Government Legislator Hospitalised After Bee Attack


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – A government legislator has been hospitalised after he was stung by more than 100 bees while ploughing land in Chaguanas in Central Trinidad over the weekend.

Senator Avinash Singh, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Minister of Agriculture, remained warded at the Eric Williams Medical Complex, after he had to jump into a river to preserve his life on Saturday.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Singh said, “I collapsed short of the river as my body became unresponsive and being further attacked on the ground, determined to go in the river, I got up and leaped in the river where 90% of my body was submerged in water, mud and grass, only my face was exposed and the more I cried for help the more the bees stung me…”

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, said his colleague is allergic to the insects and had to be rushed to hospital, where he received emergency treatment.

“Avinash was working on a plot that his father plants. He was alone at the time and fled from the tractor. He ended up jumping into a river for safety and was rescued from there by people who heard and saw what was happening,” Rambharat said, adding that Singh “can move and can speak but he is being supplied with oxygen to assist his breathing.

“He will be spending some more time at the hospital as doctors monitor his breathing and other vital signs. He is allergic to the bee stings and had to be stabilised.”

Singh said that there were so many stings “and I began to vomit continuously what appeared to be a yellow liquid with a strong chemical smell”

“I’m required to stay warded for a short time for further monitoring and oxygen and assure everyone reading this that there is a God, and with His blessings I will be out in a few days fully recovered and back to work serving this beautiful Country and people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said he had been informed that Singh was out of danger. – CMC