Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 10th 2016 Contents VALDEEN SHEARS-NEPTUNE
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh,
meanwhile, is calling on the private sec-
tor to partner with the Government to
make the $1.5 billion Couva Children s
Hospital accessible to the public.
Deyalsingh said, while he too wanted
to see citizens benefit from use of the
hospital, the Government had been "left
with no budget and no staffing plan,"
to have the institution operational.
He also said the Government had no
plans to attach a cost to public health-
In earlier reports, Deyalsingh stated
that the facility, which was opened on
August 14, by former prime minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, weeks before
the election, was never to be commis-
sioned this year as this would necessitate
having all its equipment and staff in
With this in mind, Deyalsingh yes-
terday called for corporate T&T to sub-
mit proposals and cited a similar system
which was already in place and work-
The Government, he said, would pro-
vide a state-of-the-art building, while
the interested companies would provide
the staff, funding and additional nec-
essary equipment to have the hospital
up and running.
He also slammed the country s high
levels of so-called lifestyle diseases.
There s pressure on the system to provide
bed space for amputees and people suf-
fering from diseases brought on by bad
Part of the fair included consultation
between amputees and Peter King, a
US-based licensed orthotist.
Retired T&T Guardian employee,
Bertrand Matthews, 60, was yesterday
informed by King that he was an ideal
candidate for the device. Matthews,
65, lost his right leg last year due to
diabetes. Kamlla Rangoo, 57, of Rousil-
lac, also lost her right leg a year ago
"The cost is US$5,000 and upwards,
so if I can get one through Government
it will ease up my family," she said.
April 10, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
8 For breaking news, call 225-4465 Exts 2032, 2033 or email us at email@example.com
It s time that nationals grow up and take
some responsibility for T&T, says Health
Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.
Deyalsingh was at the time fielding ques-
tions from the media when he attended a
health and fitness fair hosted by the Couva
Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce, on Sat-
urday, at the Chamber s building at Camden
When asked by reporters if the budget
review was necessary, he said the lifestyle
of government-subsidised freeness may
soon be over.
"The budget review is necessary if one
is perfectly objective, the price of our main
income earners which is oil and gas have
declined by about 75 per cent in six months
so an adjustment is necessary. We have
grown up in T&T believing that everything
is free but at the end of the day somebody
has to pay for the subsidised water rates,
"Healthcare is free, you can go over there
at that Couva health facility and be treated
for free but somebody has to pay for it. We
cannot go on looking to oil and gas, and
looking towards the State to be this pater-
nalistic entity that it once was."
"It is time for the children of the State,
which is you and I to grow up and take
some responsibility and this is what this
adjustment is about, having us as citizens
take responsibility for the state of our coun-
try and everyone do a little bit to alleviate
the hardships that we are going through."
However, Deyalsingh said there are no
plans in the pipeline to make citizens pay
He avoided answering a question of
what measures would be taken to deal
with the thousands of illegal aliens in T&T
who put a strain on the local healthcare
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Senior economist Dr Roger Hosein says the reduc-
tion in the gas subsidy comes at a time when oil
prices are low and may not be a significant saving
measure for the State.
However, he said it needed to be done.
"Overall, this is a welcome change as it brings the
Trinidad and Tobago economy closer to the type of
changes necessary to realign its expenditures with
its revenue intake", the economist said.
Hosein s main concern with the mid-term review
presented by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Friday
was the statements about devaluation.
He said while Imbert could not announce that an
outright devaluation of 20-30 per cent was needed,
he had to be aware that a seven per cent devaluation
overall from September may not be sufficient to
change the external competitiveness of the manu-
facturing and non-energy sector to bring the desired
amount of foreign exchange.
On the issue of the Government Assistance for
Tuition Expenses Programme (Gate), which Imbert
said would be reviewed and reported on in July,
Hosein said it seemed to him that the Government
was prepared to make some cutbacks.
"Nothing much was said except that a Standing
Committee would provide a report by July. But it
seems to be heading in the direction of a partial
removal, especially for those who can afford to pay."
Budget speech excerpts on pages A7, A14 & A16
The last thing 23-year-old Isiah Williams
told his wife was that he was on his way home.
The father of two never made it as the car in which
he was a back-seat passenger crashed into a lightpole
along the Solomon Hochoy Highway near Tarouba,
killing him on the spot yesterday morning.
Three other occupants were rushed to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital where they are in a stable
condition. According to a police report, the driver
lost control of the car which flipped several times
before crashing into a lightpole.
However, Williams mother-in-law Arlene Simon
said she heard that the accident, which took place
shortly after 6 am, was caused by a bad drive. "It
was fast and furious driving," she said.
Williams was thrown from the vehicle, landing 300
metres away. She appealed to young drivers to stop
speeding and be more careful on the roads. Sunday
Guardian was told that Williams, a fabricator, went
out with three of his friends on Friday night and was
coming home after liming in Gasparillo.
Simon described Williams who has two sons, ages
four and one, with her daughter Keneal Simon-
Williams as a family man. The couple celebrated their
first wedding anniversary in November.
Deyalsingh's tough message after austere mid-term budget
Grow up, take responsibility
Health minister wants partnership for Couva Hospital
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh addresses chamber members and residents of Couva
while on stage with scholars of EDU Nursing School during the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber
of Commerce Health and Wellness Fair in Couva, yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Man killed on Hochoy highway
Fuel subsidy had to be ended
Links Archive April 9th 2016 April 11th 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page