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New oil recovery
Recently appointed Minister of
Energy Franklin Khan is promising
to reactivate oil production in Fyzabad
and Forres Reserve.
Speaking at a People s National
Movement (PNM) local government
election meeting at Charlie King Junc-
tion Fyzabad on Saturday night, Khan
said the areas can be returned to their
former oil-boom days.
"We are looking at the reactivation
of oil production on-shore in Fyzabad
and Forres Reserve, Palo Seco Guapo
and Point Fortin," he said.
Khan said that the fields in both
areas had already yielded over one bil-
lion barrels of oil but had a significant
He said this oil can be recovered
using a process called Enhanced Oil
"We plan through Petrotrin to
embark on a massive EOR project using
carbon dioxide because it currently
being produced as a waste product in
Point Lisas...we will use the carbon
dioxide and inject it into the wells to
recover the oil."
"By the end of 2017 into 2018 we are
planning to have major new production
projects once again and Fyzabad, Forest
Reserve, Palo Seco can once again
become booming communities."
Addressing local government reform
Khan told candidates for the
Penal/Debe and Siparia Regional Cor-
porations the devolution of power that
comes with the proposed changes
would mean they would be collecting
land and building taxes in their own
communities for use in those commu-
He said this would also ensure that
taxes are paid on time and are kept
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, also
spoke at the meeting, in his first
appearance in Fyzabad since he
assumed office in 2015.
Rowley told supporters that the local
government reform was first concep-
tualised when the party was in Oppo-
"The PNM does it s best thinking
and best of planning while in Oppo-
sition," he said.
"It has always been like that because
we always expect to get back into
New draft policy
for doctors soon
The absence of specialist register has
left the door open for any doctor to
brand himself or herself a specialist
and charge exorbitant specialist fees.
And there are doctors who continue
to practice without renewing their
These was among the concerns which
came out of Friday s Joint Select Com-
mittee meeting held in Parliament where
members of the Medical Council of T&T
and officials of the Health Ministry
President of the Medical Board Prof
Terence Seemungal said despite a draft
policy submitted to the ministry there
still remained no specialist doctors in
"The Medical Board Act specifically
states that there should be a specialist
register but there has been a lot of dif-
ficulty in coming up with the criteria
for the register and it was only when
the regulations were passed in 2014 we
had what was necessary to do so,"
He said a draft policy submitted to
the ministry which was being fine-tuned
and the final version was expected to
be soon implemented.
And while a doctor may be advanced
academically and viewed by his peers
as a "specialist"
, Seemungal said, this
was in fact not the case since there was
no register in place.
He said doctors who do not renew
their license could still practice.
"That is a very sad state of affairs and
the problem with that is the Medical
Board Act," Seemungal said which need-
ed to be amended adding that there was
a rigorous procedure before one became
registered as a doctor.
"But if once you are registered and
you don t pay your fees we do not have
a procedure to erase you and that is the
problem with that because we do not
have that legal capability," Seemungal
Chief Medical Officer Dr Akenath
Misir said the draft policy was currently
being examined by the ministry.
He said locals chose to remain in for-
eign countries rather than return where
the benefits were better.
And while there may some doctors
who were sub-specialist, Misir said there
remained the lack of full-fledged spe-
cialist in a number of areas including
Health sector advisor Asfir Ali said
discussions were taking place with the
University of the West Indies to establish
On the shortage of doctors in the pub-
lic health system, Seemungal said, the
problem resided in sub-specialist and
specialists areas but not doctors at the
Misir, who agreed, said a ten-year
manpower plan for the health sector
was currently being developed including
liaising with the education ministry so
that scholarships could be offered in
"We are still recruiting doctors to
address these deficiencies but it is multi-
faceted including funding," Misir said.
Asked about the lack of people being
trained in the forensic pathology field,
Misir said, this field was not available
in T&T but rather in foreign jurisdic-
PNM supporters during the party's
public meeting at Charlie King
Junction, Fyzabad on Saturday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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