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The country's most
Officials from the Ministry of
Health and the North West
Regional Health Authority
(NWRHA) are seeking the pub-
lic s assistance in devising a
method whereby emergency
health personnel can be made to
feel safe, so they can respond to
calls in a timely manner, from
residents living in "high-risk
The invitation was issued by
the NWRHA s CEO Judith Baliram
during a public board meeting at
the National Library, Port-of-
Baliram was responding to a
concern by Alderman Rono Cal-
lender of the Port-of-Spain City
Corporation that the insistence of
EHS workers not to go to high-
risk areas without a police escort
had led to the untimely death of
an elderly Port-of-Spain woman.
Callender raised the issue during
the question and answer segment,
in which he related that a woman
known as Ms Margaret, of Riley
Trace, East Dry River, died on July
9, while awaiting medical atten-
Recalling the facts yesterday,
Callender said 45 minutes elapsed
between the time he contacted
the EHS and the time the workers
arrived on the scene because they
had refused to enter the area with-
out a police escort.
Callender said the woman had
complained of feeling unwell but
by the time the ambulance arrived
she was already dead.
Highlighting the issue, Callen-
der said the very same EHS work-
ers were not "afraid" to stop to
purchase food and other supplies
in the Port-of-Spain area, yet they
insisted on a police escort when
they had to respond to calls for
help by the public.
Indicating they were willing to
work with the regional health
authorities and the Ministries of
Health and National Security to
address the matter, Baliram invited
suggestions on how that could be
The NWRHA hosted its annual
public board meeting yesterday,
during which they presented an
overview of the projects currently
underway and future plans.
Revealing that officials are
expected to turn the sod to begin
construction of the new Carenage
Health Centre tomorrow, Baliram
said they remained committed to
other projects that had already
started at the Port-of-Spain Gen-
Those included the installation
of a new elevator at the north
block, construction of a platform
for a CT scanner and paving
works, he noted.
Baliram said the NWRHA had
been working to improve its serv-
ices and infrastructure at PoSGH,
the St James Medical Sciences
Complex and St Ann s Hospital,
as they sought to expand opera-
tions throughout the region.
Encouraging the public to con-
tinue partnering with officials to
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams is likely to get a fourth extension
of his contract from the Police Service
The commission is expected to meet
Williams at 10 am at its office at the corner
of Churchill-Roosevelt Highway and Pasea
Main Road, Tunapuna.
As part of the review process, the achieve-
ments and challenges of the Police Service
were expected to be taken into consideration,
a spokesman said yesterday.
Williams got his third extension in January
this year. He was appointed to act on August
7, 2012 to replace former Police Commis-
sioner Dwayne Gibbs, who resigned, along
with former Deputy Commissioner Jack
Contacted yesterday, Williams confirmed
he was meeting with the commission today.
Concerns raised over EHS
response in high-risk areas
move the process forward and
satisfy their needs, she said the
introduction of extended clinic
hours was one example of the
authority s attempt to better serve
Several outreach initiatives, both
at the school and community lev-
els, have also been introduced.
These include health and well-
ness fairs, school health pro-
grammes at both the primary and
secondary levels, health workshops
offering free testing in a number
of areas, mental health workshops
and specialist pediatric clinics.
During her presentation of the
NWRHA s performance and
achievement record for 2013/2014,
Baliram said it had carried out
several projects at health centres
in San Juan, Oxford Street, Santa
Cruz and Diego Martin as part of
its mandate to improve the quality
of services offered to the public.
New equipment was also
acquired and with infrastructural
upgrades continuing, Baliram said
efforts were also made to settle
outstanding wage negotiations
with monthly and daily paid staff.
During the question and answer
segment, Baliram said while the
plan for the new Port-of-Spain
General Hospital had been sub-
mitted to the ministry on July 8,
it was not included in the
2013/2014 fiscal year.
The authorities also hope to
start work on the new Diego Mar-
tin Health Centre and has prom-
ised that short-term measures to
improve the physical facilities at
the PoSGH will be completed
CEO of the North West Regional Health Authority, Judith Baliram, right, reacts to a comment during the
authority's public board meeting at the National Library, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. At left
is the authority's chairman, Dr Andy Bhagwandass. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Top cop may
A Rio Claro man who chopped his
cousin on the face after accusing him of
stealing eggs was yesterday found guilty
on the lesser count of wounding with
intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
After deliberating for almost three hours,
a nine-member jury returned with a not
guilty verdict in favour of Steve "Scraper"
Edwards on the more serious charge of
attempted murder, but guilty on the
wounding with intent charge.
However, sentence was deferred by Jus-
tice Hayden St Clair-Douglas for
Edwards s attorney Cedric Neptune to
prepare a mitigation plea and for a pro-
bation officer s report.
The victim, Don Sutherland, who was
left with a scar on left side of his jaw from
the chopping, testified that on October
24, 2004, Edwards s sister Patricia had
accused him of stealing eggs.
He recalled that he returned to his
Brother s Road, Rio Claro home, told his
wife what happened and around 7 pm
they began to walk to Patricia s home to
clear his name because "it was the children
(of Steve Edwards s wife) that stole the
eggs and break it up in the brother s yard."
He, however, met Patricia at Edwards s
home and they argued over the eggs.
Shortly after, Sutherland said, he saw
Edwards walking down the hill with a
cutlass in his hand. Edwards, he said,
cursed and accused him of stealing the
Sutherland said Edwards pushed him
five times and told him to head up the
"Just now Nancy coming. We going to
kill yuh," Sutherland claimed Edwards
Edwards pushed his chin up and swung
the cutlass which struck him on the jaw,
said Sutherland, who added, "If my head
didn t come down in time, it (the cutlass)
would have cut off my head clean."
Edwards claimed he acted in self defence
because it was Sutherland who first
attacked him with the cutlasss.
cousin on face
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