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Thieves hit Sando hospital again
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is appealing to Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne to help catch the perpetrators involved in the theft of equipment and electronic items from the San Fernando General Hospital. Khan called for Alleyne’s help after two computers and a television set were discovered missing from the Aids ward of the hospital yesterday morning. This is the second theft at the hospital in the last three months. In August an ultrasound machine that cost $.5 million vanished and has not been found.
Police suspect both crimes were inside jobs. In a telephone interview, Khan said, “Obviously it is an inside job.” He complained: “We are putting security to man the hospital and once again things are missing. We may get up one day and realise the whole hospital missing and don’t know where it gone. “Maybe we should ask Ian Alleyne, because he said he has the information. Don’t you think I should call Ian Alleyne, Sgt Alexander? Since he indicated that he has all the information.
“I don’t know if he could go to San Fernando and solve the crime, the ultrasound and now the computers. I would appreciate his help because he had indicated publicly he has all the information and I hope he helps us out with this.” At the People’s Partnership local government elections campaign launch on Monday, Alleyne, who hosts the show on CNC3, said he was willing to work with National Security Minister Gary Griffith and the Government in fighting crime.
The minister said there had to be a lot more stringent security measures at the hospital and he would consider terminating the services of private security firms and utilise public service security officers. The South West Regional Health Authority’s director of health, Dr Shevanand Gopeesingh, confirmed the theft. He said the television and computers were stolen from Ward 17, which is in the hospital grounds but is under the control of the Ministry of Health.
“It wasn’t a break-in. There were no signs of a break-in. Someone entered by using the keys and opening the door.” He said the Ward 17 area is guarded by a different security firm, hired by the ministry. Expressing concern about the frequent thefts at the hospital, he said the SWRHA security and the police are also investigating.
Medical Director Dr Anand Chatoorgoon said he was not aware of the theft. “To be honest, I have not heard anything about it. The hospital manager did not tell me anything either,” he said. Calls to SWRHA CEO Anil Gosine went straight to voice mail.
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