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after heart surgery
Energy Minister Franklin Khan is
now recuperating after being re-
leased from hospital following
triple bypass heart surgery re-
This was confirmed by PNM
officials following Khan's release
from Westshore Medical Centre
last Sunday, following successful
surgery on January 8.
Khan had fallen ill last Decem-
ber while on holiday in Thailand.
The Government had subse-
quently denied that he had a heart
attack or heart failure.
On December 22, the media was told
Khan was recovering from issues
related to his heart brought on by a
viral infection he contracted before
leaving the country to visit Thai-
land. Minister in the Office of the
Stuart Young said Khan was being
treated for accumulation of fluid
in his lungs.
After his return home, it was
revealed Khan was attended to
by local doctors who indicated
he needed surgery.
On January 4, the Government
announced Khan would undergo "ma-
jor heart surgery" for a heart condition
on January 8.
Khan was released from the hospital a week
after the surgery which was done by top local
doctors, it was confirmed.
The surgery is the latest heart procedure
Khan has had in the last six months.
Ten months after assuming his first port-
folio, minister of Rural Development/Local
Government---Khan was hospitalised in July
2016 at a private institution to have
stents inserted in blocked arteries.
A stent is a tiny tube placed into a
hollow structure in the body---such
as in an artery, a blood vessel or
ureter---which holds that struc-
In triple bypass surgery which
is done on blocked heart arter-
ies, surgeons attach grafts which
is usually a blood vessel taken
from elsewhere in the body---
such as a leg---to the diseased
This reroutes blood around
the blockage. A double, triple
or quadruple bypass refers to
the number of arteries that are
The hospital stay after tri-
ple bypass open heart surgery
is between three and eight
days, varying according to a
patient's health and whether
complications develop after
surgery, according to WebMD.
After discharge, recovery at
home takes four to six weeks.
Full recovery period of about six to
12 weeks. In most cases, a patient can
return to work, begin exercising and re-
sume certain activity after four to six weeks
once doctors approve.
PNM officials said colleagues are looking
forward to Khan's return.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is acting as
ministers, MPs and
all other officials
heading to the VIP
section of the
Queen's Park Sa-
vannah (QPS) for
the Carnival season
will no longer be getting
free eats and drinks.
This was yesterday dis-
closed by chairman of the National Carnival Com-
mission Kenny de Silva during the media launch of
Carnival 2017. The launch took place at the QPS.
He said the change was due to the downturn in
the economy. "It is not business as usual. The only
areas where food and drinks will be served would
be at the President's and Prime Minister's box. All
government ministers and other MPs will have
to pay for drinks and eat."
De Silva also said the NCC will be manag-
ing the revenue aspects for all pan and calypso
shows. A decision, he said, which was made by
"The management of all pan and calypso shows
with respect to bands' appearance and calypso-
nians' appearance will be the responsibility of
Pantrinbago and Tuco. NCC will be handling the
tickets, the collection of revenues and the gate
controls," De Silva said.
He also noted that because of the downturn
in the economy, the NCC's budget had a 25 per
cent cutback but assured that they were working
within the financial constraints. De Silva said
they were getting better prices through deals
from respective contractors for facilities including
stages, stands, toilet facilities, and tents.
New to the Carnival will be the showcasing of tra-
ditional mas on Carnival Monday at the North Stand
from 9 am to 1 pm. This, De Silva said, would be free
to the public.
He also said free tickets will be sent to all hotels to
be distributed to their guests (tourists) to go to the
North Stand on that day. A ticket for the North Sand
was reduced to $50.
The annual calypso show hosted by Tuco will
now be relocated from the QPS to Kaiso House at
the Globe Cinema building, corner of Park and St
Vincent streets, Port-of-Spain. However, the show
has been reduced to 16 calypsonians instead of 24.
With respect to the parade route, de Silva said it
remains the same with the mandatory judging point
being at the QPS and any two at Victoria Square,
Downtown and Piccadilly Greens.
NCC chairman Kenny de Silva. PHOTO: KERWIN
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