Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 3rd 2015 Contents passion and drive in pursuing the Carifta
ideal. It took some doing as he hit many
stumbling blocks but his persistence to the
cause paid off and the agreement was signed
in 1968. It was a personal triumph for
Williams acknowledged his efforts and
wrote to him on April 25, 1968, telling him:
"I wish to congratulate you for the loyal,
effective and energetic manner in which
you have discharged your duties as Minister
of West Indian Affairs, with the successful
completion of the negotiations for the estab-
lishment of Carifta, a task which you have
initiated but is by no means complete."
It was under Mohammed s stewardship
as health minister that the Mt Hope Medical
School was conceptualised and became a
reality. He once said that of all the work
that he did his crowning achievement was
his nomination to the chair of the United
Nations World Health Assembly for two
It was during his tenure in 1978 that the
World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted
the mantra of "Health for All" at the Alma
Ata Conference, a slogan that emphasised
health as a universal and fundamental human
His former colleague, the now deceased
Errol Mahabir, said of him: "Kamalud-
din Mohammed has always led a simple life
and humility has been one of his attributes.
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"I wish to congratulate you for the
loyal, effective and energetic manner
in which you have discharged your
duties as Minister of West Indian
Affairs, with the successful
completion of the negotiations for
the establishment of Carifta, a task
which you have initiated but is by no
means complete" ---Dr Eric Williams
'Humility, one of his attributes'
He has served his country faithfully and with a great
sense of dedication."
When the country s first prime minister died in
1981 there was a school of thought that he should
have become Prime Minister but it never mattered
to Mohammed who said he always put country first.
According to him "building a nation was paramount."
It was the same attitude he adopted in 2009 when
there was a lobby for him to get the country s highest
national award the Trinity Cross. The Patrick Manning
government failed to respond to the lobby.
Mohammed said then: "The award was in the
hands of the committee and the Prime Minister and
if they didn t want to give it, I can do nothing about
it," adding: "I am a humble man who does not want
anything once the people recognise me."
A year later in 2010 then prime minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar awarded Mohammed with the coun-
try s highest award, the name had by this time been
changed to the Order of the Republic of T&T.
He would receive other accolades. In 2011 he
received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from
the University of the West Indies and in 2012 he
received The Order of the Caribbean Community.
By this time he was ill and unable to receive the
citation. It would be his son, Alimuddin, who would
receive it on his behalf.
Speaking after his father s death Alimuddin told
the T&T Guardian: "He was the last of the Mohicans
in the Caribbean. He had a rich history from the
Federation. An era has ended."
General Secretary of the PNM Ashton Ford, who
worked closely with Mohammed when he was Min-
ister of Local Government, described him as a mentor
to many in the PNM.
"His long and hard work will be etched in the
PNM and the country. He never lost touch with the
people," he added.
Ford said the country had lost a great soldier, one
who served for 30 long years from 1956 to 1986."
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