Dr Varma Deyalsingh

Nation failing men: Dr Varma Deyalsingh

The St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital is full to capacity with some 800 chronic patients, and with no place to go, desperate families are forced to send their relatives suffering with mental illness to places like Transformed Life Ministry (TLM).


Three persons are seen in cages at the Transformed Rehabilitation Life Ministry Centre, where 69 persons were found at the facility in Arouca last night, during a police exercise.

So said psychiatrist Dr Varma Deyalsingh yesterday following the police raid on TLM.

“Those parents who carry patients to Pr (Glen) Awong’s place, they at least had some money to put them there so they would not run in front a car and get lick down or somebody would not harm them. So those parents, out of love, they chose to keep their relatives locked away, however, we have to ensure that those pla­ces are up to standard,” he said.

Deyalsingh said mental health is rising glo­bally and prevalent in Trinidad and Tobago, with one in every four persons facing the possibility of suffering from mental health issues.


Carnival is in the air, and so too is the threat of a killer virus.

As the country prepares for the busiest time of the year, with thousands flying in for Carnival, every passenger from North America, the United Kingdom and Panama will be thermo-­scanned and screened at Piarco International Airport for signs of the killer virus coronavirus, which has infected hundreds and caused six deaths in China.

THERE is no “magic bullet” to solve crime in Tri­nidad and Tobago. Removing Na­tional Security Minister Stuart Young is not the answer and neither is a state of emergency.