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THE GRENADA NEUSLETTE.R
For the week ending 26th Februayv 1977
UNIVERSITY IMPORTS X-RAY UNIT FOR HOSPITAL
Within three weeks, an X-Ray Unit will be shipped from the United
States to Grenada for installation at the Geners1 hospital, paid for
by the St.Georges University School of Medicine which commeucea
operations here on January 17th. ,
This was disclosed yesterday (24th) by Dr Charles Modica, Chancellor
of the School of Medicine, and, in an exclusive interview with
NLvSLLTTER, Dr Modics said the Unit had been purchased from the
Southhampton Hospital in New York State.
This Unit, described by Dr Modica as a CTR Futuristic X-Ray Unit, may
also be used for some types of therapy, and the Chancellor said he was
proud of it.
The current value of this Unit is over EC0300,000.00", said Dr Modica,
"but we were able to obtain it at a considerable saving because it is
a used item. However, it has had only four years. service, it's
still in operation, there's nothing wrong with it and it's a fine
piece of equipment."
Dr Modica explained that many hospitals in the United States with
large budgets are in a position to abandon equipment to suit their
changing requirements and, in the ease of the Southhampton Hospital,
from which the CTR Puturistic X-Ray Unit was purchased, a new Hospita:
SAdministrator had replaced this equipment becease he wished all Units
in the hospital to be of the same brand.
Grain of Sand
The Chancellor explained that, while the value of this Unit may seem
high, he did not want to give the impression that any great
contribution had been made to Grenada's General Hospital in term of
the institution's overall needs. "$300,000.OOEC may sound like a
lot of money", he said, "but it's only one piece and it's like putting
one grain of sand into a very big box we have to fill. That
hospital needs so much equipment I"
Advising Dr Modica on the up-grading of Grenada's hospital facilities
is Mr John Digilio, a Hospital Administrative Consultant for the State
of New York. Dr Modica said Mr Digilio has studied a 1970 Re6port
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on Grenada's health facilities together with a study done by
Dr Modica's associates in 1974, and Mr Digilio is confident that,
within two years, the island's two hospitals, the General Hospital
in St.Georges and the Princess Alice Hospital on the east coast,
will be ready for the School's clinical programme.
"This is not to say we will have a modern major medical hospital
here", said the Chancellor, "but, it will be more than adequate
for a clinical programme." "I understand that in Grenada there
are many people who are sceptics of our School of Medicine", he
continued, "I think they have the right to be sceptical and I feel
I know why they have this opinion and I have been careful not to
promise things we cant deliver. The X-ray Unit to arrive soon
is not a major item in terms of the whole project, but it is a
concrete thing and shows we are doing what we said we would do
Referring to the reason why this School of Medicine has been set
up outside of the United States, Dr Modica endorsed the opinion
(expressed to NEWSLETTER on January 21st) of his Special Assistant,
Mr Stephen Vejvoda, that some requirements of the American Medical
Association are not absolutely essential for turning out good
"There's no question about it", said Dr Modica. "I've been
involved with the legislative branch of the United States
Government against the amount of research that is being done in
the United States Medical Schools". "There's nothing wrong
with research," he continued, "but when we turn down qualified
candidates for Medical Schools because the Schools' budgets are
run dry by research and we cant find any more seat for students
because of this, and we have people in certain parts of the
world who are dying, not because of lack of modern research,
but because of lack of a skilled doctor, then we must draw a
distinction between education and research. A Medical School
should be allowed to just educate students rather than being
required to have 90% of their budget devoted to research."
Filling in some details on the faculty of the St.Georges University
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School of Medicine, Dr Modica said Dr David Bro=m (whose
subject is Developmental Psychology) is a US citizen ana
has held various teaching posts in the USA. "What
attracted us to him", said the Chancellor, "is that he had
teaching activity at Albert Einstein Medical School in New
York City, one of the beat Medical Schools in the world."
Concerning Dr Pramod Shah, who teaches Biological Chemistry, the
Chancellor said his nationality is Indian and he was recruited for the
St.Georges Sohool of Medicine from a teaching job in England. Some
7 or 8 years ago, Dr Modica said, Dr Shah taught at the University
of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Asked about the statement of his Special Assistant, Mr Stephen
Vejvoda, to NEWSLETTER that some States, in the USA no longer recognize
standards of the American Medical Association (AMA) because of
"unreasonable" AMA standards, Dr Modica said this was inaccurate.
"There is a growing trend in the US where States allow foreign medical
graduates or American born foreign Medical School graduates to enter
the system on a different standard from the American graduses", he
said, "but all States still recognize AMA standards."
Explaining this, the Chancellor a4Ld that what some States have dome
is to issue licences to practice medicine to students from foreign
Medical Schools who come back to their States without a medical
degree, but who have met all the requirements for graduation other
than social service and compulsorary internship. "This was done
to pressure the AMA to follow suit", he said, "and the AMA did follow
suit". This practice, which Dr Modica said is called the "5th
pathway", is not widely used and "is frowned upon in some parts of
the country by certain circles."
The Chancellor said students of the St.Georges University School of
Medicine would not need to make use of this practice because neither
social service nor internship is required. "We feel the student
will be doing something for the country by going to school here and
helping the economy," he said, "and also, by allowing the School to
promote the health facilities on the island. In addition, after
the first semester, we will have students going out doing work in
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the field for four years to aid the people. As far as internship
is concerned, this will be done in Grenada if the student wishes to
practice medicine in Grenada, but he will have his degree before the
internship is undertaken."
The Chancellor disclosed that of the 197 students enrolled when the
School commenced operations on January. 17th, sixteen have now left.
This is in keeping with what was expected, said Dr iodica, as it
was expected that, within the first few weeks, there would be
between 5% and 10% drop-outs.
