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Wednesday 19 September 2018
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Oncology project under review

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said on Friday, Government is continuing its review of the Oncology Centre project at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, which collapsed under the former People’s Partnership (PP) government. Saying Government is seeking the public’s best interest, Rowley said Government is exploring whether the project can be restarted and there could be value for money.

The Prime Minister said it was curious for Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal to question whether contractors on the project were paid between 2010 to 2015, when that responsibility fell to the PP. Responding to claims from Moonilal that some of these contractors were initiating legal action against Government in the United States, Rowley said if that was so, Government would defend this country’s interests.

Later in the sitting, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh reiterated the flu vaccine is safe. He said there has been no warning from any credible international, regional or local medical organisation to indicate otherwise. Deyalsingh said the public must be wary about people spreading fake news about vaccines and cited instances of this in other countries. He also said there is a backlog of 4,200 cataract surgeries to be done and some 14,000 surgeries have been done thus far. Commending an initiative started under his predecessor Dr Fuad Khan, Deyalsingh said the waiting time for cataract surgeries has been reduced from two years to one year to six months. However he believed there continues to be room for improvement.

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