The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) Therold Prudent has expressed great shock and sadness at the passing of Oswald “Cassius” Maxius of Gros Islet, and has called for greater attention to the plight of the physically and mentally challenged on the island.
Prudent, who hails from the community of Gros Islet and has known Maxius and his family for many years, said: “His death could have been averted if our country had possessed the foresight to divert some of its resources to building modern group homes for people such as Maxius, where trained personal could have offered him ongoing medical care for his epilepsy.”
Prudent lamented the fact that for many years Maxius’s family and the entire community of Gros Islet stood helpless as he suffered numerous epilepsy attacks on the streets of Gros Islet.
“Last December, when Maxius was sitting quietly on the steps of a bar, in the vicinity of the Gros Islet Friday night events, he suddenly collapsed onto the sidewalk. Fortunately, there were people around who witnessed what had happened and were able to help him to his feet once the attack had subsided. We must do much better than that as a country”.
Prudent also questioned why there wasn’t trained lifeguards positioned along the shores of Gros Islet Bay during the current summer school holidays.
He stated, “If there had been lifeguards on patrol, they would have cast a protective eye on Maxius.”
“Death is not an easy thing for a community to face. Our hearts go out to Oswald “Cassius” Maxius family; and I hope that lessons are learnt from this tragedy whereby the mental and physically challenged in our midst will finally receive the assistance they deserve,” Prudent concluded.