Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Fuad Khan calls UDeCOTT Chairman an "a** in lion's clothing"

Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has referred to Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) Noel Garcia as "an a** in lion's clothing".

Khan took issue with recent comments made by Garcia pertaining to the Couva Children's Hospital which was constructed under the last administration.

According to media reports, Garcia said the 250-bed facility only had 50 beds for children and was never intended to be a paediatric hospital. 

Responding to these claims, Khan said Garcia reminded him of the "a**" in the Aesop fable An A** in Lion's Clothing.

"In this cautionary tale, Aesop explained how an a** was able to spread mischief and mayhem among his village by simply wearing the skin of a lion, thereby tricking the other animals," Khan said. 

"This is exactly the same principle being used by Mr. Garcia as he attempts to deceive the population with his outlandish claims that the facility built at Couva was not meant to be a Children's Hospital, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth."

Khan said while 50 beds were outfitted to care for children, Garcia failed to mention that of the 200 remaining beds, 30 were assigned to pre and post-natal care for mothers in the maternity section of the facility. 

"The maternal and paediatrics sections were devoted the largest amount of resources in the hospital, while the rest was allocated to a number of smaller units for Adults, such as the Burns and Plastics Programme, Diagnostics and Imaging, and Outpatients Clinics, among others," said Khan. 

The former health minister renewed his call for the hospital to be opened in phases, saying the government has been very vague in its communication on the matter. He said the public had only received "wishy-washy" promises, excuses and blaming of the former administration.

"While Mr. Garcia presents himself in the same manner as the a** from the fable however, the question still lingers over his head concerning the opening of the Hospital, and more specifically, when this will occur," he said.

He added that the citizens of this country deserve action and assistance instead of the excuses and apologies.

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