“YOU are expected to perform to the best of your ability, ensuring the facilities are maintained.”
This was the admonition given by Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Dr Agatha Carrington on Tuesday as 16 people received their instruments of appointment to two committees to oversee homes for old people and children in Tobago.
Addressing the new members at the division’s head office in Glen Road, Carrington noted the importance of the committees, saying, “Facilities for elderly and children require our attention.”
She said the roles of the committees involved periodic assessments to ensure the homes meet the set standards and, more importantly, to tell the authorities of any interventions that might be required.
The FRCs were established in May 2017 with the aim of assessing, reporting and ensuring that the standards for each of the establishments are met.
The committees comprise eight members each.
The members of the committee on Homes for Older Persons are Chairman Dr Onyeka Okpala, deputy chairman Elizabeth Burris-Powder and embers Suzette Woods-James, Garth Jacob, Natalie Cummings-Moses, Hector Trim, Alexander Thomas and Ingrid Salandy-Allan.
The members of the committee for Homes for Children include chairman Audrey George, deputy chairman Nigel Walcott and members Elroy Julien, Ferdinand Wheeler, Kester Bonas, Lorine Joefield, Andy Clarke-Maxwell and Hayley Nicholson-Cox.
Both committees will serve for a period of a year.