Dr Modica said a further drop in enrollment was expected. "we
have calculated on only 150 students going on to the second
semester", he said, becausee everyone in the School is now on
probation. We don't want to have dead-weight in the School.
Although we have modest facilities and major problems getting
facilities ready, we do want to have a fine student body. Those
people who aren't able to maintain good standards, academically,
socially or culturally, will be asked to leave at the end of
OPPOSITION M P SEARCHED BY POLICE
Member for the Constituency of St.George, Mr Bernard Coard, had
his car searched by the Police on the evening of February 17th.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on the next day (18th),
Mr Coard said the incident had occurred about 11.15 pm when he and
his wife were on their way home after taking friends to their home.
"Three auspicious men driving a blue Volkswaggen forced us to pull
up on the side of the road", he said, "and they demanded to search
our car, claiming to have received information that we were carrying
arms and ammunition."
Mr Coard said the men claimed to be from the Criminal Investigation
Department but refused to show any identification before they made
a thorough search of the car and his wife's handbag. "Fortunately
for us," continued the M P, "two citizens in a passing car observed
what was going on and stopped nearby, telling us later that they had
done so to prevent any violence being practiced on us as well as,
of course, the possibility of arms and ammunition being planted on us."
Mr Coard said this was the third time he had been searched for
"mythical arms and ammunition" since he was elected to Parliament
last December 7th, and other members of the Opposition, Messrs
Maurice Bishop and Unison Whiteman, have had similar experiences
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inaltudtig secrohos of the hone, car and person.
"I feel that acts such as these expose the recent calls by Gairy for
'national unity' as blatant hypocrisy", said Mr Coard, "and it seem
to me that these calls are designed for regional and international
consumption while, in fact, the harassment and intimidation of
people continue in Grenada.
NEWSLETTER phoned the Commissioner of Police, Mr Oabert James, on
the morning of February 18th and asked whether he had any comment or.
Mr Coard's charges of Police harassment. "I never have any",
said Mr James. Asked whether he knew of the search of Mr Coard's
car, Mr James said, "Thank you for calling". Pressed for some
comment, Mr James said, "Thank you for calling". Asked directly
whether or not he would comment, Mr James repeated, "Thank you for
It appeared that Comnissioner James was unwilling to comment and
wished to terminate the conversation. This was done.
OPPOSITION M P ILL
Mr Norris Bain, Opposition Member of the House of Representatives foc
the Constituency of St.Andrews South West collapsed at his store in
Grenville, St.Andrews on Thursday February 17th and was rushed to
the Princess Alice Hospital where he is still a patient.
A source close to Mr Bain said today (25th) that he is recovering
satisfactorily but it may be necessary for him to go abroad to
CARNIVAL QUEEN CROWNED
Nineteen-year-old Miss Marguerite Proudhomme, contesting as Miss
Black & White Scotch Whisky, was winner in a field of 5 in Grenada's
1977 Carnival Queen Contest which was staged on Saturday February 19
Miss Preudhomme, who was crowned by Ca nival Development Committee
Chairman, Mr Everette Woodroffe, will receive as her prize a return
trip to Miami for herself and her chaperone, a 10 day cruise on a
tourist liner out of Miami, and US$1,000.00.
First runner up to Miss Preudhomme was Miss Louise Blackburn (Miss
Y De Lima & Co Ltd) while in third place was Miss Cheryl Booker (Miau
The Grenadian Company)
Arising out of a discussion on Radio Grenada during the live
broadcast of this event, a controversy has arisen. Taking part
in the discussion were Mr Jerry Romain, Manager of Radio Grenada and
two announcers, Messrs Paul Roberts and Geoffrey Aird, and it centered
on whether the judging of the contest had been satisfactory, whether
it was proper that foreigners had been selected to be judges and
whether or not Miss preudhomme should have received any points for
her costume, it being contended that it was supported on wheels and
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should be considered to be a "float" and not a '"oatume".
This discussion on the air has created considerable public comment
and NRESLETTER understands it has ceased concern among some sponsors
of the Carnival Queen contestants, the contestants themselves, the
judges and the Carnival Development Committee.
NEWSLETTER contacted Mr Everette Woodroffe, Chairman of the Carnival
Development Comittee (CDC) today (25th) and inquired whether the CDC
had any rules forbidding the use of wheeeLs to support the costume
worn by contestants. Mr Woodroffe said there was no such rule.
aHIR JAS.T IN PARLIAMENT
In sharp contrast to the traditional suits, collars and ties on the
Government benches when Parliament met on February 16th, five Members of
the Opposition wore shirt jac suits.
These Members were Messrs Norris Bain, Bernard Coard, Unison Whiteman,
Winston Whyte and the Leader of the Opposition, Maurice Bishop.
Mr Herbert Blaisze, former Leader of the Opposition, was dressed in collar
This is the first occasion on which shirt jacs have been worn in
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending February 19th, the following cruise liners called
at Grenada :-
February 13th Stella Maria 162 passengers
14th Monarch Star 572 do.
16th Amerikanis .- 859 do.
17th Brittanis y 942 do.
Alexander Pushkin 469 do.
18th Leonardo da Vinci 77.2 do.
Information concerning numbers of passengers is now available for the
following cruise liners reported in NEWSLETTER issues of February 12th
and 19th :-
January 30th Stella Maria 164assengers
February 4th Jupiter 275 do.
6th Atlas 291 do.
8th Stella Oceanie 350 do. it q-
14th Angelino Lauro 274 do.
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On February 23rd, the S S "Geestorest" sailed with 15,254 boxes of
bananas weighing 455,978 lbs and valued at EC$31,918.00. There
were 246 boxes of rejected fruit.
25t ebruary 1977