Trinidad Guardian Newspaper
In the editorial column dated Friday 25th September 2015, your newspaper lauds Mr. Terrence Deyalsingh for his work in establishing a Director of Women’s Health to oversee the maternal and neonatal units at our nation’s hospitals. I would just like to point out that this initiative was established by Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s led administration following a recommendation from the Maternal Review Committee.
During my tenure as Minister of Health, I worked assiduously to deliver a proposal to Cabinet which was considered and approved. As such, the necessary framework has already been laid in place for Mr. Deyalsingh to carry forward, in first finding a suitable candidate for the position, and then ensuring that this person is given the necessary tools and support for the success of the programme.
The loss of a mother or child during childbirth is one of the most tragic experiences a nation can endure. For this reason it was found that an overhaul and modernization of the maternity and neonatal units was necessary to minimize the maternal and infant mortality rates to the lowest possible levels. As such, I can only ask that Mr. Deyalsingh continue the work that was already started for the safety and comfort of our mothers and our newborns so that our people can continue to live and grow healthy in this twin island Republic.
Dr. Fuad Khan
Member of Parliament for Barataria/San Juan