices and use the health centre as a back-up for good health. Use it in a positive way to improve your life,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “As public health minister, I want to go on record to deny that there are cases of the Coronavirus in Guyana. We wish to ask the police to address persons who are seeking to incite and scare the population on such a very serious health issue,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 5, 2020 11:01:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 5, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “While this virus started off in China, as a Region we are flagging all high-risk countries,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:48:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Forward ever, backward never indeed…let’s get down to business…in 2015, every single vote we cast for the coalition was to achieve a result, long fought for… we achieved those results,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In 2017 alone, $502 million was spent for roads, bridges and water…by 2019, it was $605.5 million…I ask you to compare that to the past administration,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “It didn’t stop there, if you know your heart ain’t good you better sit for this one…we, a caring government, which is concerned about the health of the people, invested $1.1 billion for healthcare in Region Four, in 2016,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “we spent billions to keep you healthy and because of that, today we are bringing to you, services which you never had before” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The days of having to spend a lot of money on transportation are over…all you will have to do is pick up the phone and dial 911,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Imagine you never even had aspirin under the PPP/C, but we have put Guyana back on the right path, with good, free and accessible health for all…public hospitals now have equipment to treat complex illnesses,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And after 6 o clock hit, comrades, you should already have your bath and put on your nightshift clothing. You understand what I am saying comrades? This is not a time to be caught sleeping; they must not catch us sleeping. At 6 o clock, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you are out there; just let them know everything is covered APNU+ AFC,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “At 6 o clock, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you are out there; just let them know everything is covered APNU+ AFC,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have witnessed the development across this country. Roads, bridges, water, lights in our streets, security, improvements in so many, many areas. We also know that Rome was not built in a day; we know that there is still much more to be done. And after March 2, we will get on with the business of building this nation,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, January 20, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence told ( about George Lewis ) : “The [GPHC] CEO [Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis] verbally informed me that they have received the report from the committee that was put together, and they will be holding their in-house meeting to review the report and then recommendations will be made to address that,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, January 20, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And after 6 o clock hit, comrades, you should already have your bath and put on your nightshift clothing. You understand what I am saying comrades? This is not a time to be caught sleeping; they must not catch us sleeping. At 6 o clock, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you are out there; just let them know everything is covered APNU+ AFC,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, January 20, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have to get out there. We have to stand in solidarity with our teachers. I will be outside the court to send a clear message that there will be no more fake police force in the country. As women we will not tolerate the abuse of our women irrespective of what she has done,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We did not have enough to spread around in all the health facilities and, in many instances, we still had fathers delivering babies, birth attendants delivering babies and so forth, but what we sought to do was to address that gap by training young people from various hinterland villages,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We no longer have more than one patient on a bed as was the case in the past,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “You need to understand that we in the government cannot solve the issues we have on our own, the issues must be solved collectively,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Through PAHO, we obtained several suits and placed them in the hinterland…when there was an issue, the use of the suit kicks in, so by the time the medical experts reach, they can take over that patient and it helped to reduce the deaths we are having, especially in Region One (Barima-Waini),” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I said I had to be here. I am here because I would always give support to women activities, but more particularly I want to embrace Dr. Sonia Noel. She really stands out for me as a Guyanese woman, as an icon,” “Sonia started this Expo several years ago and I was very happy to have been invited to be a part of that embryonic stage of this exhibition. She has continuously held on to her passion and continue to bring other women along with her. This is the reality show of women in Guyana and what they can do. What excites me more is that 90% of the time their businesses are on local products, exhibiting what we can do with all of the things that God has blessed this country with. This is certainly how we are going to build this country” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 22, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “We met and you will hear from us shortly. The coalition has always been strong. We are good, you will hear from us shortly,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 22, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “History shows clearly that at no point was protecting sugar workers’ jobs a priority for the dishonest PPP. If the PPP was concerned for the welfare of the sugar workers then the $348 Billion would have gone to those workers and to GuySuco. But instead of putting money in the sugar workers pockets” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Irfan Ali ) : “The PNCR calls on all Guyanese to be vigilant, and not be fooled by the ‘snake-oil salesmen’ of the dishonest PPP. For 23 years, the PPP and Irfaan Ali failed Guyanese, driving important industries to collapse, putting people’s livelihoods at risk and costing tens of thousands to lose their jobs,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Raj Singh was paid millions of dollars a month to run GuySuCo, and he