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Iwish to highlight an aspect of
our health system that must
change and improve now.
On Wednesday afternoon a
close relative got into a serious ve-
hicular accident along Waterloo
Main Road, Carapichaima, in which
parties of both vehicles were in-
jured. This occurred around 5.30
pm. An ambulance was called by
concerned citizens a few minutes
When I got to the scene, my rel-
ative appeared to be in great dis-
comfort, going in and out of
consciousness and complaining
that her chest felt tight.
Concerned heightened, we called
the ambulance service again, to
which we were told there wasn't
any in the central area, as such it
was therefore coming from Port-
of-Spain. This was around 6 pm.
I wish to commend at this time
the fire service and police person-
nel who were on the scene. They
were prompt and caring and in
particular one fire officer who kept
holding my relative's hand and
talking to her to keep her con-
scious. Now I do not know where
the fire service ambulance was, I
was just told there was not any.
Concern for my relative kept
heightening as each agonising
minute ticked by. Around 6.15 my
sister called the ambulance serv-
ice again, to which she was told
"what you want me do?" The am-
bulance left Port-of-Spain around
that time. Please remember when
it was first called, what time it
was dispatched and from where.
We'll disregard the attitude at this
The folks around, including rela-
tives and friends of the other in-
jured individual, were all concerned
and called someone in authority,
who I think, called another ambu-
Now I am not sure which ambu-
lance arrived but one came around
6.45. After loading all injured, we
drove normally to the Chaguanas
Health facility. I was in the ambu-
lance and I asked why no siren,
why no haste.
I was told by the driver that ac-
cording to code given by the dis-
patcher, they are only allowed to
use sirens and speed if it is
deemed necessary by the dis-
patcher or by the EMT administer-
ing care. Wow! I did not need to
hear this after waiting for over an
hour for an ambulance.
Do we deserve this type of care
as citizens? If this is what our
country and health services pro-
vide for us, no wonder we are so
angry as a people.
Something better has to be
done. The citizens of this nation
deserve better including the peo-
ple of central Trinidad. We need
more ambulances in this country
and the response time must be
Over an hour for an accident?!
Suppose it was more serious,
imagine waiting for over an hour,
with the current system. Ridicu-
Ambulance companies also
need to review their policy with re-
spect to getting people to a health
facility---internal bleeding and
other complications may not be
picked up by an EMT and certainly
cannot be ascertained by a dis-
patcher. Get people to a health fa-
cility as quickly as possible!
This system must be improved
now. We deserve that at least.
It is most unfortunate that President
Carmona resorted to legal means to try
and shut up one of the more outspoken
citizens of T&T.
Anyone who ventures into public life
must know that they and their relatives
would be under public scrutiny.
Protocol demands that when the
spouse of the President represents T&T
internationally, her attire should elevate
the status of the country. It should not
be a magnet for critique.
The President will soon learn that one
of the worst things he can do in T&T is
to try and shutter the voices of our ca-
lypsonians and our comedians.
What he has succeeded in doing is at-
tracting greater attention to an issue
that would have played itself out in time.
Now, people who had no clue about that
dress and what had transpired in Sep-
tember at the United Nations, are
scrambling to see what all the fuss is
One wonders if a newly-minted senior
counsel, in or out of government, was
the person who gave him that piece of
Linus F Didier,
It is my fervent hope that each
and every West Indian cricketer
involved in that most sordid exit
from the recent Indian tour re-
ceives the appropriate sanction
for their actions.
I expect that as a minimum, all
players would be banned for two
years from all forms of local, re-
gional and international cricket.
Such sanctions will have to em-
anate from the WIBC and the ICC.
I have already made up my
mind that any match or tourna-
ment in which any of these play-
ers are involved will not have me
as a spectator if some reason-
able sanction is not brought to
I have always found it difficult
to work harder at supporting the
game than the players appear to
work at playing it, but this is the
Notwithstanding the real or
perceived failings of all the other
parties involved, there can be no
excuse for this behaviour, and ac-
cordingly there ought not to be
any future without sanction.
I hope the WICB and ICC can
grow some backbone to deal with
turn our backs on this horrendous
spectacle that has become West
Residents of Standard Trace, Fyzabad, wade through floodwaters following
heavy showers in south Trinidad on Thursday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
WE DESERVE BETTER FROM
Aborting India tour the last straw for me
President only brought
more attention to issue
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