Former PNM chairman passes on

Dr Lin­da Ba­boolal, who had the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing this coun­try’s first fe­male Sen­ate Pres­i­dent and was al­so the first woman to be chair­man of the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) died this morn­ing at 4.44 am. She was 78.

Dr Ba­boolal had been ward­ed at the Er­ic Willams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex at Mount Hope for sev­er­al days wih vi­ral pneu­mo­nia.

She held the of­fice of Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate be­tween 2002 and 2007. Pri­or to that, from 1992 to 1995, Dr. Ba­boolal served as the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Barataria/San Juan and held sev­er­al min­is­te­r­i­al port­fo­lios, in­clud­ing So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Health.

A med­ical doc­tor by pro­fes­sion, Dr Ba­boolal was a grad­u­ate of Man­i­to­ba Uni­ver­si­ty and the Roy­al Col­lege of Sur­geons and Physi­cians in Dublin, Ire­land. She worked ex­ten­sive­ly in both the pub­lic and in pri­vate health sec­tors.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Dr Michael Ba­boolal, al­so a med­ical and their five chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren.

In a state­ment ear­li­er to­day, the PNM said that dur­ing her tenure as Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Dr Ba­boolal “won re­pute for her com­pas­sion, charm and unswerv­ing moral pro­bity.”

The state­ment con­tin­ued: “The Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment joins the na­tion in prayer for the re­pose of her soul and we lift her fam­i­ly, her hus­band Dr. Michael Ba­boolal and their chil­dren and grand chil­dren in our thoughts and with love. We are grate­ful to them for shar­ing their wife, moth­er, and grand­moth­er with us and with the wider na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty for al­most 30 years.”

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