did not even live in Guyana. The PPP, instead of giving money to the sugar workers, wasted it by flying Raj Singh back and forth from the USA to Guyana first-class. Now the PPP leadership, Irfaan Ali and the Party General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, sits in their multi-million-dollar water-front mansions, pretending to care, while sugar workers struggle to survive” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I will say to you that the negotiations are in place, and it is a negotiation, and at the end of that negotiation, both parties will be speaking on all the matters, I’m quite certain, with the full media,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about David Granger ) : “Under the leadership of David Granger we have made significant strides towards achieving this and we will continue to do so in the years ahead. The PNCR, along with the Coalition partners in the APNU+AFC, are building and maintaining critical infrastructure to support growth and drive sustainable job creation,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reminded : “When the Coalition APNU+AFC entered office in May 2015, the public servant minimum wage stood at a paltry $39,540. Prior to our accession to office, we made a commitment to improve the wages and salaries of public servants. We kept that promise from $39,540 under the PPP to $70,000 today under our administration,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence declared ( about Our Party ) : “Our party – the PNCR – started as a working class party and we will never give up fighting for the workers and we will never give up fighting for the workers of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “The elimination of mother-to-child transmission of Hepatitis B is high on the international agenda, and Guyana has entered the race. We want to actively engage in this fight and we want to see it through to the end,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, November 13, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence declared : “The Coalition Government is concerned with the development of our people so in the health sector we want to ensure that we not just talking and writing on paper about accessibility, availability and all these other measures for you to be able to access health services. We want to ensure that action is taken,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “Having a cadre of graduands coming forward, in a few weeks is a great outlook… We, in Guyana, have not been taking this particular illness seriously. As a matter of fact, persons would stigmatise persons or families who have someone suffering from this illness, but now, we recognise that it is important for all of us to be able to have at our disposal these services,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “I do concur that the significance of research cannot be underestimated, and so it is the remit of the ministry to do its utmost to encourage and invest in medical research,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 4, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Guyana has made tremendous progress in recent years, in the roll-out of mass drug distribution. We have been able to have a coverage of 85 per cent, and this is thanks to our doctors who ensure that these medications are distributed throughout the length and breadth of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 1, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are looking to have a meeting within another day or two, we are working on that. As you know we are both ministers, we have a portfolio, so definitely we want to have a family meeting,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, November 1, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “These are confirmed issues during the tenure of the PPP with regards to bringing them to the courts [but] despite the various investigations launched, what we fail to be able to do right now is to get the witnesses to come forward because people are still afraid,” “We have persons within the country who are still traumatised by some of the things meted out to them or their families. As we move along the continuum, I’m quite certain that for many of those issues, people will become more confident and we will be able to address those issues in the rightful place, the courts” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “We trust that we will be able to use the protection law for whistleblowers to provide those persons with protection and give them the confidence to come forward and to give evidence. What is the use of going to court if you don’t have witnesses to come forward and substantiate many of the ills that was done in this country,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The government has shown that it would walk the walk even as they talked it before. On assuming government we ensured that we had those investigations done in order to fulfill the promise that was made. We are at a juncture now where we are unable, because of fear, to get those persons to agree to give witness on the stand. We believe as we continue to work with those persons, they will feel more comfortable. Given our passing of the whistleblowers legislation which can give them security. Which can provide them with other opportunities to take care of the fears which they now have,” “It is a work in progress and we believe that our supporters will understand. Many of these [witnesses] are public servants and you can’t force somebody to be a witness, they have to come forward willingly. So we have to ensure we can provide that safe space, give them that protection so they can come forward. It is our responsibility. All of us to encourage those persons” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I can say to you those matters have been discussed. SOCU of itself has been discussed and there are recommendations proffered for the enhancing of SOCU to ensure that those matters, even though they were brought before the court, that we can still go after those people. Now that we know what our weakest point is, we have to ensure that we can address those gaps and issues,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We see ourselves in a partnership; we want to ensure that partnership continues. We believe that we still have that opportunity,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “If after discussions we still, as a team, on both sides cannot find common ground, then these matters will be deferred to the two leaders,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have had amicable and interesting discussions over the meetings which we have had on all the matters. There were other matters which were parked and are no longer parked because we have been able to find consensus and move forward and we are certain that we will be able to find consensus on these two matters, and be able to present to the two Leaders a draft revised accord in a soon as possible time,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “We see ourselves in a partnership; we want to ensure that partnership continues. We believe that we still have that opportunity,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I ask you to focus on this particular segment of our society because we will have to make some extra efforts, [ and to the department heads] when you think about rolling out all the programmes you are thinking about, ask yourselves, managers and programme directors, how the people in the hinterland are going to get it done?” