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As the date for the general election draws
closer, the Ministry of Health says it remains
committed to improving the services being
offered to the public and is moving ahead
with plans to construct a new facility at the
Mt Hope Women s Hospital which will pro-
vide support and ancillary services for staff
Touring the Colposcopy Centre around
mid-morning yesterday, Health Minister Dr
Fuad Khan admitted that the entire building
would not be completed in time to be formally
opened prior to the general election of Sep-
However, he is hopeful Block A will be ready
by the end of the month.
Accompanied by chief medical officer Dr
Colin Furlonge and external patient programme
administrator Beesham Seetaram, Khan was
treated to a brief tour of the unfinished prem-
Although none of the members of the tour-
ing party were presented with safety equipment
prior to entering the site, it was also observed
that workers too seemed to be without safety
harnesses, hard hats and flak jackets. Some
were seen climbing up and down scaffolding
and performing other tasks without the proper
It was only after that was pointed out to
on-site officers that Khan and other officials
were presented with hard hats and flak jackets
midway into the tour.
The contractor has been named as Adams
Contracting, while the National Insurance
Property Development Company Ltd (Nipdec)
was listed as the project manager.
Poking his head into the bathrooms, ultra-
sound rooms, storerooms, medical records
room, examination rooms, seminar and teach-
ing rooms, pharmacy quarters, colposcopy
room, breast-feeding room and the lamaze
room, Khan commented on the fixtures being
used and enquired of the time that was needed
to complete the job.
Addressing reporters outside as the work
continued apace, Khan explained that idea
for an additional facility was conceptualised
four years ago.
Revealing that there was a need to overhaul
T&T s neonatal intensive care systems, the
minister promised the new centre had been
designed "with that in mind, from the ground
up." Uncertain as to the final cost of the new
building, Khan said he believed it was around
Laundry workers hot and sweaty
Meanwhile, laundry workers at the
Mt Hope Women's Hospital took
advantage of the minister's presence
yesterday to highlight the deplorable
conditions under which they operated
Declining to provide their names,
some of the workers complained of the
unsanitary conditions they were forced
to endure in order to get their job done.
Among their concerns were the
cramped physical space, the heat, noise
and generally unsafe atmosphere.
Although Khan did not meet with
the workers, he was pressed to answer
questions from reporters as to what
could be done to address the matter.
Admitting that their complaints had
merit, Khan promised his ministry was
working on a new system.
Referring to the private contractor
who provides laundry services at that
particular hospital, Khan revealed that
tenders would be issued soon to
secure another firm for the provision
of services at that location.
Unable to say when that would be
done, Khan said: "I believe every single
hospital should have its own laundry
system and run it with its own staff."
Travel to Tobago dips due to seaweed
Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed, centre, holds up an enlarged version of the Tourism Tour Guiding
Safety and Security Handbook, along with association president Wendell Griffith, and other tour
guides at yesterday's handing over ceremony of the booklet at his ministry at the International
Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed says
he has seen a decline in travel to Tobago
since large deposits of seaweed began
accumulating along its shores.
Hadeed was speaking yesterday at the
Tourism Tour Guiding Safety and Security
Handbook handover ceremony at the
ministry s office, at the International
Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain.
He said attempts were being made to
address the influx of seaweed at Speyside
in Tobago. "I have been advised that there
has been some cancellations in Tobago
because of the seaweed. It is a natural
disaster that comes every seven years.
The Ministry of Tourism has extended
a helping hand to the Tobago House of
Assembly. We are trying to find out and
ascertain how much is on the east coast.
It came in overnight without anybody
knowing and it is quite a lot," he said.
Hadeed said it had not affected the
whole of Tobago and there was more to
visit in Tobago than beaches. "There are
so many other things to go to than the
beach. Where can we put the seaweed?
The logistics have to be worked out," he
said. Two months ago, an event was
organised for visitors to tour the Belmont
community. However, four people were
shot dead in separate incidents in the district. Speak-
ing about the incidents of crime, Hadeed said, "We
want the security to take care of those things. I am
sorry to hear those things in the Belmont area. We
want to see the community bring in values and ben-
"We are doing an audit of all areas where we can
have community-based projects. Then we can put
in place all different ideas for projects in those areas,"
he said. "Crime is all over the world. We are trying
as a Government to ensure that we are working
towards the elimination of it.
The commissioner (of police) made a lot of pro-
nouncements about the reductions of serious crimes
last year and if you look at the statistics [they show]
that he is working towards solving crime," he said.
Hadeed said he did not think T&T was more dan-
gerous than any other country and visitors and cit-
izens had to be mindful of their environment. "We
are at an era to do more and help one another. We
can t take it for granted and it will change."
Tourism Development Company Limited chairman
Umesh Rampersad said safety and security were
crucial considerations for the tourism industry. He
said a tourism destination s success or failure hinged
on its ability to provide a safe and secure environment
for its visitors.
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