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Hunger striker Dr Wayne Kublals-
ingh fell unconscious for about 30
minutes yesterday morning.
Up to press time, Kublalsingh,
leader of the Highway Re-route
Movement (HRM), was hospitalised
at the St Clair medical centre, mere
metres from the site of his 27-day
protest, opposite the prime minister s
office on St Clair Avenue.
It remained unclear whether he
would join his supporters at the camp
site today, as his personal physician
Dr Asante Van West Charles Le
Blanc advised that he remain warded
for 24 hours, after which his condition
would be re-assessed.
An unconscious Kublalsingh was
admitted around 10 am and had to
be revived by the staff of the centre s
accident and emergency department.
Van West-Charles-Le Blanc told
reporters Kublalsingh passed out while
on his way to Maracas Beach in an
air-conditioned car. A combination
of dehydration and heat led him to
lose consciousness, she said.
Kublalsingh was accustomed to
taking salt-water soaks on the week-
end to rehydrate his body, she said.
Van West-Charles-Le Blanc said
Kublalsingh was administered fluids
and vitamins intravenously, after
being brought to the facility in the
private vehicle. The doctor estimated
that Kublalsingh was unconscious for
half an hour.
"He regained consciousness with
the IV in his hand and accepted it be
left there for now. At present time,
he s alert and he s oriented. We ve
done some blood tests and the results
are within normal limits and he s
going to stay here overnight. He s
going to continue to be hydrated."
"He s just going to rest here
overnight," Van West-Charles-Le
Blanc said. "At this present time, he s
still critical but he s stable."
She said Kublalsingh would con-
tinue to receive drips for the rest of
"This time he was lucky," she said,
"he lost consciousness but regained
it."Kublalsingh began the second
hunger strike with a weight of 124
pounds, and Van West-Charles-Le
Blanc estimates that he is "now down
to 90 pounds."
"The end result of this hunger
strike, if there is no intervention, is
death," she said.
"We don t know how long, what
time frame or time limit we have,
that is uncertain. But right now, that
is the end result if nothing is done."
Asked if she had once again
assumed charge of Kublalsingh s
medical care, Van West-Charles-Le
Blanc said, "As I said before, I took
a step back. I said I would be available
in case of an emergency and this was
an emergency so I have been called
upon. He s still not listening to me
and not taking my medical advice. I
am giving this some time and let s
see what the 24 hours brings, and
after that, I will let you know what
is going on."
Stating that she was honouring her
professional and moral responsibil-
ities, Van West-Charles-Le Blanc said
Kublalsingh had agreed to her rec-
ommendation to remain hospitalised
for 24 hours.
Kublalsingh in hospital
after falling unconscious
Dr Sylvia Moodie-Kublalsingh, left, wife of Highway Re-route Movement
(HRM) leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh arrives with their son, Ori, at St Clair
Medical Centre where the HRM leader was hospitalized on Day 26 of his
hunger strike yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
The Highway Re-route Movement (HRM)
is blaming Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar for its leader Dr Wayne Kublals-
ingh s life being under threat.
Kublalsingh started his second hunger strike
in protest of the segment 27 days ago. He was
rushed to St Clair Medical Centre for emer-
gency treatment yesterday after he suffered a
heat stroke and lost consciousness at Maracas
At a candlelight vigil held yesterday, HRM
member Shereen Boodhai said the situation
was the PM s fault.
Boodhai said the PM failed to live up to a
promise that the controversial Debe to Mon
Desir segment of the $7.3 billion Solomon
Hochoy Highway extension project from San
Fernando to Point Fortin would be halted
pending determination of environmental con-
The promise, she said, was made to the
HRM during a meeting at the Parliament
building, Waterfront Centre on March 16,
The HRM and its leader are insisting that
the Government hold mediation talks to arrive
at the best agreement for the nation.
Close to 1,000 citizens assembled at Nelson
Mandela Park, Port of Spain for the vigil,
which was held in support of HRM s calls for
Kublalsingh and the HRM have repeatedly
said the segment would be harmful to the
environment as it was being constructed
through a lagoon.
At yesterday s vigil the crowd shouted "yes
Movement for Social Justice David Abdulah
told the vigil that some 30 civil organisations
have signed a letter to the Prime Minister
demanding that there be mediation on the
He said the group proposed that Govern-
ment consider the Highway Review Committee
report and recommendations on the contro-
versial segment. The committee, which was
chaired by former Independent Senator James
Armstrong, proposed mediation and the halting
of further work on the highway section.
Masman Peter Minshall also spoke at the
Among those gathered were Roman Catholic
priest Clyde Harvey, Anglican priest Knolly
Clarke, banker Richard Young, Merle Hodge,
panman Ray Holman, and Sheila Dookeran,
wife of Foreign Affairs minister Winston Dook-
Clarke in his address said for the law to be
truly applied, there must be justice.
At the vigil, it was agreed that forty sup-
porters will begin a 40-day fast in support of
the ailing Kublalsingh. Each is to fast for a
The crowd later walked from the park to
the nearby hospital, where relatives of Kublals-
ingh were able to see them as they arrived
from his ward.
Relatives told the Guardian that Kublalsingh
wanted to return to the pavement on St Clair
Avenue to continue his hunger strike.
PM to blame
Supporters of Dr Wayne Kublalsingh and the Highway Re-route Movement protest at the gate
of St Clair Medical Centre as the Prime Minister leaves in her official vehicle. PM Persad-
Bissessar visited Dr Kublalsingh at the hospital last night. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Shouts of "Re-route! Re-
route!" and "Shame on you!"
greeted Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar as she left
the St Clair medical centre
after visiting Highway Re-
Route Movement (HRM)
leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh.
It was a hostile reception
from a large crowd of HRM
supporters gathered outside
the St Clair Medical Centre.
Persad-Bissessar and Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan visited
Kublalsingh at 7pm.
Asked if there was likely to
be any mediation, Persad-
Bissessar said she "told him I
did not think this was the place
to have any such discussion."
She said the matter was
referred to Works and Infra-
structure Minister Dr Suru-
jrattan Rambachan and the
President of Nidco Dr Carson
Charles and their technocrats.
The meeting lasted for just
over 30 minutes.
"I prayed with him," Per-
sad-Bissessar told reporters.
The PM said she "came as
a human being with concerns
about his health."
Khan said Kublalsingh s stay
at the medical facility was
being paid for by the Ministry
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