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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 30, 2015
Congratulations to Hubert B. Dolsingh, H.B.M. (Gold)
on 30 years of continuous exercise!!
Hubert Dolsingh is without a doubt our Nation's most knowledgeable NIS Consultant.
He is the recipient of a Humming Bird Medal (Gold) and is the President of the
Association for the Commissioners of Affidavits. He also serves as the Chairman of the
Trinidad & Tobago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and is titled in many
other valuable Organisations.
The following is an excerpt taken from an inspirational message by this great
Humanitarian and Mentor...
"Today, Thursday, April 30, 2015 is a very special day for me; it is the 30th Anniversary
of a commitment I made to exercise for at least 1 hour every day from Wednesday, May
01, 1985. This means that I have NOT missed a single day of exercise; yes! NOT one
single day, in 30 years or 10,957 continuous days!
I wish to encourage you if you have not yet started, to commit yourself to an exercise
programme starting TODAY. I was 48 years old when I started. I never knew I had the
will power or discipline to last 1 week, let alone 3 decades. Back then, exercise was
nothing more than an arduous task that had to be done. I never imagined I would grow
to enjoy my exercise and it would prove to be like a best friend; a source of relaxation,
stress relief and great strength during the tough times in life. It is never too late to do
what is right for your health; you do not need confidence, will power or even discipline
to start. Just start and those are the attributes you will gain over time.
There were always reasons in those 30 years why I could have missed my daily exer-
cise such as travel to 20 different countries, the deaths of loved ones, illnesses, social
and business engagements, the weather and the "I just don't feel like it" reason, but I
simply stuck with the promise I made to myself and you can too. Your mental and phys-
ical health is your greatest wealth which no one has control over but YOU. No one
knows how long we will live, but however long it is we can still choose to be useful,
happy and healthy. "
His is a message of hope for the people of the World.
Congratulations, Hubert, on your milestone achievement and BEST OF HEALTH TO
ALL OF YOU!
Those who can afford to pay for pharmaceutical
drugs in T&T should do so rather than depend
on the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme
(CDAP), Independent Senator David Small has
Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday on an Inde-
pendent motion for Government to take immediate
steps to do a comprehensive review of the Regional
Health Authority system s role in health care deliv-
ery, Small said there was a lot of commitment to
self in T&T and those who could afford to buy
drugs on their own without using CDAP should
do so and engender a public spirited approach.
Small said the RHA had suffered a compound
fracture and needed medical help.
He said the vast majority of people employed
in the RHAs were hard working, but it could not
be ignored that there was a lack of strategic direc-
tion and service care standards, as well as a problem
with egos and lack of accountability when things
went wrong. "These are the hallmarks of the sys-
tem," he said.
Small said throwing money at the situation
wouldn t solve anything. But he said there should
be a holistic plan to fix the RHA with reports over
a 10-year period at least. "If you can t measure
it, then we re just talking."
Small advocated holding agencies hands "to
the fire" and pressuring people to meet their targets
since he felt people were currently just "meandering
He also questioned whether it was fair that com-
merce trumped delivery of health care in that
health sector personnel had dual employment---
in private institutions and in public health insti-
He said there should be no compromise if people
were employed in state health institutions to work
certain, fixed hours.
Also noting statements recently emanating from
the PNM about increasing parliamentarians
salaries, he suggested that parliamentarians be
afforded access to health care plans in the same
way as public servants.
Small said the number of C-section deaths was
heartbreaking with newborns being left behind
when their mothers died. Also expressing concern
about the number of C-section deaths was PNM
Senator Avinash Singh who suggested family plan-
ning programmes for young people.
He said whereas C-sections were often a last
resort, a high percentage of women were undergoing
this and it seemed women often opted for C-sec-
tions to avoid enduring hard labour. He added that
C-sections, however, contributed to infections,
blood clots and other medical issues.
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