Death of Guyanese reportedly refused medical care in Trinidad being probed

The 35-year-old man died of a heart attack one hour after he was allegedly denied treatment because he was a foreigner.

The 35-year-old man died of a heart attack one hour after he was allegedly denied treatment because he was a foreigner.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday April 7, 2014, CMC – The reported refusal of health officials at a medical complex in Trinidad to attend to a Guyanese man, who later succumbed to a heart attack, is being investigated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Trinidad Guardian newspaper reported that Jeetindra Sookram, 35, was refused medical treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex because he was a foreigner.

Sookram died one hour after he was refused treatment.

Saying that it was “deeply concerned” about the incident, the Guyana government said it has instructed the Honorary Consul General of Guyana in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

“The Minister has assured that the matter is already under investigation and has reaffirmed the principle that no one should ever be refused emergency medical attention at any hospital,” the Foreign Ministry said. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)