Killed: Dr Rudradeva Sharma

The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has denied that the kidnapping of two of their doctors occurred on the compound of the San Fernando General Hospital.

In a press release, the SWRHA said it sympathized with the family of “a cherished colleague” and that the incident was receiving the attention of the Trinidad and Tobago police service.

The release from the Authority’s corporate communication department added, “While security protocols have been reinforced at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH), the incident DID NOT occur on the hospital’s compound.”

It said that the SWRHA was ready to provide any necessary assistance to staff members, deeply affected by the incident.

The release began by stating, “The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) with a deep sense of sadness, commiserate with the family and loved ones, of a cherished colleague, involved in an unfortunate incident on January 15, 2020. Another staff member is currently receiving the attention of our medical professionals.”

Dr Rudradeva Sharma was one of two doctors kidnapped this morning, after they finished their shifts at the SFGH.

Both doctors and the kidnappers were occupants of a Honda CRV when the vehicle crashed along the Solomon Hochoy Highway, near Macaulay, Claxton Bay, police said.

Sharma died.

The second doctor and the kidnappers were taken by ambulance to the SFGH.


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