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We believe that this awareness message of healthy bodies and minds can be disseminated from within the school environment to the parents and guardians within the various communities. Our youths must help spread the message of adopting healthy lifestyles to their immediate family in order to bring about desirable health outcomes for our population,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told ( about Claudette Singh ) : “Today we were assured by [GECOM Chairperson Claudette Singh] and [the GECOM] commissioners that no timeline has been set and that they are working to see whether they will be able to hold elections this year, given the time-table which they have and the statutory requirements which they will ensure that they abide by,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “Today we were assured by the Chair and Commissioners that no timeline has [been] set and that they are working to see whether they will be able to hold election this year given the timetable which we have and the statutory requirements which they will ensure that they abide by,” “They did indicate that they will not, in any way, be shortening any process as laid out in the statute but that they are looking at Administrative aspect to see how they can work with that in terms of the deadlines and timelines” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Apart from that, we have been assured that the information from the house-to-house registration process will be used in the up-coming general and regional elections. We also asked whether they had enough finances and other resources at their disposal given the time factor that is now placed upon them and they have assured us that they’re presently looking at that given the changes that they are requesting of their many service providers— of course the cost will go up,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:59:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Our goal is to ensure that we reach everyone everywhere. Guyana is a very small and unique country. As a result of that, it has become a stumbling block in terms of people accessing these services,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:31:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence pointed out : “Now the PPP is saying that the list, that they found not to be acceptable, that it is now acceptable,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are all aware, especially the political persons who have been in the opposition, that for many many years we have been trying our best through the due process that is allowed to us, to remove persons from that list that ought not to be there and we never had a chance, irrespective of the documentation that we presented at the objections period,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “By training persons within the region, there is so much more than you can gain. One, they know the people, they know when somebody is not attending the clinic, they know when somebody should be accessing services and is not doing so; there is that connectivity,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are here and so the promise is kept…with the new warehouse and the extension of the Diamond bond, we are well on our way…I feel a sense of awe, pride and accomplishment as I look at this building and compound,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence confirmed : “I had detailed discussions with him [Mr. Copeland],” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Ministry is still in shock…Her loss is devastating to the Public Health Ministry,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I believe in allowing due process to take place,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We at the Ministry of Public Health are mandated to provide quality, affordable health care from the coastland to the hinterland, leaving no one behind, so it behooves us to extend our human resources, our nurses, to provide a fillip to our initiatives to address shortcomings and reach our people even in the most remote location,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, July 7, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “There are facts about the current voters’ list that cannot be disputed. It is true that the names of dead people are on the list. It is true that the names of missing or non-existent people are on the list. It is true that the list does not have the names of thousands of young people who recently became 18,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “CAROSAI as the umbrella and guiding organisation of the Region must ensure that the auditing standards and techniques are in sync and on par with international guidelines, so that the Caribbean is not left behind and our member states can optimise their auditing ability to derive the best possible outcomes…the efficient allocation of capital,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “the auditing field is closely watched to ensure they remain out of governments’ influence, so that their independence is not compromised, that audit quality is not prostituted and audit regulation is constantly modernised to eliminate deficiencies in critical aspects,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In this regard, reforms to auditing are widespread in the United Kingdom, in the United States, in Continental Europe, and it is incumbent upon CAROSAI to become au fait with these reforms and in turn to apprise member states of same, so that evaluations can be done on how those reforms can be utilised to enhance our audit mechanism given its intrinsic value to the capital markets and the auditors’ opinion upon which investors rely heavily,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I am aware that in the smaller SAI [Supreme Audit Institutions] member states, the turnover of representatives in office is rapid, and hence PACs are challenged to operate in an effective manner. CAROSAI must therefore find solutions to address the deficiencies in the Region. Some Member SAI States, because of the construct of Parliamentary systems, have many challenges in terms of how the Auditor General’s report is addressed,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “CAROSAI must impress upon Governments in the Region the need to reform laws and legislation, which are no longer relevant and which impede progress,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated ( about Association ) : “We are currently in talks with the University of Guyana to have them start a Master’s in a speech therapy programme, which will be run with the aid and guidance of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, June 24, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We recognised that we need to make an investment, so we said why not have our own place by investing in a building where