A Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) report has indicated that Member States have met almost all of their health targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, is saying Guyana is lagging behind the other countries.The report, which was presented to Health Ministers across the Region at the 55th Directing Council of PAHO, shows that the targets related to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger (MDG1), reducing child mortality (MDG4) and ensuring environmental sustainability (MDG7) were all achieved between 1990 and 2015. MDG6 (combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases) was partly achieved, and progress was made toward MDG5 (improving maternal mortality), although the goal was not met.Acting Chief of PAHO’s Special Programme on Sustainable Development and Health Equity, Kira Fortune, said “as the result of 15 years of efforts, the countries of the hemisphere significantly improved the health of their populations”.Fortune highlighted that today, people in the Region are living longer, healthier lives, thanks to the MDGs and they are at less risk of dying from malaria, and babies are more likely to survive childbirth and reach five years of age.To promote human development, the world’s nations endorsed the MDGs in 2000 at the United Nations, making a commitment to tackle important issues for the future of humankind, such as the eradication of extreme poverty, environmental conservation, and the protection and promotion of people’s health, among others. One of those goals was to improve maternal health and reduce it by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015.However, Dr Norton stated that Guyana has failed to meet two of its health MDGs – maternal health and neonatal care.“Other countries might have achieved their goals but we have not yet we are getting nearer. We have managed to reduce infant mortality from 37 incidences to seven. And we plan on reducing it further. We might be struggling with maternal deaths but our fingers are crossed and we are actively addressing it,” he said.As of December 30 2015, Guyana had recorded 17 maternal deaths. However, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 270 per cent in 1990 to 86 per cent in 2012. Therefore, in order to achieve its target, Guyana would have to reduce its maternal mortality rate to 67.5 per cent by the end of 2016.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Ron Hornaday Jr., the former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, won the Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first since 2002. It also added to his series record win total, making it 27 victories for the two-time Truck Series champ. Valencia’s Bryan Herta won his first IRL race since 2003 at Michigan International Speedway. Herta was the last of the four Andretti Green Racing drivers to win a race this year. It was his second career victory on the IRL. M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park won the Southwest Series race at Irwindale Speedway for his first win since 2002. It put him second in career wins on the Southwest Series with 20, one behind Rick Carelli. Each win had historical significance. Each ended years’ long winless streaks for the drivers. But trying to rank them is a difficult process. Hornaday’s win re-established him as the best driver ever to take a seat on the Truck Series. When he left the series as a full-time driver in 1999, he did so as leader in wins with 26. Jack Sprague is the next closest on the career win list with 25. He won the Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in June, his only win of the year. Hornaday spent five years away from the Truck Series as a full-time driver and no other driver passed his mark. Until somebody does, Hornaday will continue to be the best driver in the Truck Series. Herta joined his teamates in what may have been the most successful race team of drivers ever assembled. There are some Roush Racing fans who would disagree, but it’s hard to argue with the numbers the four Andretti Green Racing drivers put up. They won 11 of the 17 IRL races with teammate Dan Wheldon becoming the first IRL driver to win the series championship and the Indianapolis 500 in the same season. But the Andretti Green Racing dominance was best illustrated at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida in April. Herta won the pole and the four Andretti Green Racing drivers, Herta, Wheldon, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti, finished 1-2-3-4 in the race. The Michigan race was the highlight of the year for Herta, though. He won the pole and the race at Michigan, but more importantly proved that he belonged with the group of drivers that went on to win more than half of the races in the series. By the time Kanke is done racing, he should own every record on the Southwest Series, except for perhaps championships. He is already the series money leader, with more than $400,000 in career winnings, second in career poles and second in career wins. Through all his success over the years, Kanke has never won a series championship. And it’s not really a pressing matter for him. He would rather win races than championships and before he decides to stop racing, he should hold the record for victories. His win at Irwindale Speedway was his only one of the year. But it was a timely win. He spent the better part of 2003 and 2004 racing part time with little chance of winning races. With a full-time ride in 2005, Kanke became a contender again and looks like he will have a strong team for at least the next couple of years. Ranking these three races creates a dilemma. But here is how they shake out: 1. Hornaday’s win at Atlanta. 2. Kanke’s win at Irwindale. 3. Herta’s win at Michigan. Perhaps next year one of these guys can win more than once and make ranking their performances a little easier. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When it comes to picking the most impressive moment of the 2005 auto racing season for Santa Clarita-area drivers, three races come to mind: The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18. The Indy Racing League race at Michigan International Speedway on July 31. The NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series, race at Irwindale Speedway on Aug. 6.