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71-year-old Rosignol resident Bibi Isha Naziram has been living in the village for 43 years and is well known in the community for her yard of flourishing flowers and potted plants that attract many persons to her yard. Naziram is also generous with her plants and admits that she can’t say no when people ask her for them (Delano Williams photo).
71-year-old Rosignol resident Bibi Isha Naziram has been living in the village for 43 years and is well known in the community for her yard of flourishing flowers and potted plants that attract many persons to her yard. Naziram is also generous with her plants and admits that she can’t say no when people ask her for them (Delano Williams photo).

Rosignol resident’s green thumb brings joy to the community

AT 71 years old, the years have gone by rather rapidly for Bibi Isha Naziram, but as an elderly woman struggling with a stroke, she still manages to take care of the many plants and flowers in her yard.

She is a resident of McKenzie Street, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice and her yard is perhaps the envy of the community.

Naziram has the cleanest, well-kept yard that is adorned with a variety of flowers and plants of all sizes, shapes and colours.

Caring for plants and flowers is her hobby and she had a lot more, but when visitors come by and ask she would give a plant or two.

Because of her giving nature, she has so much and is very thankful for life and the family she has.

Home of Bibi Isha Naziram

The mother of three has a lovely house and the yard is full of flowers and potted plants, lining the walkways, in front of the yard and all round.

It is a colourful scene and it is pleasing to the eyes, it reminds you of fresh roses and the perfume scent it carries.

Naziram has been living in the village for more than 43 years, but lived at Murphy Dam before she relocated to her current address.

The elder told the Pepperpot Magazine that she was a strong person who did all her household work and gardening with ease, but these days doing simple things are challenging.

She suffered a stroke seven years ago and since then she has been struggling to cook and clean.

In her younger days, she used to cut rice, then she even bought fish and sold it from Rosignol to Number 8 Village.

She used to walk and sell fish.

Naziram also worked at a garment factory in Kent Street, New Amsterdam, for years before it was closed.

She was versed in hemming pants and buttons on blouses.

Naziram lived a healthy life until she became stricken with a stroke and it was not long after her husband had passed away, seven years ago.

Since life hasn’t been the same for Naziram, who was independent and enjoyed doing simple things such as preparing a meal of dhal, rice and fried fish.

These days she would get meals from her son, who lives in a house in the same yard.

“I would get my pension and that would assist me to buy medications, but my children would come by to check on me and do things,” she said.

That day, she had bought some fine fish and wanted to cook fried fish with dhal and rice, her favourite meal.

In the afternoon, she would be given a roti to go with whatever stew or greens.

Naziram enjoyed taking care of her plants and flowers daily and she would still ensure they are watered even when getting up is difficult.

“I like my plants and I would struggle to keep them, but some days it is easier than others and I would give away when people ask, because it is too much at this time,” she said.

As a Muslim, Naziram would provide goodies and toys to the children in the village and donate plants to the church.

This Christmas she prepared food and donated it to the village, just for the children’s annual party.

She is the grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of six.

Naziram reported that she had countless plants and flowers, but she has just over 100 left and cannot say no when people pass by and ask for them.

“Life here is good, except for the loud music and drinking sprees, but other than that, it is quiet,” she said.

The village elder reported that she doesn’t go out much due to her ill health and speech impediment and prefer to stay indoors and do what she has to daily.

“To have good health and life is a blessing,” she said.

Naziram is one of the friendliest, nicest person to meet and she is always welcoming visitors, who are obviously drawn to her flower garden.

The Rosignol Health Centre
Nurse Nandanee Mohan is the supervisor at the Rosignol Health Centre and when the two visiting doctors are away, she ensures that the primary care health facility is managed without any issues.

The nurse is from Bath Village and has been attached to the health centre for the past seven years.

This facility is a COVID-19 vaccination site and it is a large building which has different sections which is adequate for the intake of patients.

The Rosignol Health Centre has 17 staffers and they offer a variety of services, including dental care, maternal and child health, HIV Care and treatment.

Nurse Mohan told the Pepperpot Magazine that their biggest clinic is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the diabetic and hypertensive clinic.

On Mondays they get about 35 pregnant women and they also do simple dressings.

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