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for APRIL 15th 2014
As thousands are
expected to flock to the
beach this Easter week-
end, Coast Guard public
relations officer Lieu-
tenant Commander Kirk
Jean-Baptiste is warning
seabathers that the
beaches are especially
dangerous this time of
His comments comes
in light of the drowning
of Shenelle Bacchus, 22,
of Diego Martin, and
Alex Denesh Sookhoo,
29, in two separate inci-
dents last weekend.
Bacchus, an employee
of the Civilian Conser-
vation Corps (CCC) and
a mother of one,
drowned at Tyrico Beach,
off the northeast coast,
while bathing with
friends and relatives
around 4 pm on Sunday.
Her body resurfaced a
short time later.
Sookhoo, a bus driver
and father of two,
drowned while bathing
with friends at Cedros
on Sunday. His body is
yet to be found. His
father, Namdeo Sookhoo,
has been keeping vigil at
Nurses returned to work at the Psychiatric Unit
of the San Fernando General Hospital after the South
West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) bought
its own supply of medication to treat mental health
Nurses on Monday refused to work until they received
medication to treat the 23 mental health patients on
In response to the nurses complaints, SWRHA's
chief executive officer Anil Gosine made arrangements
to purchase the medication, chlorpromazine (CPZ),
from private pharmacies.
Pharmaceuticals are provided to the regional health
authorities by the Ministry of Health through the
National Insurance Property Development Company
Ltd's (Nipdec) Pharmaceutical Division, C40 building,
Airways Road, Chaguaramas.
However, Gosine said Nipdec informed SWRHA
there was a shortage in the medication.
"We purchased enough stock until C40 can provide
us with some. They did indicate that they would be
getting the medication soon," he said.
Gosine, who was hopeful that the ministry would
reimburse the SWRHA, said there have been shortages
in other types of medication as well.
A Public Services Association representative con-
firmed that the nurses returned to work but noted that
they were still concerned since the problem was ongoing.
"The problem is with the supplier. They are not
supplying the medication. This going on weeks now,
" he added.
President of T&T Pharmacy Board, Andrew
Rahaman, says medical shortages are
In an interview with i95.5 FM yesterday,
Rahaman said the Pharmacy Council was not
involved in the procurement or supply of drugs,
but they have been receiving complaints about
the shortages, particularly at St Ann's Hospital.
"It is not merely about psychiatric drugs. There
is a shortage of quite a few other items which
we have been receiving complaints about.
Equally in St Ann's there are some complaints
about shortages in psychiatric drugs," he added.
Rahaman could not say what was causing the
shortages. Except for St Ann's Hospital,
Rahaman said there had not been any
complaints from other hospitals in the North.
Opposition Senators, from left, Avinash Singh, Camille Robinson-Regis, Stuart Young and Faris Al-Rawi, in a huddle during yesterday's
sitting of the Upper House at Tower D, International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: MARYANNE AUGUSTE
the beach waiting for his
son's body to wash
more divers yesterday to
search for Sookhoo's
To beach-lovers, he
advised: "Enjoy the sea
but respect the sea."
Explaining that at
Easter times there are
strong winds and sea
currents which create
bigger wave actions, he
said although the Coast
Guard would be on patrol
at the beaches this week-
end, seabathers needed
to take personal respon-
sibility for themselves
and their children.
He added: "There are
a lot of incidents around
this time because at this
time of the year, the sea
is a little different. The
winds are stronger. The
currents are strong and
if the winds are stronger,
the wave actions will be
So around Easter time,
people have to be very
careful in the water,
especially when moving
work until late in the
afternoon and you
should check which
beaches have lifeguards
. The last thing I have to
say is listen to the life-
guards on duty. We make
patrols but we are not an
Drugs bought so
nurses back on job
at Sando hospital
Easter beach warning
from Coast Guard tion. We can't be every-
where at the same time,
neither can the life-
"The Coast Guard will
be making its patrol, the
police will be makings
patrols on lands and the
lifeguards on the beaches
will be making patrols
but we need people to
be safe on the beaches.
The sea is no place to
show off to your friends
and your girlfriends as
to how brave you are,"
• If you are venturing out to sea on boat,
make sure you are wearing a lifejacket.
• If you're going by the sea to bathe,
remember that alcohol and sea-bathing don't
• If you are going in the water with your
children, make sure that you keep your eyes on
• If you are going into the water, make sure
that you are on the deeper end and your
children are in the shallow end and you keep
facing and keeping an eye on them.
• If you eat, make sure you take an hour on
shore before going in the water so that you
don't catch cramp.
• Tyre tubes, rafts, etc, are not advisable for
sea-bathing. If you fall asleep on a tube,
because it is very comfortable, the wind and
current can take control of you. They are not
• If you venturing into water and you know
you cannot swim, stay in water not deeper than
your waist or your navel.
Alex Denesh Sookhoo
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