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Randell Lennard was granted $75,000 bail after
he pleaded not guilty to arms and ammunition
charges when he appeared in court on Thursday.
Lennard, 34, of Priam Street, Diamond Village,
San Fernando, was arrested on Wednesday night in
It is alleged that the police went to an auto garage
where he works as a straightener and found a .38
special pistol and 31 rounds of ammunition. He was
charged by PC Narine.
Lennard appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington in the San Fernando Second Court
the following day.
Police prosecutor Sgt Veano Ragoo produced a
copy of his criminal record, which showed he had
a pending matter for robbery. But Lennard said that
case had been dismissed.
The magistrate granted him bail with Clerk of the
Peace approval and adjourned the matter to August
$75 bail for man
on gun charge
The lives of more than a dozen
cancer patients are now in limbo
because of a shortage of cancer
drugs at the San Fernando Gen-
Since July, the patients have
been unable to get an injection
called Zoladex, which stops the
testicles from producing the male
sex hormone testosterone. Prostate
cancer depends on testosterone
to grow, so once the Zoladex drug
is administered it slows down or
shrinks the growth of cancer.
Azard Hosein, who was denied
treatment for eight consecutive
weeks, told the T&T Guardian he
Showing his clinic card, Hosein
said, "I can die here if I don t get
this drug and nobody seems to
Without the drug, Hosein said
he was fearful that the cancer will
spread to every part of his body.
"I am always sleepy and tired.
I cannot work because I have can-
cer and it is very frightening,"
Both the St James Medical
Complex and the Sande Grande
District hospitals had a supply of
Zoladex, Hosein said, adding that
patients from San Fernando had
to get a letter of authorisation
from a doctor to access care else-
Another patient, Praimraj
Boodram, said he was disappoint-
ed that millions of dollars were
being wasted on Life Sport instead
of improving health care. He said
the Zoladex drug costs $8,000
privately and many patients could
not afford it.
"We are pensioners, we do not
work. How they expect us to pay
for this privately?" Boodram ques-
He said he had been visiting
the urology ward for the past six
Fridays hoping to get the injec-
Former taxi driver Ramlal
Maharaj called on Health Minister
Dr Fuad Khan to intervene.
"Please spend some money on
cancer victims. We are begging
for help," Maharaj said. "We need
to have this drug available on a
regular basis. It is frustrating for
us because we don t know what
damage could be done to our bod-
ies if we don t get it. We need
money to be channeled in the
chronic areas of health care."
Winston Richardson, of Biche,
said he has been praying to get
"I am in a lot of pain. Some-
times I cannot walk. I have a heat
in my body since I stopped getting
the injection. I was supposed to
get it since July 18."
Lloyd Lewis said he had been
paying health surcharge and taxes
all his life and now that he was
ill, he could not get care.
beg for help
No drugs at Sando hospital
Chairman of the South West
Regional Health Authority Dr
Lackram Bodoe, Medical Director
Dr Anand Chatoorgoon and
SWRHA's CEO Anil Gosine met
with the ailing cancer patients
Gosine confirmed there was a
shortage of the drug, but said
SWRHA regional pharmacist
Leaflet Ryan was liaising with
the National Insurance Property
Development Company at the C-
40 building in Chaguaramas to
procure the drug.
He also said a meeting will be
held with urologist Dr Lester
Goetz to determine if a
substitute drug could be
Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan,
who is out of the country, said
he will liaise with Nipdec to
acquire the drugs.
SWRHA HEADS RESPOND
A group of cancer patients who visited the T&T Guardian's South Bureau to
complain about the shortage of drugs at the San Fernando General Hospital
yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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