With reference to a letter written by an AFC member captioned, “PPP Parliamentarian, Harry Gill is out to score cheap political points”, in which he courageously but foolishly tried to defend a former APNU+AFC RDC Councillor, I am amazed these questionable characters are the ones most willing to risk exposure to defend the indefensible. And I wish to thank Pradeep Bachan for keeping the issue of the Carol Joseph drug reliance alive in the public domain.
The Minister of Public Health, the Hon Volda Lawrence needs to have this case thoroughly investigated and recover public funds spent on Carol Joseph with the full knowledge of those in authority at the Fort Wellington Hospital, West Bank Berbice.
But before I debunk the nonsense written by this latest Carol Joseph apologist, let me repeat what I told his ‘buddy friend’ Abel Seetaram in a previous letter. When credibility is not part of one’s DNA, no one takes that person seriously. And anyone with an ounce of brain or self-respect would know it is not wise to draw attention to oneself if you’re known not to have character.
Just so everyone knows who we are dealing with here, Pradeep Bachan is a former pastor of the Church of Christ, but he is far from being a saint. It is alleged that he was asked to leave years ago. During the drought that affected parts of Region 5 last year, Bachan visited residence in the Mahaica Creek, presenting himself as having certain status and allegedly made promises to get them firearms licences.
He also promised a businessman and his wife on Stelling Road in Rosignol to use his contacts to get their things from the GRA. It took months and an embarrassing public confrontation with threats to take the matter further, for the businessman and his wife to finally confront Pradeep Bachan for a service he failed to deliver.
He is also known as promoting himself as the chairman of a certain board. Someone very close to Pradeep Bachan admitted, “If you know Pradeep, he is chairman for a lot of boards… The man tries to impress everyone that he has contacts… He and Seetaram were cut from the same bolt of cloth.”
It seems like the AFC are so hard-up for members that there is no vetting process in place to reject those who constantly embarrass the party. The AFC will have to decide whether they would allow the likes of Abel Seetaram and Pradeep Bachan to define the image of that party, or take the high ground and cut them loose now to protect what little image the AFC has left.
In his letter, Pradeep Bachan wrote that, “MP Harry Gill has beguiled the media houses and Nurse Sheriyn Marks to score political points for himself and the PPP/C and used both to his advantage in the Carol Joseph medical issue.” He also added, “His manipulation is baseless because the medical history of the patient Carol Joseph and the various surgeries of Carol Joseph are strictly confidential from the various private hospitals. Her medical procedures also remain confidential. Also psychological treatment from Government Institutions for her physical illness over the years remains confidential.”
FACT: From 2008 to April 2017, Carol Joseph has been getting 100mg of the highly addictive drug, Pethidine almost every day and occasionally twice a day as is documented in the Dangerous Drug Act book at the Fort Wellington Hospital. The hard evidence that is in my possession will be made public at the appropriate time if I am forced to defend my actions.
FACT: Pethidine is a restrictive drug similar to morphine that is used only when a patient is experiencing severe pain such as child-birth. It is not recommended for long-term use, and it is highly unusual for a doctor to prescribe Pethidine for Dysmenorrhea.
FACT: Staff Nurse Sheriyn Marks is a highly trained, certified midwife familiar with the proper use of Pethidine. In any event, it does not take a rocket scientist to know that Carol Joseph has a problem
FACT: If anyone closely associated with the PPP/C was found to be using their position to get special favours from any hospital for as often as Carol Joseph has done over a period of 9 years, this vindictive government would have had them and their doctor arrested to face criminal charges.
FACT: Carol Joseph needs professional help to wean her off her drug dependence, something her close friends and party comrades had known for many years, but did nothing about it. Perhaps that will change now.
FACT: Had the RHO, Dr. Cheefoon and Minister of Public Health addressed the concerns of Staff Nurse/Midwife Sheriyn Marks as articulated in her letter, Carol Joseph’s problem would not have been made public.
Instead, the system allowed Carol Joseph to intimidate that poor nurse, with threats of transferring her.
Even now, there is no investigation on this highly controversial issue, and Minister Volda Lawrence has not commented on Joseph’s dependence on Pethidine. Nurse Marks on the other hand, has been transferred from the hospital for doing what is right and honourable. She is being targeted and victimized for being a model civil servant. I call upon Minister Volda Lawrence to do the right thing, and reverse this injustice done to Staff Nurse/Midwife Sheriyn Marks. She is not the criminal here and should not be punished.
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