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No water at the San Fernando
Supreme and Magistrates
Courts yesterday resulted in no
prisoners being brought down
from prison and the early closure
of the buildings.
Matters were dealt with as fast
as possible by Magistrate Bramb-
hanan Dubay, the only magistrate
sitting in the five courts, because
of the uncomfortable conditions
under which staff was operating.
There was a sign at the
entrance of the Magistrates
Court, advising members of the
public that cash would be closed
at 10.30 am and the court at 11
The Water and Sewerage
Authority of T&T advised of a
disruption in service in Central
and South West Trinidad from
Monday to today to facilitate
emergency repairs to a collapsed
line at the Point Lisas Desalina-
However, former government
minister attorney Subhas Panday
and attorney Ainsley Lucky ques-
tioned why the courts were not
provided with water tanks.
Panday said it was unaccept-
able that a lack of water could
cause a court to shut down. He
also complained that the Magis-
trates Court has been operating
with only two magistrates for the
last four months. He said the sit-
uation was causing undue stress
to litigants and resulting in the
court running on half throttle.
Lucky said it was unbelievable
that at such an important insti-
tution like the courts where peo-
ple s lives are in the balance peo-
ple in custody could not be
transported because of a water
"And with the coming opening
of the law term one would hope
that arrangements would be put
in place that this unacceptable
event does not happen again,"
The Judiciary in a press release
yesterday stated that the San Fer-
nando Supreme Court was closed
at 10.30 am.
Apologising for the inconven-
ience, the Judiciary stated that it
was hopeful that the courts would
return to their regular working
A fire truck was stationed out-
side the courts yesterday morning
supplying water in the
cellblock/garage area downstairs
of the court.
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For a second consecutive day, cancer
patients seeking chemotherapy at the San
Fernando General Hospital s Oncology Centre
were turned away yesterday because there
was no water to facilitate treatment.
Dozens of terminally ill patients who came
from across the country seeking treatment
were told the facility had no water and treat-
ments could not be carried out.
It took the intervention of the spouse of
one of the patients to call in a favour at the
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) yes-
terday, before a small truckload of water was
delivered to aid in treating some of the
A patient who requested anonymity said
that he was turned away on Monday and
returned yesterday to find that the situation
had not changed. He was able to get his blood
test around 1.20 pm yesterday.
"I came here from around 6.15 am on Mon-
day and I saw a sign on the door stating there
was no water. I spoke to someone who said
they would not be able to do any treatments
if there was no water. I waited until after 11
(am) to see if they would get water, but nothing
happened," he said
He said he returned yesterday around 5.30
am, "because I know there would be all the
people who get turned away on Monday plus
the people who had Tuesday appointments."
After waiting several hours, the man said
a patient s husband decided to call in a favour
"We were talking among ourselves and try-
ing to decide who we could call for help. We
thought about calling the Fire Services but
then this woman s husband said he has a
friend who works at WASA and they made
the arrangements from there."
A truckload of water was pumped into the
tanks at the centre around 9.20 am and doc-
tors began attending to patients at approx-
imately 10 am. But patients are now concerned
that the water problem will continue.
"The water will not last long and when that
is finished, where will they get water to oper-
ate? What if they can t see everyone who is
here today because that water runs out?"
In addition to chemo treatment, for which
water is required, patients also undergo urine
tests and blood tests, as well as use the bath-
No water at Sando hospital...
Cancer patients turned away
"I am very worried about what is going to happen
with my treatments and I can t afford to miss any
chemo. This is very hard to have to play the waiting
game," another patient said.
Contacted for comment yesterday, CEO
of the South West Regional Health
Authority (SWRHA), Anil Gosine, said a
leaking main on Lord Street, San
Fernando, affected the water supply.
He confirmed a truckborne supply was
delivered to the hospital, but denied
chemotherapy operations were affected.
"Everything is continuing to operate as
normal," he said.
Olympic bronze medallist Keshorn Walcott shares a light moment with pupils of the St Francis RC Primary School when he stopped by during a
motorcade hosted by the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation in honour of his Olympic achievement, yesterday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
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