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Three weeks after he began working
as a mechanic at Vickar's Trinidad Ltd,
Dayanand Persad was killed after being
pinned by a falling motor vehicle tray.
Persad, 38, and his co-worker Sanjit Jaglal,
43 were both pinned when the straps holding
a wrecker tray they were offloading from a 40-
foot container snapped at Rochard Douglas Road,
Their employer, Vickar Persad (no relation to
Dayanand) struggled to free the men and Jaglal re-
ceived minor injuries.
However, Persad was pronounced dead on the
His sister Sindu Surujbally said the family received
a telephone call around 7 pm telling them her broth-
er had gotten into an accident
at his workplace. Her mother,
Kamlawatie sat quietly next to
Sindu, her eyes welling with
tears as her daughter spoke.
"When we got there we found
out he had passed away," she
Surujbally said she felt if proper
health and safety measures were
put in place, the accident could
have been avoided.
However, Persad's employer said
his 26 years in the business had been
"Everything we had properly in place,
26 years I've been doing this job and I never had one drop of blood
fall in my yard, nobody get cut or anything, this just happen in
a flash," he said.
"We were offloading a container on Monday evening around 5
o'clock and everything was going fine until we got to the last piece
which was a wrecker tray, a wrecker bed, it just fall and pin him,"
"It was two of them that got pinned but one came out good but
Day was pinned badly so we
had to use the chain-block
and a crane to move it off
from on him."
He said he called a nurse
to assist Persad and waited
for an ambulance.
"We took him out and
we had a nurse with us,
we called her while the
ambulance was coming,
she said he had a pulse, he
was not talking but his body
was moving a little. The ambulance take nearly an hour and a
half to come and when they came they pronounced him dead."
No flu deaths as
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsin-
gh says strategic planning has so far
prevented flu-related deaths for the
2016/2017 season which officially
ends next month.
At a media conference on infant
and maternal mortality at the Mt Hope
Women's Centre on Tuesday, he said the
reduction was the result of early planning
and policy changes.
There were eight flu-related deaths dur-
ing the 2015/2016 flu season, two of which
were expectant mothers. Deyalsingh said
the decision to ramp-up the immuniza-
tion programme late last year worked to
ensure that persons within high risk
groups received attention early.
Improved interventions also led to
a reduction in the infant and mater-
nal mortality rates at local health
institutions, he added.
The minister said goals were
achieved through strong technical
leadership, policy recommenda-
tions and implementation, so that
in 2016 there were no maternal
deaths at the Mt Hope Women's
Deyalsingh said policy changes
had been introduced by analysing
data and enforcing measures with-
out Government having to spend
billions of dollars. He promised to
work with other stakeholders to ac-
celerate training of medical workers,
including nurses and midwives, who
oversee the birthing process and mon-
itor newborn babies during the imme-
diate hours after delivery.
He added that there had been a 50 per
cent reduction in the infant mortality rate
for January to June 2016 at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram
said since 1990, the world has been able to re-
duce the rate of child deaths by half. Even as he
applauded this progress, he said much more work
needs to be done as in 2015 it was estimated that 5.9
million children under the age of five had died globally.
Head of the Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit, POSGH and newly-minted chair,
National Neonatal Committee, Dr Mar-
lon Timothy, said in 2005 T&T's infant
mortality rate was 23.8 per 1,000 live
births and by 2015, this figure had
been reduced to 18.2 per 1,000
Timothy said this was a 24 per
cent decline. There was a similar
trend in neonatal mortality as in
2005 the rate was 17.4 per 1,000 live births while
in 2015 it was 13.2 per cent per 1,000 live births.
He said between 1990 and 2015, neona-
tal mortality had been cut in half from 63
deaths per 1,000 live births to 32 deaths
per 1,000 live births.
Delaysingh took the opportunity
to announce the appointment of Dr
Adesh Sirjusingh as director, Wom-
en's Health and outlined some of the
areas where improvements have been
Sirjusingh himself said improvements
were coming in areas such as infra-
structure, sanitation, transport, clin-
ical care protocols and public health.
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