(Trinidad Guardian) Hours after yesterday’s commissioning of the San Fernando Teaching Hospital at Chancery Lane, the Government secured a TT$950 million concessional loan from the Chinese government to build a children’s hospital in Couva. The signatories at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday afternoon in Port-of-Spain were acting Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and China’s Ambassador to Port-of-Spain Yang Youming.
Moonilal said the “priority healthcare facility” would be outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment. Moonilal said the hospital was also intended to attract patients from the wider Caribbean and Latin American region. He said the facility is expected to be “an integral part of the People’s Partnership Government’s Hospital Physical Infrastructure Development Strategy.” Moonilal said the Government also intends to construct hospitals at Point Fortin and Central Trinidad.
Ambassador Yang in his address, said he hoped the government loan would help improve the health system and for the children in particular. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran is out of the country on vacation and is due back on January 2.
Vamanadev Hiralall, of the privately-run Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN), is the country’s top performer at this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) after achieving an accumulated 13 grade one and 3 grade two passes.
Twenty-six students in the top one percent of the 12,684 who sat this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CSEC) examinations earned 12 or more Grade I passes, with half of them, including the top performer, coming from Queen’s College (QC).
On the second day of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into African ancestral lands and other matters, four witnesses made cases for the return of lands they feel they are rightly entitled to, which were either taken by the state or occupied by private owners.
The Chairman of the Triumph Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) yesterday instructed workers employed on a private site, reportedly intended to build a first-floor pool, to cease operations, just two days after residents called on authorities to halt its construction.
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