Approximately two weeks after an accident on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), rendered a father almost helpless, he has been discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after losing most of his memory and mobility.Valmeek Persaud, a 53-year-old father of three, who hails from New Road, Charity, Essequibo Coast, was struck down on May 18, 2018, during a heavy downpour by a motorcyclist who was not only allegedly drunk, but also riding without lights.One of the man’s saddened sons, Prakash Persaud, said his father was only discharged from the hospital on Tuesday and is still trying to adapt to his new lifestyle.According to him, his father has steel placed inside his leg, which has been helping him to become more mobile and which is also still being treated. Meanwhile, the man has returned to his normal diet, with the exception of a fewValmeek Persaud while he was hospitalisedfoods for medical purposes.The man, who farms for a living, has not been able to ply his trade since he suffered these injuries, along with severe brain damage, which has taken a toll on his memory, among other side effects.The man’s son told Guyana Times on Friday, “Sometimes he knows you and sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes he is be sitting right there and call you someone else’s name. It’s like he has amnesia because he forgets everything in like a few minutes. Up to now he still questions us like what happened to his foot because, he like, he doesn’t remember the accident”.Added to that, he said his father is being monitored by the Georgetown Public Hospital. He noted in an almost tearful voice that as much as he wants his father to recover, he does not know how soon it can be made possible, since his father’s condition does not look “promising”.In relation to the rider of the motorcycle, Persaud said he learnt the man was released on bail by Police who told the family that they are not allowed to give them any other information.Persaud was rushed to the Charity Hospital, along with the rider of the motorcycle who fractured his jaw and reportedly cracked his skull. The men were subsequently taken to the Suddie Public Hospital before finally being transferred to GPHC.The 53-year-old man was reportedly on his way home during a heavy downpour around 19:00h that evening when the motorcyclist struck him.He was being treated at GPHC for a fractured right leg, internal bleeding, brain damage, spinal injuries, a cut in his right eye and several lacerations about his body.
The Seaboard Overseas Trading Group, through its local subsidiary National Milling Company (NAMILCO), on Thursday handed over a monetary contribution to Dharm Shala, a home for persons who need shelter and other assistance.The contribution was handed over by Managing Director of NAMILCO, Bert Sukhai. According to him, it is part of their annual social corporate responsibility. Other shelters and organisations that would have benefitted in the past include Bal Nivas, Ptolemy Reid Center, Doobay Medical Clinic among others.Managing Director Bert Sukhai (fourth from left) makes the contribution to Kella Ramsaroop of the Dharm Shala“It’s a yearly thing that we do for our overseas company. We are part of a group called Seaboard Corporation and they make donations every year worldwide to our subsidiaries. We’re fortunate that for the last seven or eight years, they have been giving us a donation to give to charity,” Sukhai expressed.Managing Director of the Dharm Shala, Kella Ramsaroop received the donation on behalf of the shelter. Presently, there are about 25 persons who are being cared for at the shelter.She insisted that these individuals are being provided with meals, sleeping accommodation, religious outlets and all other necessities. The company was thanked for their sizeable donation, as it would assist those in need.“I always say that we’re national interest. We not only feed these people, but we do a lot for them. We look after their social and religious beliefs and everything”.Seaboard Overseas Training Group lists its missions as promoting health, development, education of children, empowerment of women, assisting with programmes dedicated to improving public health, eliminating hunger and promoting nutrition, developing sustainable agriculture and providing funding to other worthy causes.Some 98 years ago, the Dharm Shala was founded by Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj. On 1941, twenty years after, he established the Albouystown facility, the Dharm Shala extended its services to Berbice, where it established a building of similar capacity and erected a temple and a church to serve its residents and the wider community.