Terrence Deyalsingh

 Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has disclosed that a file on the company that imported tainted eye injections causing blindness in several persons has gone to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for him to determine what possible action can be taken.

The minister said he did not want to say too much because of the potential for litigation, adding that the eyesight of eight patients has been affected (by the injection of a drug).

Contributing to the budget debate in Parliament on Monday, Deyalsingh said “What I would tell the population is that when this news broke in June, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health had already given instructions for a file to be constructed,” he said.

He said the file goes to the DPP “in short order”. He added that he had given instructions that the entity is not to receive any tender awards.

Deyalsingh also said it was a “patent untruth” that the facility in Arouca (Transformed Life Ministry) was ever transferred to the Ministry of Health, as was stated on Friday by the Cumuto/Manzanilla MP Christine Hosein.

“That facility in Arouca is nowhere near any control under the Ministry of Health,” he said. He said a facility in San Fernando called New Horizons, an 80-bed facility, was transferred to the Ministry of Health.

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