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Published: Wednesday | January 23, 2013 Comments 0

 Malaria patient from Manchester dies

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

A man who was being treated for malaria in Manchester has died.

Alfons Klem, a German who resided in Mandeville, Manchester, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, but was later transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew.

Klem, who is said to have been in his 50s, reportedly went on a trip to Africa and had received the necessary vaccine before leaving for the region, but had stayed longer than expected.

On his return to Jamaica, he fell ill and went to the Mandeville Regional Hospital where he was diagnosed with malaria and treated.

Witter to get help from House

SPEAKER OF the House of Representatives Michael Peart says Parliament will provide the beleaguered Office of the Public Defender with resources to complete his Tivoli Report as quickly as possible.

The House Speaker is to issue a statement today in the wake of a marathon meeting yesterday with Public Defender Earl Witter at Gordon House.

The Gleaner understands that the senior staff of Parliament comprising the Clerk to the Houses Heather Cooke, her deputy Valrie Curtis and assistant Cheryl Gibson were also in attendance.

"We heard from him (Witter) and the Parliament is concerned about the protracted delay of the interim (Tivoli) report," Peart told The Gleaner.

The Speaker also explained that the Clerk to the Houses has been given the task to monitor the completion of the long-awaited report.

Witter has missed a number of self-imposed deadlines to submit the report to Parliament from as early as August 2012 when he had said that the document would be in the hands of legislators before they rose for the summer break.

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