Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2015 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
Cuban doctors are working
closely with their T&T coun-
terparts to have the Cuban
drug, Heberprot-P, registered
in T&T to assist in the fight
So said Cuban ambassador
Guillermo Vazquez Moreno dur-
ing his feature address at a
luncheon in Port-of-Spain yes-
terday hosted by the Rotary
Moreno said the product was
already registered in all the clin-
ics in Cuba and was key in
rebuilding cells negatively affect-
ed by diabetes.
"It regenerates the affected
skin and is registered in certain
European countries and other
parts of the world and we are
working with the Minister of
Health to register this product
"It has improved the quality
of life of the persons who have
taken this medicine. Diabetes
have been increasing all over the
world," Moreno said.
Asked when would the drug
be approved for local use he said
it was still a work in progress.
Regarding bilateral relations,
Moreno said those were going
smoothly in accordance with
the relationship that existed
between Cuba and T&T.
"The newly-signed agreement
in the field of tourism as well
as advances in the agreement in
culture sphere will reinforce the
economic and trade links.
"There exists good co-oper-
ation in the field of medicine
and sports. There are more than
300 Cuban collaborators work-
ing in the various regions of
Trinidad and Tobago," Moreno
Regarding the embargo placed
on Cuba, he said the economic,
commercial and financial sanc-
tion applied in full force caused
losses and shortages to Cubans
and was the key obstacle to the
development of its economy.
"It constitutes a violation of
international law and its extra-
territorial scope affects the inter-
ests of all states.
"The near unanimous vote in
the UN for many years running
is no accident. We are contin-
uing to strive for the removal of
the blockade, for which we are
counting on the solidarity and
support of all peoples of the
world, including the Caribbean,"
Contacted yesterday Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan said the
registration of the drug depend-
ed on the Food and Drug
"They have their own systems
to determine approvals and
when they are finished only then
could the drug be registered. I
have been looking at the matter
and have been in the process of
fast forwarding the process,"
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A master crochet designer who
suffered significant disabilities,
including the inability to have
sexual intercourse with her hus-
band, after she slipped and fell
in a supermarket in Arima in
2008 has been awarded
$360,000 in compensation.
Judgment was awarded in
favour of Ferosa Harold, of Recre-
ation Street, Arima Old Road,
Mausica, Arima, before master of
the High Court Martha Alexander
in the San Fernando High Court.
Harold, represented by attorney
Robin Ramoutar, had brought
action against ADM Import and
Export Distributors Ltd following
the incident on December 9,
At a pre-trial review on July 6,
2011, Harold got judgment on lia-
bility against ADM Distributors.
Her damages were sent to a mas-
ter to be assessed.
Master Alexander on April 17
ordered ADM Distributors pay
Harold $60,000 in general dam-
ages with interest at the rate of
eight per cent an annum from
December 30, 2009 to April 17,
She also awarded $170,000 in
special damages with interest at
the rate of six per cent an annum
from December 9, 2008 to April
17, 2015; loss of future earnings
in the lump sum of $30,000 and
costs as assessed in the sum of
$42,389.75. A 28-day stay of exe-
cution also was granted.
The court considered Harold s
statement of evidence in which
she claimed on December 9, 2008
she went to the Arima Discount
Mart on Hollis Avenue.
As she was approaching the
cashier, Harold, who was 44 years
old at the time, slipped on a mix-
ture of blood and water (emanat-
ing from an unattended trolley
on which meat was defrosting),
and fell onto the concrete floor.
Harold said she suffered a range
of soft tissue injuries to the neck,
left shoulder, left wrist, back, right
thigh and left limb. She provided
medical reports from specialist
orthopaedic surgeons Dr Mitra
Sieunarine, Dr Ian Pierre to sub-
stantiate her claims.
Dr Pierre gave evidence at the
trial and was cross examined.
Harold said the injuries, over
the years, restricted her movement
and affected her ability to earn
an income now and in the future.
She said at the time of the acci-
dent she was a renowned crochet
designer who was elevated to the
status of master of crochet on the
basis of her patterns, styles and
techniques being published in
international crochet books.
She said her works and designs
which were purchased by inter-
national publishing houses and
placed in international crochet
magazines also earned her mon-
etary prizes in international cro-
However, because of the con-
stant pain she had lost her ability
to earn, she stated.
She said her social life also had
been affected by her injuries, that
she and her husband could no
longer go dancing, take long
drives, go to the beach or engage
in sexual intercourse which had
become very painful.
Harold said her husband has
been a rock of support but the
injuries had placed a strain on
their relationship and she now
felt more of a burden than a part-
Designer gets $360,000
for supermart fall
Cubans looking to fast track diabetes drug
A vendor, right, sells a heap of mangoes to a customer on High Street, San
Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Heberprot-P is an innovative
Cuban product containing
recombinant human epidermal
growth factor for peri-and intra-
Evidence reveals it accelerates
healing of deep and complex
ulcers, both ischemic and
neuropathic, and reduces
Clinical trials of Heberprot-P in
patients with diabetic foot
ulcers have shown that repeated
local infiltration of this product
can enhance healing of chronic
wounds safely and efficaciously.
As a result, Heberprot-P was
registered in Cuba in 2006 and
in 2007 was included in the
National Basic Medications List
and approved for marketing.
It has been registered in 15
other countries, enabling
treatment of more than 100,000
Heberprot-P is a unique
therapy for the most
complicated and recalcitrant
chronic wounds usually
associated with high amputation
Local injection in complex
diabetic wounds has
demonstrated a favourable risk-
benefit ratio by speeding
healing, reducing recurrences
and attenuating amputation risk.
Source: National Center for
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