Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Now Cabinet team to study report

Baby Simeon’s head was sliced open during C-section

Prime Minister Kamla Persad -Bissessar has appointed a Cabinet committee to look at the report into the death of baby Simeon whose head was sliced open during Caesarian surgery.

Persad-Bissessar had said on Wednesday Cabinet will look at the report yesterday and a statement would be made in the Parliament today. 

However, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said yesterday a decision was made to appoint a committee to look at the report over this weekend after which it will be discussed at the Financial and General Purposes meeting on Monday.

He was speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

The committee comprises Khan, Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, Justice Minister Emmanuel George, Gender Minister Clifton De Coteau, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. 

On March 1, baby Simeon died while his mother Quelly Ann Cottle was undergoing a C-section at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital. 

The surgeon—Dr Javed Chinnia—was suspended with basic pay and an investigative team was appointed to probe the death. 

The team comprised consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Melanie Clare Davies, who is attached to the University of College London Hospital, Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne, neonatologist and former head of the Neonatal Unit at the Port of Spain General Hospital and retired Appeal Court judge Mustapha Ibrahim who led the team.

Meanwhile, Khan also announced Cabinet has agreed to increase the subvention to the Non-Governmental Organisation Heartbeat International. 

He said this is a registered NGO established since 1985 and since that time to now they have done approximately 900 pacemakers which are placed in the heart.

The subvention will be increased to $565,000 from the previous amount of $300,000.

Khan said the funds will be used to deal with new cases—30 monthly—as well as the backlog of 163 cases.

He said further that Cabinet agreed to increase the subvention to the Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation from $25,000 to $225,000 for two-year period to step up its educational programme against heart disease.