Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Former NWRHA chairman passes away; tributes pour in

Dr Andy Bhagwandass (left) passed away on Saturday at the age of 47. Photo via the University of the  West Indies.

Dr Andy Bhagwandass (left) passed away on Saturday at the age of 47. Photo via the University of the West Indies.

Former Chairman of the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) and Chief of Staff at the Eric Williams Sciences Complex Dr. Andy Bhagwandass has died, aged 47.

Dr. Bhagwandass was found dead at his home around 4:30 am on Saturday.

He died in his sleep. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Tributes have been flowing in, following the news of his passing.

CEO of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) Davlin Thomas said Dr. Bhagwandass was one of the pillars at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

“Dr. Bhagwandass was one of the pillars upon which the Department of Medicine at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex was built. We will profoundly miss him. Our heartfelt and deepest condolences go out from cleaners, patient escorts, nurses, doctors, the executive and board to his family at this time,” the NCRHA CEO said.

Former Health Minister Fuad Khan said he was a good friend, who will be missed.

“Saying goodbye to a friend is always difficult. You will be missed Andy Bhagwandass and your contribution to this country will not be forgotten. Those close to you, family, friends, patients will all be less for your loss,” Khan said in a Facebook post.

Caroni Central MP Dr. Bhoe Tewarie remembered Dr. Bhagwandass as very helpful.

“My condolences to family and friends of Dr Andy Bhagwandass. He was a good doctor and a helpful person. I am surprised to learn that he died. I hope that he will be remembered for the good that he did. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

And, Caroni East MP Dr. Tim Gopeesingh said the medical profession has lost a distinguished member. He expressed condolences to his wife, children and family.

“Apart from his intelligent, committed and dedicated service to the profession, Andy was loved by all his colleagues due to his very warm personality and his unceasing willingness to serve and assist in the management of any patient and indeed, all in need. Indeed, he excelled in his various roles in public service due to these very qualities, most notably when he served as Chairman of the NWRHA and Medical Chief of Staff at Mt Hope in recent years.”

 

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