we can provide these services, since the renting of buildings has been a fiasco,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As part of our commitment to SDGs, we have to take care of the wellbeing of our people and give consideration to bridging the gap of limited storage,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The rental of buildings has been quite a fiasco in Guyana but here we are, a positive for the ministry,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Public Health, is aware of the high levels of adolescent pregnancy plaguing our country… We have prioritised this issue on our health agenda,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence outlined : “Our situation is critical and the recently conducted situation analysis on adolescents, pinpoints that compared to the other ethnic groups, the Indigenous People recorded the highest percentage of teenage pregnancy,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, we are here and we will be signing that three-year project which will be implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Regions One and Nine,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We must approach lifestyle diseases frontally,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In Guyana prevention is at the centre of our health strategy,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Everyone must enjoy a life characterised by wellness, fitness and health…the President in his address at the inaugural health expo last year reminded us of the indisputable connection between good health and good life,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “I don’t think they have the number of persons in Region Five to warrant the setting up a station here. I would preferably look at Region Six. We have Region Six on our list so travelling to Region Six would be easier than travelling to Georgetown. So once we can do that, we are looking at Region Six, Region 10, Region Two and Region Three, to establish centres, but in a public–private partnership so that we could be able to ensure that our patients, if they are requiring three sessions per week, that they get those three sessions,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The good thing about it is that they are all qualified seeking to be a part of that training, wanting to be a part of the Ministry of Public Health,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 26, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I feel so happy about that. This is at a point where people don’t want to leave rather people want to upgrade. So we have been able to provide them with the necessary information and guidance as to how they could do that,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 26, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “On matters such as health, I am happy that our services are available for our cross-border brothers and sisters, since we know in turn that our countrymen access services across the borders as well, especially if we have no facility in the community,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 26, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are therefore renewing the call for families and communities to join us as we continue to work towards protecting the nation from vaccine-preventable diseases,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 26, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are happy that this parent-provider partnership continues to bloom and unlike some countries, we do not have to fight the war of complications from outbreaks because of lack of immunisation,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, April 26, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We want to ensure that persons have access to health centres… it must be appropriate to the needs of the community,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “We are working with them; the doctors are very happy with the positive signs they are seeing, and we will continue to inform the people of Guyana with updates of these persons,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:08:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “I believe that we are on our way to ensuring that we work towards having universal access to healthcare, but just not having access to healthcare, but having access in a timely manner that would save lives,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:11:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “We don’t want the overcrowding. We want to be able to assess those persons separately even as we provide the normal MCH, outpatient clinics to the members of the community,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “As we said, two are critical and those two were diagnosed with leptospirosis, and we are watching them closely. The others, they are not critical, the doctors are very happy at the positive signs that they are seeing,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:39:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are asking Region One residents to continue performing their usual hygiene habits such as washing their hands after visiting the washroom; covering their mouths when coughing,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are asking Region One residents to continue performing their usual hygiene habits such as washing their hands after visiting the washroom; covering their mouths when coughing,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 31, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence disclosed : “all the patients have displayed the same signs and symptoms which include pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “We can’t just take for granted the things that have been achieved. People expect more from us and they expect a higher level of service and they are demanding it…so let us ensure that we don’t build pies in the sky, unreachable things, and let us ensure that we plan things that can be executed within the time frame,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence warned : “It means therefore that we must cater for the unexpected, try always to remain one step ahead, and ensure that our procurement process for supply of vaccines is efficient, and that we are prepared to effectively deal with any threat or outbreak,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Let us remember that cancer is rampant in our country and we have to intensify our efforts to sensitize, educate and protect the young assets of our country,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence reminded : “I am on record as saying that as of the 31st December 2018, the Ministry of Public Health will not be renting any more bonds,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, February 11, 2019 7:24:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We will work assiduously to ensure that this matter is dealt with in a very open and transparent way and that we bring it to conclusion at the earlier possible time. What I do ask, however, is to allow due process to take its course,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, February 4, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And this is