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Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has
joined the call for doctors, parents and
guardians to report teen/rape pregnan-
Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh
recently said T&T had a rate of 2,500 teen
pregnancies annually with many fathers,
aged 25 to 40, suggesting many men were
getting away with statutory rape.
After calls for medical institutes and
parents to report such situations, Khan
backed the call at yesterday s post-Cabinet
media briefing, saying he had to act as
Health Minister and not as a doctor.
He said the law was on the side of ensur-
ing such issues were reported and con-
tained specific guidance on it.
Asked why doctors were not reporting
rapes, Khan said he could only speculate
and would not want to.
On the issue on the cocaine pellets
recently found inside a man who had sur-
gery done at a private hospital to remove
them, Khan said he had not looked at that
yet but would be checking his legal team
on what action could obtained in that
regard where the institution/practitioners
were concerned. He said there was a grey
Khan also announced Tobagonians
would no longer have to come to Trinidad
to get cardiac treatment since Tobago s
new Scarborough hospital would be out-
fitted by next month with a $66 million
MRI and cardiac catheterisation lab.
He said that would help detect heart
issues and facilitate angiograms and angio-
plasties. The cardiac lab would be attached
to the hospital s ICU unit while the MRI
unit would be in the hospital s west wing,
Currently people who require cardiac
treatment had to come to Trinidad. He
said the two units should also assist Toba-
go s tourism sector where care for elderly
tourists was concerned.
Khan also said Phoenix Park Gas Proces-
sors also have donated a $60 million
cyclotron and positron emission tomog-
raphy (PET) unit to the National Oncology
Centre which was expected to be com-
pleted by April-May 2015.
He said the president of PPGP recently
offered to donate the units for the com-
pany s 20th anniversary.
Currently, he said, MRIS could only
detect cancer areas but the two new units
would be able to tell if the masses were
active or were merely residual and would
be able to prevent the need for surgery.
He said there were no such units in the
region and the devices were two wonderful
Khan also said the health card initiative
would be launched by the end of next
month, with the first phase applying to
CDAP, HIV and cancer drugs.
Asked if he supported rights for gay
people, he said Section Four of the Con-
stitution ensured rights for all T&T cit-
The To Preserve the Balisier (TPTB) group
is looking to legal action over the unavail-
ability of registration forms for members
to vote in the PNM s internal election, says
its spokesman Dr Bose Sharma.
He said up to yesterday its members, who
are backing Pennelope Beckles-Robinson to
challenge incumbent leader Keith Rowley,
were unable to get forms to register to vote.
He said members
1,000 forms but
were being told
there were none.
"It s beginning
to look sinister
now since other
been able to get
they are not from
our side. We are
looking at all
and breach of
rules," he added.
the group also
had concerns about the independence of the
PNM s election commission which was being
established to monitor the poll. He said some
members would be drawn from the PNM s
He accused some leadership members of
dictatorship and trying to intimidate voters.
He pointed to alleged statements this week
from the incumbent team that those who
voted against them would be "jeopardising
their political careers."
Noting statements by Rowley s team, he
also accused the incumbents of flip-flopping
on the Calder Hart issue and now calling it
a mere "administrative problem" after Rowley
had made out that it was a major corruption
matter in 2010, helping to cause the demise
of PNM s Manning government then.
The TPTB s next meeting supporting Beck-
les-Robinson is in Sangre Grande next week,
he said. (GA)
Minister on teen pregnancies:
PNM splinter group
thinks legal action
over voting forms
Dr Bose Sharma
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
Interviewed by the T&T Guardian
on February 5, Khan said doctors
were prevented from reporting
underage pregnancies to the police
by the principle of doctor-patient
confidentiality. In fact, the Sexual
Offences Act stipulates that
doctors must report cases where
they have reason to believe a sexual
offence has been committed
against a minor under their care.
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