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Is the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA)
running an illegal organ-harvesting operation?
This was the question posed on Tuesday during
a media conference hosted by interim political
leader of the Tobago Fowards Christlyn Moore.
Moore held the briefing at her office in Maraval
Road, Port-of-Spain, to highlight what she claimed
were problems in the TRHA.
She listed the problems as undocumented corneal
transplants, a rise in neonatal deaths and inefficiency
in the ambulance system.
"Is this an organ-harvesting operation that is
being funded with government funds? Not with-
standing the fact that it is helping people. It is. But
what is the source? We have to ask the source
because we don t know," Moore said.
Moore said the corneal transplants aroused sus-
picion and she was yet to see proper documentation
for the cornea tissue which was being transplanted
"Late last year there were several batches of
corneal transplants that took place, all without
documentation...for each operation. It led to staff
saying they were concerned with the source of the
corneas. We are not seeing any documentation that
allows the corneas into the country, into the hos-
pital," Moore said.
She said there was no clear indication where
these corneas were coming from because no cornea
bank in T&T had been set up.
She said a donated cornea or corneas could be
harvested from deceased persons. If the cornea had
been harvested from a cadaver then there would
need to be consent from the relatives of the
deceased. However, Moore said, there was no doc-
umentation showing consent had been obtained to
use the corneas.
"You would want to know if your dead relative s
parts were turning up in someone else s body,"
Corneas can also be imported, but these would
require licences and health certificates, which Moore
said, were not readily available for review.
Addressing the neonatal deaths, Moore said there
had been an increase in infant deaths. She said
there were 18 neonatal deaths over a 16-month
She also questioned the reliability of Tobago s
ambulance service, saying before Tobago had only
one ambulance, but ten were introduced to the
island recently. She claimed that most of the tech-
nicians in the ambulances were not properly trained.
Moore said she intended to file for the necessary
documentation and explanations on the issues
under the Freedom of Information Act.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has dismissed all
these claims. Khan said like Trinidad, Tobago
received its corneas from a cornea bank in the US.
"That is not a big thing. We get our corneas from
different banks in the US. Cornea transplants have
been done in Trinidad for a while now, and I am
very glad that Tobago has started it. This operation
is very run of the mill," Khan said.
He added that he has not heard of any reports
stating that there were 18 neonatal deaths over the
past 16 months.
"I don t believe that. These figures do not sound
correct," Khan said.
Addressing the ambulance issue, Khan said
because Tobago was not very large, there was little
need to have as many Emergency Medical Tech-
nicians because the island did not have as many
traumas to deal with.
"The TRHA has been working well with the Min-
istry of Health. I have not gotten any reports from
the THA or the TRHA," Khan said.
T&T Guardian was unable Tuesday and yesterday
to contact an official from the TRHA or Claudia
Groome-Duke, head of the Division of Health and
Social Services in the Tobago House of Assembly
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar is requesting more time
to respond to a defamation lawsuit
threatened by Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley over recent social
media posts related to the Emailgate
Rowley issued a pre-action pro-
tocol letter to Persad-Bissessar last
Thursday after the Prime Minister
allegedly posted comments on social
networking site Facebook and Twitter
last week in which she allegedly
accused Rowley of fabricating a
thread of emails which sparked the
scandal two years ago.
Rowley demanded that Persad-
Bissessar respond to the legal letter
on Monday afternoon. However,
before the deadline her lawyer Wayne
Sturge wrote to Rowley s legal team
seeking an extension.
In Sturge s three-page response
obtained by the T&T Guardian, he
claimed the five-day window given
to the Prime Minister to respond
was "woefully inadequate."
"Further it would be remiss of me
not to use this opportunity to high-
light that notably absent from yours
is any justification whatsoever for
departing from what has come in
practice to be the usual 28 day pre-
action response time; particularly so
as the controversial Emailgate affair
concerning your client has long been
in the public domain," Sturge said.
He said he needed until June 15
to comprehensively investigate Row-
ley s claims and to take instructions
from his client to prepare a response.
He said the process would take
considerable time as the posts attrib-
uted to Persad-Bissessar would have
to be verified as she was sometimes
the victim of Internet trolling and
social media profile cloning.
Up to late yesterday, there had
been no response to Persad-Bisses-
sar s request from Rowley s lawyer
PM wants more time to
respond to Rowley lawsuit
Political leader of Tobago Forwards Christlyn Moore
speaks during Tuesday's news briefing.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Dr Keith Rowley
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