Fuad: Indian doctors to assist victims
A team of Indian medical doctors will be going into Diego Martin on Sunday in collaboration with the Red Cross to assist people in need, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said yesterday.
Khan was speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's.
The Minister said the Ministry was getting medication together that may be needed for the exercise.
Khan assured that teams were deployed on the ground to bring immediate relief to the people of Diego Martin and environs.
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath said there has been rapid distribution of different grants available under the Social Development Ministry to assist affected people and consideration was also being given to increase these grants.
National Security Minister Jack Warner assured that there will be no discrimination whatsoever and all arms will be extended to help those in need.
Diego Martin North East, Diego Martin West and Diego Martin Central are all constituencies controlled by the Opposition People's National Movement (PNM).
"We shall do what we have to do to restore normalcy in the lives of the people of Diego Martin and the environs and I want to give you the assurance that we shall not discriminate against anybody who is in the need of help," said Warner.
He said he has been meeting with the chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation on a daily basis up to yesterday and has assessed all the persons who have received assistance and those who have not.
Warner said more teams were sent out to assess the needs of the people and determine want is required to bring further relief.
He said he spoke to the Chief of Defence Staff to make more soldiers available to aid in the clean-up efforts.
Some 200 pieces of equipment, said Warner, were deployed in the area by contractors to also clear the debris and dirt.
He added that some 45 people were relocated and another 150 were seen and equipment given to them to help fix their homes.
Warner added that Planning Minister Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie informed the Cabinet yesterday that he will be bringing the land building policy to the Cabinet next month and this will in effect regulate the building of houses, especially on the hillsides.