to ensure that we have an all rounded approach to what transpired with these patients. We believe that having a report from the drugs administered will be able to give clarity in that aspect of the services provided while we look at the human aspect from the hospital point of view,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Monday, February 4, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence added : “I am hoping to meet with the other child’s relatives. At the interim, I express my deepest regrets to the families … We do feel your pain but we will work assiduously to ensure that this matter is dealt with in a very open and transparent way and that we bring it to conclusion at the earlier possible time. What I do ask, however, is to allow due process to take its course,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “And this is to ensure that we have an all rounded approach to what transpired with these patients. We believe that having a report from the drugs administered will be able to give clarity in that aspect of the services provided while we look at the human aspect from the hospital point of view,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:58:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence commented : “Alison was cognisant from a tender age of the capacity of women to make a difference. Alison demonstrated the heights to which women could climb, and by indefatigable efforts, showed us that nothing is impossible with God. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven; Alison fulfilled that purpose unequivocally. She had a strong sense of family, she loved her country and she dedicated her energies towards its development,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Health Centre ) : “We view the Diamond Diagnostic Centre as a pivotal element within the whole health spectrum, and this initiative will certainly provide care at a higher level for those persons who would want to use the services,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained : “The Bill will also empower the council to take disciplinary actions against nursing personnel for breach of established standards of professional conduct, and provides for the establishment of a discipline Committee,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:40:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Comrades, we got to teach them we have to show them how to put the ‘X’ in the box. Ensure that they get their I.D cards,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, December 28, 2018 7:57:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The platelets generated from the Apheresis machine are of a higher quality and quantity,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, December 7, 2018 6:56:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The system of rotation has to be well mapped out and executed so that there is transparency and the stint does not hint of victimisation or reproof,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We made a pledge to our nation to cater for their health and well-being and we would be doing them a disservice if we do not improve the quality of service in the delivery of primary health care to all, inclusive of those in the remotest areas in our regions,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “I proffer this because I have been reliably informed that THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK IN GUYANA although the mosquito which transmits YF is in Guyana and that we are yet to confirm that animals here are free from the disease,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, March 3, 2017 6:09:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “In my capacity as Minister of Public Health, I wish to welcome the Chairman and members on board and would like to share some of my expectations – the Ministry in collaboration with the Board, endeavours to address the various issues that have been clogging the system and shape a vibrant future for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, which functions as a curative and disease management service for the people of Guyana,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “You will agree with me that ineffective governance compromises the ability of the management to succeed and will result in total disarray and disconnect,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:55:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This theme endorses President Granger’s overarching commitment to promoting a green economy,” “It affirms his drive to implement policies and initiatives that will change behaviours and lead to healthier lifestyles and the wellbeing of all our citizens” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “This celebration of Mashramani, which captures the spirit of our nationhood, a celebration after hard work, is an event in which we all must revel and feel exceptionally proud. I am sure you are eagerly awaiting the moment, as I am, when we can lift our banners high and portray with pride, the various health aspects mirrored in our theme,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:38:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “We know you will have good success, we are here to give you moral and spiritual support and we have full confidence in you,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We have nothing to hide. We want the best for our students,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:45:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence disclosed : “The Ministry of Education will act on behalf the Ministry of Public Health to engage its personnel to prepare multiple choice questions; to administer those questions [and] to have a group of persons recruited to mark the essay part of those questions,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about George Norton ) : “I was visited by several students who laid their concerns, and I was privy to some documents which were sent to Dr George Norton,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:02:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “I believe that these persons are well put together to be able to address the several issues which confront the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from policy to standards to vacancies and in order to assist us in being able to achieve that vision of being able to have the Georgetown Public Hospital operate in the manner which it was set out and that is as our tertiary health institution,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:19:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “The Community Parenting Support Groups offer the mother an opportunity to interact in an ambience that is non-judgemental and respectful; they need not fear disrespect nor disdain, but rather can participate freely in discussions that concern their maternal health and learn more about their bodies and other related pregnancy topics” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 6, 2017 6:06:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Junior Minister ) : “I believe those are issues which myself and the Junior Minister will chew on with some of our partners in