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Chief Executive Officer of the Toba-
go Regional Health Authority (TRHA)
Paula Chester-Cumberbatch yesterday
confirmed fluids had leaked from a
needle placed in the vein of three-
week-old Kevisha Samuel.
Chester-Cumberbatch said so in ref-
erence to claims made by Silika Jacob,
Kevisha s 23-year-old mother from
Jacob had said after giving birth on
July 18 there was a burn on the right
hand of her daughter and medical pro-
fessionals refused to explain why it
appeared to have been burnt, was band-
aged and swollen.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said
in an interview with the T&T Guardian
on Tuesday although he was unaware
of the incident and the report what
could have occurred was what was
defined in medicine as an extrusion of
fluid when an IV device is placed in a
Chester-Cumberbatch, in a phone
interview with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, said: "We are aware of this
"The TRHA is undertaking the nec-
essary steps to review the situation in
keeping with the adverse events pol-
When asked what was going to be
done to assist the mother and child,
Chester-Cumberbatch said the critical
thing, at the moment, was to ensure
the baby was fine and to ensure the
mother s mental well-being. She said
that was the authority s first priority.
When asked again what exactly was
being done, she said she was awaiting
a full report.
Jacob first appeared on CNC3 s
Crime Watch programme on Monday
to highlight the issue.
She said she was sent between Toba-
go and the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Complex (EWMSC), Mt Hope,
and the San Fernando General Hospital
to receive treatment for the problem.
Up to press time, Jacob said she was
yet to hear from officials on the matter.
Squatters from across the
country came one step closer to
peace of mind yesterday.
The Land Settlement Agency
(LSA) distributed 108 certificates
of comfort to squatter families
from across the country at City
Hall Auditorium, San Fernando.
Recipients yesterday were from
California, Claxton Bay, Couva,
Caroni, Debe, Gasparillo, Penal,
Williamsville, Princes Town and
Minister of Housing, Land and
Marine Affairs, Roodal Moonilal,
said the distribution of the cer-
tificates highlighted Government s
role of delivering goods and serv-
The certificate is the first step
in a three-stage process toward
squatters acquiring security of
tenure in the form of a deed of
lease for the land they occupy.
Certificate holders are ensured
protection from eviction.
LSA chairman, Nisha Mathu-
ra-Allahar, apologised for only
having two ceremonies so far for
"We intend for the next half of
the year to have many more like
this," she added.
She said the agency wanted to
move on to the "deed-of-lease"
stage, where squatters become
owners of their property.
Mathura-Allahar told benefi-
ciaries because of the certificate
of comfort they have been elevated
for the first time in their lives
from being squatters to people
who were now recognised by the
State as having a right to occupy
their parcel of land.
"You could appreciate how
valuable this certificate is," she
Celestine Joefield, 92, was
delighted to receive her certificate,
saying her four-generation family
resided in her Claxton Bay home.
"You know how I feel. I so happy,"
A Gasparillo couple, who have
lived in their home for almost 30
years, said the wait was long but
they were happy to finally have
"I used to say I getting old and
I not getting anything (the cer-
tificate) but I got it. I feel very
good," Vashmatie Outar said.
Her husband, Winzie Outar,
said they built their wooden house
bit-by-bit and remembered when
there were no roads, water or elec-
tricity in the area. He felt secure
having the certificate in his hands.
"At least we won t get put out,"
Mathura-Allahar offered the
assurance that recipients would
soon have a deed in hand.
She encouraged them, there-
fore, to start saving as they would
eventually have to pay to acquire
the deed of lease.
"Start a land purchase fund
because the land we are giving
you is not for free but I can prom-
ise you, it is affordable," she
This group now joins over
1,000 families who have received
similar certificates over the past
LSA falls under the Ministry of
Housing, Land and Marine Affairs
and is mandated to deal with
squatter regularisation and con-
tainment. It is also responsible
for the Land for the Landless Pro-
Included in its directive is trans-
forming squatter sites into sus-
CEO on baby Kevisha's burnt hand:
108 get housing comfort
Samune Mohammed, of Princes Town, receives a certificate of comfort from Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal, right, and Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh at San Fernando City Hall auditorium yesterday.
Mohammed is ill and could not walk into the auditorium to receive the certificate distributed by the Land
Settlements Agency to 108 recipients yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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