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Dr. Roshan Parasram

Dr Roshan Parasram

CHIEF Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram’s day-to-day “singular purpose” is to save your life, whether or not the borders are closed.

You may not have encountered him personally but he has been present in almost every home in Trinidad and Tobago since early 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic flung the world into a state of anxiety and panic.

As a worried national community looked to its government, leaders and medical authorities for guidance amidst near-chaotic change, Parasram’s unshakable calm and expertise drew him above the noise to easily capture the country’s attention.

It was therefore a no-brainer for the Express panel of editors and general manager Douglas Wilson to choose Dr Parasram as its 2020 Individual of the Year.

Describing himself on Wednesday to the Express as “very deeply patriotic”, Parasram hailed the medical team steering T&T’s Covid-19 response and stated of the award: “This is totally unexpected... I am very surprised but very much appreciated. I am honoured and humbled.”

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Three Opposition MPs are calling on the Government and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to have a heart and stop disconnecting the water supply of errant customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein yesterday wrote to WASA’s executive director Lennox Sealey urging him to suspend the drive and display humanity as people are suffering and strapped for cash in the pandemic given the lockdowns.

The same UNC people calling on the Government to instruct WASA to hold its hand on debt collection are the same ones who complain in the Parliament and elsewhere that they constituents are not getting water.

“You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have your cake and eat it,” Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said yesterday, as he responded to calls from several UNC MPs to grant a moratorium on the payment of water rates and stop its disconnection drive during the pandemic because people are under pressure.

Smooth sailing.

Braving inclement weather, Barataria resident Kenneth Campbell, 84, boasted he had gotten his second Sinopharm vaccine at Barataria Health Centre yesterday.

While awaiting his driver, Campbell, father of late forest ranger Keith Campbell (who was killed in the line of duty in 2016), said: “The first vaccine, I got was from a man. I did not feel it. The second vaccine was from a woman, and I felt it. It went well.”

Starting Wednesday and yesterday, he was among thousands of elderly citizens (age 65 and up) who got vaccines under the Health Ministry’s “Triple E System—the Elderly Express Experience.”

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is reminding citizens that patrols will be out prior to and during the enforcement of this weekend’s extended curfew.

In a media release issued yesterday, Griffith noted the actions and comments of “social media trained law enforcement experts”, who appeared to be questioning the rationale in implementing roadblocks throughout the country.

Time is critical if you are searching for a missing loved one.

Kelvin Ballantyne had been missing for about three months from his Tobago home before his family members in Trinidad were informed that he had disappeared.

Kelvin, also known as “Redman”, is described by his sister, Cindy Noel, as “one of the most well-known people in Lambeau, and maybe even across the island because of his job as an electrician”.