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Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
at the San Fernando General Hospital
Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh says
more people are coming to the public
hospitals to deliver babies instead of
opting for private nursing homes.
His comments came as seven babies
were delivered on New Year s Day at
the institution. Three more women
were expected to give birth via caesarian
Rampersadsingh was joined by
South-West Regional Health Authority
(SWRHA) director of health Dr Shiv-
anand Gopeesingh, head nurse Rookmin
Pirmal and nurse Flori Seunarine.
Among the first mothers to give birth
• Aarti Nagessar, 27, who delivered
fraternal twins Ashley and Ishmael at
12.06 am and 12.35 am, respectively.
The twins weighed 3.06 kilogrammes
and 2.5 kilogrammes.
• Melissa Charles, 34, of St Mary s
Village, Moruga, who delivered a baby
boy named Omarie Johnson at 4.13 am.
• Dupattie Narine who gave birth to
a 3.38 kg baby boy named Videsh.
Nagessar, of Dow Village, California,
praised the hospital staff. She said when
complications developed during Ash-
ley s birth, the medical team worked
expertly to make sure she and her babies
"I want to say thanks to Dr Jagger-
nauth because they were really good
to me," Nagessar said.
Melissa also said she felt honoured
to have a baby on New Year s Day.
"I wasn t expecting this at all...I sup-
posed to have this baby at Christmas,"
Rampersadsingh, who was on call
on New Year s Day, said he was ecstatic
about the positive response from
"It s a great feeling for the hospital
staff because we sometimes get neg-
ative comments, but we are working
towards improving our service at the
hospital," he said.
He revealed that there are now usu-
ally between 15 and 20 births a day.
"There must be planning for every
delivery...We plan the management
and we utilise whatever equipment
we have," Rampersadsingh said.
Asked how the shortage of equip-
ment was affecting operations, Ram-
persadsingh said: "We have ordered
equipment from the ministry. Some
have arrived already and we are wait-
ing for the others. We have foetal
monitors, ultrasound machines to
visualise the foetus properly, we have
regular sessions for the junior doctors
and we are getting more specialists
passing the exams."
He also said a review was done on
the obstetrics and gynaecology wards
and 24 recommendations were made.
Eighteen have already been fulfilled.
Gopeesingh added that the hospital
was well on its way to giving first
"We have more changes, in that we
have more ward rounds, a 24-hour
obstetrics theatre and we have
expanded the number of obstetricians
working in the department. We have
more intensive monitoring of patients,"
Gopeesingh said, adding people now
have more confidence in the public
Four women ushered in the
new year by bringing life into the
world in north Trinidad.
Kathy-Ann Nimblett, Telleca
Black, Janelle McLatchie and Sally
Ramjattan were among the first
women to deliver babies for the
new year at the Mt Hope Women s
Hospital and Port-of-Spain Gen-
Ramjattan delivered her son,
who weighed six pounds, two
ounces, at the Mt Hope Maternity
Hospital at approximately 1.50 am
yesterday. The mother of three
from Cunupia said she did not
expect to give birth on New Year s
Day. Rather, her son was expected
to be delivered on the sixth of Jan-
Ramjattan said she began having
labour pains from 4 am on old
year s morning until she delivered
her son yesterday. She already had
two girls---ages six and eight. She
said she did not have a name for
her newborn boy as yet.
At Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital maternity ward, Nimblett,
who delivered her eight-pound,
two ounces son at 1.07 am, was
delighted at the birth of her son,
Amari Granado. Amari is Nim-
blett s fourth child.
"I am thankful to the Lord for
this gift," Nimblett said, adding
that the baby was expected next
The Laventille resident said: "I
made an oath to God that I am
going to baptise and take him along
with me to church and thing. That
is my big step."
Similarly, Black was also happy
for the birth of her daughter, Cata-
layna, at 6.25 am yesterday. Her
daughter was the second New
Year s Day birth at the PoSGH.
"I feel proud and blessed," the
now mother of two daughters said
about the birth of her child.
The Carapichaima resident said
she chose Catalayna because it
means pure blessings.
The third child delivered at the
Port-of-Spain hospital was a girl
born to McLatchie at approximate-
ly 7.33 am.
Dr Tim Gopeesingh, acting for
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan,
who is out of the country, was
present to congratulate the women,
who all received hampers filled
with pampers and other necessities
for children. Gopeesingh said he
congratulated Khan for the
improvements in the health sec-
"And of course the nurses and
the midwives and the medical staff
have been doing a great job
improving the standards of obstet-
ric care, reducing neonatal and
maternal morbidity and mortality,"
He noted decreases in maternal
morbidity and mortality, saying
T&T had moved on from times
when there were more than 250
deaths per 100,000 births, to 80
to 100,000 and now 60 to
"So it is falling because of the
intervention of neonatal care
throughout all the hospitals," he
Ministry statistics showed that
there was an increase in deliveries
performed in 2013 as opposed to
2012 at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital. In 2012, there were 3,583
deliveries, as opposed to 3,609 in
2013. The statistics also showed
that "the highest delivery month
for the past consecutive years has
been in November, nine months
after the Carnival festival."
Seven New Year's Day
babies at SFGH...
Mothers in North give
thanks for new babies
Kathy-Ann Nimblett, of Laventille, left, looks after her fourth baby, Amari Grenado, who was delivered at 1.07
am at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital yesterday. Sally Ramjattan, of Cunupia, right, kisses her newborn
baby boy at the Mt Hope Women's Hospital yesterday. She was the first to give birth on New Year's Day at
the institution. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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