terms of how we move forward,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:37:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “We are looking at our critical levels because if you look at your critical levels it gives you time to place an order to have the process done because all of that is taken into consideration in arriving at that level. We have to ensure that we have the right data, the correct information. We have to correct from within. The government has recognised that there are issues and that we also recognise and believe that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation and we are working towards removing the bottlenecks and removing the gaps. I have dedicated persons, intelligent persons and persons fitting to be in this sector. What I have to do is to give them the tools to do their work and do it in a timely manner,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:03:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The infectious disease staff was sent in to look at all the elements to ascertain which element was the cause. We looked at the animals, drinking water and mining,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:53:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence explained ( about George Norton ) : “On Christmas Eve, former Minister of Health, Dr. George Norton visited the villages and took medication including those for Gastroenteritis,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:53:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “So when we have to remove children, one of the parents not involved in the reason why they are being removed from the home (in the first place)… we can accommodate that family member there, and we can keep them there until the court decides on the programme best suited for the affected child,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence noted : “So instead of them going to the lockups or remaining in the situation, they can find themselves in a comfortable space whereby we can help,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence informed : “I am disappointed in us not being able to get off the ground the kind of programmes that we have at the Guyana Women’s Leadership Institute. In terms of legislation there are many we are aware of that we need to amend and we did not get them off the ground,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Desmond Hoyte ) : “As we reflect on Mr. Hoyte’s management and contribution to the social climate during the period under review, we cannot fail to recognize his resolve as he attempted to restore the country to a path of sustainable economic growth and through policies and measures sought to enhance the lives of the Guyanese nation,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence concluded : “We salute this hero of our soil and pray that he will continue to find peace and rest” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said : “Tonight we are here to stand in solidarity with our President: that this building must be used for all Guyanese,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, December 31, 2016 7:15:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence said ( about Sir ) : “Mr. Speaker, I wish to state that the incentive that the opposition implemented for the elderly to exempt them from the payment of electricity and water lacked transparency and did not benefit all the elderly consumers. This is a caring government, Sir, there is no disparity in the distribution of the pension; all are entitled to the same equitable increase without exception,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, December 9, 2016 5:12:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated ( about Hugo Chavez ) : “The climate at that Institution is motivational and it is the Ministry’s hope that other homes will emulate the residents of the Hugo Chavez Home and transform their lives through similar initiatives,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, December 9, 2016 5:12:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “We want to ensure that we have a generation who understands the importance of keeping our ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ in the home. And not to look towards institutions to place our elderly,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence pointed out : “We need to initiate the change from within us and then set about eradicating the prevalence of violence in our society… we ourselves have to free ourselves from the violent acts that are etched in our minds. Violence has become embedded in our daily routine. We are no longer willing to resolve matters amicably; a dispute is settled with a blow or the flash of a weapon,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence stated : “Our women and men folk are sexually harassed; we intimidate and harass those with alternative lifestyles; we are all exhibiting some form of violent action. Yes, in our psyche, violence has become an acceptable way of life and this is perhaps the reason why our responses are not vocal, appear luke-warm, and are sometimes indifferent to the extreme forms of violence that are being perpetrated,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:26:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence ordered : “the minimum rate of wages payable to an employed person shall not be less than $255.00 per hour or $2,040 per day or $10,200.00 per week or $44,200.00 per month, as the case may be” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:57:00 AM EAT

Volda Lawrence told : “The Ministry of Public Service now has in its possession an excellent working document that will provide guidelines and enable the minister to craft strategic plans and programmes for several years, as the APNU+AFC Government seeks to initiate changes that will significantly impact on the quality of the service that the Public Service Ministry offers,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, November 23, 2016 3:20:00 PM EAT

Volda Lawrence saying : “this is a family issue that has been going on and on and on and on for whatever reason, I can’t tell you, because if I had a brother, even if there was an accusation, this is not how I would go about helping him” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Saturday, August 20, 2016 8:09:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister27.34%EN05/19/201719/05/2017
health minister4.32%EN05/19/201719/05/2017
public health minister3.60%EN05/19/201719/05/2017
minister of health0.72%EN05/09/201709/05/2017
minister of social protection39.57%EN03/07/201707/03/2017
protection minister8.63%EN03/06/201706/03/2017
social protection minister8.63%EN03/06/201706/03/2017
mp0.72%EN03/05/201705/03/2017
director of regional health services0.72%EN02/17/201717/02/2017
former minister of social protection2.16%EN02/13/201713/02/2017
representative0.72%EN12/09/201609/12/2016
social services minister1.44%EN11/23/201623/11/2016
minister of indigenous0.72%EN06/15/201615/06/2016
minister of the human services and social protection0.72%EN06/15/201615/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Volda LawrenceEN100.00%


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