Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 30th 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 30, 2014
YVONNE WEBB and ALANA
Gary Gajadar, the husband of the
pregnant Sally Khan, who died at
the Mayaro Health Facility on Mon-
day, is seeking answers after a
release from the Eastern Regional
Health Authority said his wife had
been carrying only one child.
The ERHA issued a release yes-
terday, saying Khan, 37, was 33 weeks
pregnant with a single baby when
But Gajadar said again yesterday
he was told his wife was carrying
In an interview at his Mayaro
home, which he shared with Khan
and their four-year-old daughter
Jada, Gajadar said his wife was a
patient at the prenatal clinic at Sangre
During the course of her pregnan-
cy, he said, she developed gestational
diabetes. He had previously said she
also had high blood pressure.
Gajadar said an ultrasound was
done to see the image of the foetus
in the womb, and she was told she
was having twin boys. He said he
had been looking forward to the birth.
Khan s relatives took her to the
health facility on Monday evening
after she started frothing at the
mouth. Her sisters-in-law Giselle
and Gillian Gajadar thought she was
Gillian said by the time they got to
the hospital she had no heartbeat and
was pronounced dead shortly after.
However, Gillian said the babies
were still alive but the facility lacked
the equipment to save them.
She said the journey to Sangre
Grande where the equipment was
available, was 45 minutes drive away
and the other alternative, San Fer-
nando General Hospital, was two
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
confirmed that the Mayaro hospital
lacked the equipment to save the
babies if they were still alive when
their mother died.
He said he was awaiting a full
report on the incident.
Acting Prime Minister and Legal
Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar
says the recommendations of the
Constitution Commission must be
implemented before the 2015 gen-
Ramadhar was answering ques-
tions yesterday after presenting the
47-page document to stakeholders
and the media at his office in South
He also presented a copy of the
report to President Anthony Car-
He said the Cabinet looked at the
report recently and agreed to have
it put out for public consultations
Ramadhar, who is chairman of
the commission, said four more pub-
lic consultations would be held next
month---one each in Port-of-Spain,
San Fernando, Chaguanas and Toba-
go---for adjustments and will be
taken back to Cabinet for final
approval. He said the legislation will
then be drafted and debated to
Some of the recommendations
were fundamental in nature, he said,
but the people wanted the changes.
Ramadhar said the changes will
provide a better check and balance
on the Executive, but the Opposition
would seek to criticise the report to
"cheapen the effort."
But he told reporters
yesterday,"This is not a political doc-
ument. Those who do not want to
have change will resist it at all costs."
Ramadhar said less than half of
the $20 million budgetary allocation
for the project had been spent so
far.More than 60,000 copies of the
report have been prepared.
Ramadhar said the issue of the
burning landfill at Beetham will be
discussed in Cabinet today with a
view to implementing a long-term
solution, and it was sad that schools
in the city had to suspend classes
yesterday because of the smoke from
Ramadhar, who is the leader of
the Congress of the People---a mem-
ber of the People s Partnership---said
the party s national executive election
was scheduled for July and would
be held on time.
The clause in the Bail Bill which
deals with "threatening to publish
with intent to extort" is directed
mainly at social media, where pho-
tographs can be used to blackmail
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
sought to clear up the concept behind
the clause as he spoke to members of
the media after signing the condolence
book for Karl Hudson-Phillips, QC,
at the late attorney s office, St Vincent
Ramlogan said it was disturbing
that people s personal photographs
could be used against them.
He said there was one instance
where a girl sent naked photos of her-
self to her boyfriend, but they were
intercepted and the girl was not only
ridiculed but "forced herself to be
raped" because she did not want her
parents to find out.
When the perpetrators targeted her
family, only then did the girl confess
what had happened.
Saying the intent of the clause was
to send a "very strong message" to
those wanting to destroy people s lives
by using personal information and
photos against them, Ramlogan added
that social media, if used in the wrong
way, could be detrimental.
"The media really has nothing to
fear from this. This is directed with
respect to the sanctity of relationships.
We have had so many complaints that
social media is being used as a weapon
of mass destruction," Ramlogan added.
The Cyber Crime Bill, the AG said,
was expected to be debated in Par-
"It has been drawn to my attention
on YouTube that our gangsters are
making videos advertising their hab-
erdashery and wares to ply their trade
via the Internet," Ramlogan said.
He said he would pass this infor-
mation to National Security Minister
Gary Griffith. GK
Conflicting reports on Mayaro tragedy...
ERHA: Only one baby, not twins
changes before 2015 polls
The report recommends that MPs should not be eligible for
ministerial portfolios and should instead serve the respective
constituencies and committees of Parliament.
It proposes that the Senate should be increased and all but the nine
Independents, who are appointed by the President, should be elected
by a system of proportional representation.
The report said all members of Cabinet should be appointed from the
President Anthony Carmona receives a copy of the report of the
Constitution Commission from chairman of the commission acting PM
Prakash Ramadhar at the Office of the President yesterday.
AG: Bail Bill to arrest internet blackmail
WHAT THE REPORT RECOMMENDS
In the release, the ERHA
conveyed condolences to Khan's
relatives, and offered support and
The statement said Khan had
no recordable signs of life when
she was brought to the health
facility and did not respond to
advanced cardiac resuscitation
procedures that were done on
The ERHA said the final report
will be submitted within the 30-
day deadline to its CEO, the
chairman of its board, the Chief
Medical Officer and the Minister
"The process has begun and a
preliminary report has been
compiled," the statement said.
ERHA: NO SIGNS OF LIFE
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