Activist advises family to leave him if he falls into a coma
PORT OF SPAIN –– Defiant Dr Wayne Kublalsingh has given strict instructions to family members not to interfere with his body should he go into a coma as a result of his second hunger strike in protest of the government’s failure to abide by the independent James Armstrong review of the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Point Fortin Highway.
Just after 2 p.m. yesterday, concerned persons asked about him as he was not seen outside the Office Of The Prime Minister in St Clair.
Contacted at his La Florissante, D’abadie home yesterday, Kublalsingh told Newsday he was at the OPM from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. when he returned home to soak in a cold water bath.
A barely audible and undoubtedly weak-sounding Kublalsingh admitted his heart was racing and he was dehydrated.
He soaks in a cold water bath in an attempt to counteract dehydration and to get his body’s temperature levels down.
“My heart was galloping off on its own. I try to take deep breaths and still my mind. It has been helpful,” he said.
Kublalsingh said he was visited by his physician on Tuesday who is expected to conduct tests on him to check on his blood pressure and heart rate.
But he was insistent he would not be returning to any hospital for tests and had given strict instructions to family members not to “interfere” with his body if he did go into a coma.
“I don’t think I will be going to any hospital unless I am unconscious and I have given strict instructions not to interfere with my body,” he told Newsday.
Yesterday was ten days since Kublalsingh embarked on his second hunger strike and has said he will not back down until Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar meets with him.
In a letter to Kublalsingh, Persad-Bissessar has stated she will not accede to his request for a meeting, saying also that she will not be held to ransom by his “self-destructive” move of embarking on a second hunger strike.
She reminded Kublalsingh that the matter was before the courts. Speaking in New York where she is attending the United Nations 69th General Assembly, the Prime Minister again said meeting with Kublalsingh would be “unproductive”.
“There will be no productive outcome of such a meeting with respect to Dr Kublalsingh. I think we have stated our position clearly. There is no need for any such meeting,” Persad-Bissessar said.