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No bail on kidnapping charge
A 30-year-old electri-
cianwho allegedlykidnapped a
woman in Vistabella just over a
weekago has been denied bail.
Jeremiah Joseph, of La Romaine,
appeared before San Fernando
Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine
charged with kidnapping and com-
It is alleged that on May 16 at Jar-
vis Street he pointed a gun at the
woman who was standing at the
side of the roadand forced her into a
car. However, the womanmanaged
to jump out of the car a short dis-
tance away and escaped.
She reported the incident to the
police and Jeremiah was arrest-
ed and subsequently charged by
WPC De Bourg.
Jeremiah's attorney Frank Git-
tens asked for bail but acknowl-
edged that his client had several
pending firearms, kidnapping, as-
sault andmarijuana cases.Prosecu-
tor Cleyon Seedan objected to bail.
The magistrate advised Joseph
of his right to apply to a judge in
chambers for bail and adjourned
the matter to June 21.
Deyalsingh: Situation being avoided
Time to deal with
RADHICA DE SILVA
Health Minister Terrence Dey-
alsingh wants the public to help him
address a problem where doctors
are spending more time in their
private practice and not showing
up for work in the public hospitals
even though they are paid to do so.
He made a call for recommendations
during a public health consultation held
at Naparima College in San Fernando
on Thursday night. However, none of
the participants made any recommen-
dations to help solve the problem.
Deyalsingh said the issue of doctors
working in private practice while being
employed in the public health sector
was one which was being studiously
avoided at the consultations.
"I am disappointed that for the sec-
ond time, this matter was avoided. That
is why we want to hear from the public,"
Deyalsingh said. He said he planned to
take the matter before the Joint Select
Committee of Parliament.
Asked what recommendations he had
to address the matter, Deyalsingh said,
"I have no firm recommendations at
this point in time. We are going to go to
the Joint Select Committee and let us
air that particular issue there. Trinidad
and Tobago is studiously avoiding that
issue. It was avoided in St Augustine,
it was avoided here and that is one of
the pillars on which the foundation
on which the delivery of health care is
based upon. "
"Until we as a country find a solution
we would continue going from crisis to
crisis. I was disappointed that no one
raised it from the floor, no one had a
suggestion, no one had a solution. Even
the Welch committee did not have a
unanimous position," Deyalsingh said.
He also called on citizens to adopt
healthier lifestyles as the State was
spending too much money on deal-
ing with non-communicable diseas-
es including cardiovascular diseases
(like heart attacks and stroke), cancer,
chronic respiratory diseases (such as
chronic obstructed pulmonary disease
and asthma) and diabetes.
Saying non-communicable diseases
have the capacity to bankrupt the health
centre, Deyalsingh said he wanted to
transform the health service into being
a proactive model rather than a reac-
tive model. This means primary health
care must be the main focus rather than
secondary care, he added.
Despite spending $46 b in health-
care between 2005 to 2016, Deyalsingh
said it was regrettable that technology
was not used to improve the health care
"The State cannot provide an un-
limited amount of services. We are not
healthy as a nation and obesity has gone
up by 400 per cent in the last ten years.
It pains me to see children as young as
17 years with chronic end stage renal
disease, obese and diabetic who have
to be dialysed for the rest of their lives.
NCD's are a ticking time bomb and we
will not have the resources to treat with
this despite the price of oil," Deyalsin-
He also said that construction of the
Point Fortin Hospital was continuing.
"There are approximately 600 pieces
of steel members already delivered.
"Last month there were false re-
ports by David Abdulah that work had
stopped, but work has not stopped.
"They were doing the back filling and
driving of piles which is underneath the
ground and steel will start to go up in
the air in a very short time. That's when
you will see it rising," Deyalsingh said.
He noted that the facility was 25
per cent complete and would come
on stream at the end of 2018.
Anyone wanting to make recom-
mendations to the Minister can email
their comments to myhealthcare@
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