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DNA results back: 13 remaining Mahdia fire victims identified; Hess oil company, Mount Sinai thanked for assisting


(Demerara Waves) The unrecognised burnt remains of the remaining 13 children are now positively identified based on the results of DNA tests that were returned from the United States (US) earlier Friday, according to Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony.

” The Government of Guyana is in a position now to release these bodies to the families of the deceased for funeral arrangements,” he said. adding that the results were brought back to Guyana at 12:30 Friday afternoon.

He said arrangements have been put in place by the Guyana Police Force for families to take possession of bodies when and where, in accordance with their wishes. The Government of Guyana is providing assistance and support to all families for funerals over the following days, he said.

Co-venturer in the Stabroek Block, American oil corporation, Hess, was credited for its role in shuttling the samples to the US for DNA analyses by the Pathology Laboratory of the internationally-recognised Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. Dr. Carlos Cordon-Cardo, Professor and Systems Chair, and internationally renowned for DNA analyses, led a team of experts in conducting the analyses, Dr Anthony said. “The Government of Guyana is also grateful to the Hess Corporation for providing transportation to air-dash and rapidly transporting the specimens and samples from Georgetown to New York,” he added.

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