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NCRAH pledges to help Nicome

Friday, July 20, 2018
Gloria Nicole shows her tumour that now weighs 160 pounds. Photo by:Abraham Diaz

North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) chairman Davlin Thomas is giving the assurance that special medical care will be provided to Gloria Nicome, who has been toting a 160-pound tumour growing on her back, buttocks, hips and legs.

Thomas gave the commitment yesterday after Nicome, 52, complained that the dressing which the Arima District Health Facility had been providing was insufficient and nurses had stopped visiting her Malabar home to attend to the tumour, as they had been doing previously.

Nicome’s plea for help in the T&T Guardian led to an outpouring of support from the public.

In a release on Wednesday, the NCRHA had insisted they have been providing health care and support to Nicome. But she denied this, saying the authority was lying to safeguard themselves after the truth was exposed.

In going forward, Thomas yesterday said he would ensure special medical attention is given to Nicome.

“We will also accelerate the number of home visits. When we get there it’s to provide care. We will continue to monitor her health,” Thomas promised.

Thomas said the NCRHA has been providing extraordinary care to Nicome since 2016.

“I will keep an open eye to see if there is any gap in there,” Thomas said, referring to her home care the nurses will now provide and quantity of dressing given.

“Going to her house is extraordinary. It’s not a common practice given the constraints that we have. We will continue to engage Nicome’s attention. That is our commitment and we will do better every time.”

He said if the NCRHA were to put a figure to the medical care provided to Nicome, it would have cost approximately $100,000 annually.

Thomas said the NCRHA has also been using special gauzes on Nicome’s tumour.

“That’s why the number of gauzes decreased because we were seeing improvements in her health,” he said.

Yesterday, Nicome welcomed Thomas’ commitment.

“I could not be happier. This is all I have been asking for...proper health care and attention,” Nicome said.

Nicome thanked the T&T Guardian and CNC3 for highlighting her plight, saying several strangers telephoned to offer dressing, toiletries and money.

Among those who offered to help were a councillor, USA businessman Dennis Hicks and charitable groups.

Anyone willing to help Nicome can contact her at 488-4258.


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