An investigation has been launched into the alleged mistreatment
of three patients who were taken to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, after a car slammed into them.
The incident left 44-year-old Taramatee Pooran dead while
Alisha Sankar, 29, Chandrawatee Pooran-Francis, 39, and
Lorenzo Sankar, ten, seriously injured.
Reports indicate that the three women and the boy were awaiting
transportation at the corner of Dry River Trace and Orange
Road in St Augustine on Sunday evening.
Around 6 pm, an unidentified driver lost control of his
car and slammed into the women, throwing them into a nearby
Pooran, who was already dead, was taken directly to the
mortuary while the other three were rushed to Mt Hope by
Poorans sister, Angela Pooran, said when Sankar, Pooran-Francis,
and Lorenzo Sankar were taken to the hospital, the staff
refused to examine them because they were smelling.
were still in the drain when the ambulance came, thats
what caused the smell, she said yesterday.
Pooran said Alisha and her sister Chandrawatee were later
transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, but Lorenzo
Sankar, who has a broken foot and hand, is still warded
staff did not want to examine Alisha and Chandrawatee at
Port-of-Spain as well because they were smelling,
is still waiting on doctors to look at her. She has a broken
hip and foot and her face got damaged.
Pooran said her sister was given Advil and released on Sunday.
came home and was complaining still. We took her to the
St Augustine Private Hospital and they said she has two
to four broken ribs.
Yolande Agard-Simmons, corporate communications manager
of the North Central Regional Health Authority, said a report
has been requested and an investigation has been launched
into the matter.
report, which is being done by Davlin Thomas, the complex
administrator, will be ready by tomorrow, she said
in a telephone interview.
Health Minister John Rahael also said he was awaiting a
report on the matter yesterday.