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Angry at having to wait four hours for para-
medics, relatives of Balraj Jawahir are demanding
to know why an ambulance was not dispatched
when he was injured at El Chico Farms last Mon-
An investigation is now on by Global Medical
Response to determine why no help came to Jawahir
after he was knocked off a feed tank at his workplace.
Jawahir, 32, of Arena Road, Freeport, was on duty
at El Chico farm in Freeport around 2.30 pm on
Monday when the auger of a feed truck broke off,
knocked him off the top of a feed tank and sent him
flying some 15 feet to the ground.
The auger cut a five-inch gash on the side of his
His younger brother, Avinash Jawahir, told the
T&T Guardian that despite numerous, frantic calls
to the local ambulance service, no ambulance was
ever dispatched. Avinash said the accident took place
while his brother was opening the cover of the feed
tank so it could be filled, a task he has done countless
times in his eight years on the job.
"We called multiple times and they told us not to
move him ourselves."
"We waited for hours with him on the ground and
they kept telling us they had no ambulance available
to send out," Avinash said.
Balraj s relatives and concerned co-workers tried
to make him comfortable by spreading sheets of
newspaper and crocus bags under and around him.
"There were ants biting him. We tried to stop them
by spreading old newspapers on the ground," Avinash
Eventually around 6 pm a private ambulance
responded and Balraj was taken to Medical Associates
private hospital in San Fernando.
He is being treated for a gash on the side of his
torso and swelling in the same spot.
But Avinash wants the Health Minister to tell the
family why no ambulance was ever dispatched.
"What is that? We tried to do everything we could
as they told us but even after so many hours they
didn t have an ambulance to send out?"
"The minister of health needs to address this right
away, thankfully my brother s injuries were not life
threatening but what would have happened if his
ribs or other bones had been broken?" he asked.
Last week, Keith Sitahal, 63, collapsed on Harris
Promenade, San Fernando after suffering a heart
attack. Sitahal waited 45 minutes for an ambulance
to come from the San Fernando General Hospital,
which is a stone s throw away from where he col-
He was eventually taken to hospital by employees
of the San Fernando City Corporation Disaster Man-
He died at hospital.
No ambulance for injured farm worker
Contacted for comment yesterday, chief
executive officer of Global Medical Response of
T&T (GMRTT), Paul Andrews says a thorough
investigation into 'systems issues' had to be
done before he could say what went wrong.
Andrews said GMRTT was contracted by the
Health Ministry to provide ambulance services in
2013 and currently operated a fleet of 42
"I don't have a full report, I only have a
preliminary information and I'm really not in a
position to talk about it," Andrews said. "We
need to look at this in terms of how our systems
perform and the procedures that we used
because there are some things that indicate we
need to look at how this outcome was derived."
"So until we have a chance to do that, it would
be conjecture and I won't want to do that."
Asked if GMRTT would consider adding more
ambulances to it's fleet, Andrews said: "That is
always under consideration, but again this is a
systems issue that needs a more in-depth
When he was asked how long such a review
would take, Andrews said: "We'll be dealing with
this with urgently, you know I expect to have
that...and again I don't want to speculate
because we don't know where this investigation
is going to take us but we'll certainly deal with it
In response to questions about the time the
the calls were made and how many calls were
made to request an ambulance, Andrews said:
"Again I don't want to speak out of turn or
release information that suddenly creates
momentum on its own, he added until we have
a very thorough understanding of what occurred
and what if any changes in our systems we
need to take."
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