Satiricus was literally scratching his head. He and the fellas had been throwing back at the Back Street Bar for the better part of the night and the words had become a bit slurred and the thinking fuzzy. With Irma following Harvey but doing most of its damage in the Caribbean, they’d been commiserating with their fellow West Indians. It had taken its toll on them!“But thank God, it’ll soon be over,” said Hari with a loopy smile. “Let’s drink to that!”“How yuh suh shore ‘bout da?” asked Bungi, while he signalled to the waitress to bring some more cutters. He’d become hungry.“Don’t you remember the hurricane season nursery rhyme, we did lin Lil ABC?” asked Hari, as Satiricus and Bungi knotted their brows. “Teacher la Rose used to whip us good when we forgot.”“Who can remember one line, get a free beer,” slurred Satiricus, hoping to buy some time and have his memory jogged.“Me remembah somet’ing” said Bungi uncertainly. “June too soon? Da mean hurricane na come in June!”“An who said fetching all that cane on your head made it soft!!” teased Hari. “One beer for you!”“July, standby!” shouted Satiricus, who was happy as a kiskadee he’d saved his honour. He’d been Miss La Rose’s pet in Lil ABC!“One for Sato!” said Hari, marking his imaginary bat like his Warriors’ hero Walton. “August – Lookout you must! Score one for me!”“Septembah, remembah!!” shouted Bungi. “But dis year, like abee na gat fuh remembah; dem hurricane remin’ abee demself!!”“October – It’s all over,” said Satiricus, proud that his brain was kicking into gear.” But I’m not sure this year it’ll be all over.”“Why?” asked Hari and Bungi – while at the same time they ticked off the score on their imaginary bats.“Miss La Rose had said the world would end when Bungi remembered the poem!” he said to laughter all around.
Several medical outreaches that were scheduled for the month of May and June in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) had to be cancelled due to a shortage of drugs within the region.This was disclosed by People’s Progressive Party councillor Arnold Adams at the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC’s) statutory meetingAdams said that as a result of the shortage of drugs, no medical outreach was conducted. This, he said, is creating “great inconvenience” to residents, as many of them cannot afford to access the services offered at the regional hospitals.According to the councillor, essential drugs at the hospitals are short supplied, and many times residents are forced to purchase their prescriptions at localOpposition Councillor Arnold Adamspharmacies. The issue is said to have been existing for quite some time, and despite representation made on several occasions, remains the same, he said.Adams also explained that during his recent meeting with staff at the hospital, the pharmacists informed that the situation is worrying, and advised that medications should be purchased to sustain patients’ lives. The staff emphasised that the drug shortages need to be dealt with urgently. A list was, on two occasions, sent by the Medical Superintendent of the Suddie Hospital to the Director of MMU.Government councillor Julian Cummings also called for the dental boat Janet Jagan (Lady J) to be put into operation to assist residents in the Pomeroon River. Cummings said the boat can provide dental services to residents within the riverine areas, and called for the region to make full use of the boat.Government Councillor Julian CummingsRegional Chairman Davenand Ramdatt said that the dental boat currently requires some maintenance work. As it relates to the drug shortages, Ramdatt said the Ministry of Public Health was written, and to date the region is waiting for a response.