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Applications are invited from suitable candidates, for the following positions at a lead-
ing private healthcare institution in San Fernando:
• Must be holder of full registration and be in good standing with the Nursing Council of
Trinidad & Tobago.
• A minimum of three (3) years experience in acute medical and surgical conditions.
• Administrative, interpersonal and other skills will be invaluable.
• Experience in Critical Care Nursing will be an asset.
• Specialist Oncology Nurses with experience in administration of Chemotherapy.
• Experience in preparation of Chemotherapy will be an asset.
• Interpersonal and good communication skills; must be a team player.
OPERATING ROOM STAFF
• Trained Operating Theatre Nurse or Operating Theatre Technician.
• Such persons may have special interest in different Surgical Specialties.
CLINICAL ONCOLOGIST / RADIATION ONCOLOGIST
• The appropriate person should have a radiation therapist background,
relevant experience in Dosimetry.
• A minimum of three (3) years experience working as a Pharmacist in an
rapher or cross-sectional imaging.
CARDIAC TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS
three (3) years experience working in a cardiac Cath Lab or on a Coronary Care
CARDIAC NURSES AND CARDIAC CATH LAB NURSES
Quenca Street, San Fernando with detailed curriculum vitae and recommendations
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Copies of applications must be sent to:
Ministry of Labour and Small Micro Enterprises Development
PORT OF SPAIN
A Debe mother is appealing for
assistance in raising $400,000
for her four-year-old daughter
to undergo a critical bone mar-
row transplant in India to cure
a blood disorder.
Doctors have advised the family
that the child's iron level was raised
to high levels as a result of frequent
blood transfusions and this could
lead to organ failure and death.
Kristal Mohammed is reaching out
the public to help save her daugh-
Oblivious to her serious condi-
tion, Haleema, who celebrated her
birthday on Sunday, was playing
and hugging her mummy during
the interview at her Mohess Road
home on Monday.
Mohammed, 32, said the last of her
three children was diagnosed with
beta thalassemia, a blood disorder
which reduces the production of
haemoglobin. According to the US
National Library of Medicine web-
site, haemoglobin is the iron-con-
taining protein in red blood cells that
carries oxygen to cells throughout
However, Hameela's blood trans-
fusions only began when she was
around a year and eight months
when her blood count went ex-
"She started taking the blood
transfusions every three months,
then every two months, every month
and from thebeginning of this year it
has been every three weeks."
After the transfusion, she said
her daughter would experience
various side effects, sometimes she
becomes weak, develop skin rashes
or her face swells.
However, two things happened
this year which really scared her
and caused her to pursue the bone
marrow transplant.She recalled after
the blood transfusion in April, her
daughter was in chronic pain for
two months. "We had to carry her
to the washroom, do everything for
her. She was in so much pain. I de-
out of this."
Haleema undergoes the blood
transfusions at the San Fernando
Teaching Hospital, but she also sees
thehaematologist at Port-of-Spain
General Hospital who is running
tests to find out what caused Hal-
eema to be in pain for two months.
She said the doctor is also mon-
itoring the iron levels in her blood.
"They are filtering the blood be-
fore the transfusion but the iron
still getting in her blood. The Ex-
jade medication she is taking is to
deplete the iron in her blood but to
tell you the truth I don't know if it
working or not. If it gets too high her
kidneys, liver and lungs could fail and
her heart could stopbeating. And she
is at risk every time she does a blood
"No parent will want to see their
child go through this.All I want is for
my child to get better," the mother
Mohammed said she is aware of a
case where a man with the same con-
dition lived to 40, while a girl diedat
15 years old and several people died
in their 20s.
"I don't want my daughter to go
through the rest of her life having to
be inand out of the hospital for blood
transfusions. I try to be strong for
her, but it is really hard," she said.
Mohammed said two weeks
ago they applied to the Children's
Life Fund and are awaiting a re-
sponse. She said they have already
sent all her daughter's medical re-
ports to Fortis Memorial Research
Institution in India and they have
agreed to do Haleema's surgery.
She said the $400,000 is inclusive
of accommodation, but excludes the
cost of the airline tickets. Moham-
med, who has a 15-year-old daugh-
terand seven-year-old son, said her
daughter's condition has taken a toll
on the family emotionally and finan-
cially. She no longer works and her
husband Hamil, a labourer, often
times stays away from work to see
Haleema has not been registered
for a primary school because the
family was advised to enrol her in a
school after the surgery. Mohammed
said they have not yet raisedhalf the
money, but they will be doing sev-
eral fund-raising events.
Anyone willing to assist can do-
nate funds to First Citizens bank
Four-year-old Haleema Mohammed looks on as her mother, Kristal
Mohammed is brought to tears as she speaks about her daughter's life
threatening blood disorder beta thalassemia at their Mohess Road, Debe
home, yesterday. Haleema needs $400,000 in order to have a bone marrow
transplant done in India. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
$400,000 needed to
save Haleema's life
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