Jagdeo says Health Minister’s comments “distasteful”

Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran and Sherlina Nageer during the exchange in front the Whim's Magistrate's Court. [Mark Jacobs' Photo]

By Radha Motielall

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews' Photo]
Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo is the latest PPP Executive Member to have condemned the utterances of Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran, who verbally attacked and disrespected women’s right activist, Sherlina Nageer.

Addressing the matter, Jagdeo said “personally, I think it should have never happened … it was distasteful”.

Speaking to the media at Freedom House on Wednesday, April 22, the Former President said “we should never say such things about anyone, particularly women”.

He also used the forum to respond to the statement made by Nageer during the said confrontation, where Dr. Ramsaran was told that Jagdeo beat his wife, stating that “I saw they said that I beat my wife, you can ask her. Let me make it clear to everyone, I have never physically abused a single woman in my entire life, including my ex-wife…never ever done that”.

Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran and Sherlina Nageer during the exchange in front the Whim's Magistrate's Court. [Mark Jacobs' Photo]
Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran and Sherlina Nageer during the exchange in front the Whim’s Magistrate’s Court. [Mark Jacobs’ Photo]
Jagdeo said that the People’s Progressive Party does not condone disparaging things said about women, especially things that can be described as sexist.

He said even though the Minister was provoked, he should not have made such remarks towards Nageer.

The Health Minister was previously criticized by Party comrades including the Prime Ministerial Candidate, Elizabeth Harper and Education Minister, Priya Manickchand.

Harper, who has vowed to represent women issues said: “The comments made by Minister Ramsaran were unfortunate and regrettable. As a woman, but more so a human being with conscience, I share the sentiments of many that this has revealed that we have to do much more to secure the full respect for the rights of our women particularly what women stand for and how they should be seen.”

Manickchand also condemned her cabinet colleague for the statement, calling it “sexist.”

“Shut your mouth and get out my face…I am not entertaining you…You idiot, we have less maternal deaths. I am a Candidate leading these people. We are going to win the elections and do better….Get the hell out of my face… eff off”, said Dr Ramsaran in the audio recording.

He went on to tell the woman that she is “a little piece of shit…idiot,” and asked a nearby police officer to intervene.

“I would slap her ass, you know. Just for the fun. I can have some woman strip her right there,” the Minister said in his diatribe

Manickchand, in her a social media post, described the remarks as “nothing short of sexist (he wouldn’t have thought of stripping a man), disrespectful, vulgar and stupid.




  1. I am not condoning any wrongdoing,no matter where it comes from,though I am a little confused.Jagdeo has any authority to critisise Bheri,when he Jagdeo does the same thing and worse on a daily basis?Something`s wrong with these people`s mentality.What he said at Babu Jaan,was not as distasteful?

  2. and fools like u rish in..who are her political handlers…does an individual act and react the way se did on her own..oh u didnt see hammie green with she at her other …lone wolf act at the marriott opening..u kno if she pays tax and how much..people who are paying ten times more than her dont act so black guarded do you ? im sure your government take your tax dollars and do thing u dont like but no one seeing you doing what she did do we?? my government does take my tax dollars and fight war and prop up dictator regimes u never never see me acting like her her head full of drugs..but hey..anything and anyone to be yall hero these days…yall hate nagamoottoo guts but now yall love he to death because he bringing that 11% thing for yall..if he dont deliver yall will make him zero from hero 0 seconds..i know yall type lol

  3. U r failing to acknowledge the fact that he was abusive and threatening. Not once did the woman claim to be an activist for the opposition. She was only trying to get him to accept his failure or atleast comment on a problem that is his ministry’s responsibility. But he reverted to name calling, verbal abuse and threatening language. And here u are blaming the woman for the incident. I’m of the opinion that you condone the behavior of your PPP coleagues, perhaps you too are abusive to your wife, daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts and every female member of your family. As they say ” birds of a feather.”

  4. Politics 101, Chapter 4, page 2; Agree Publicly with a Disagreeable Partner, but Support Them behind Closed Doors. Mr. Jagdeo, “We all know that, and agree. The question is, Why is he still the Health Minister?

  5. Look I think the PPPC WILL WIN but Anil and Dr. Ramsaran will not be a part in the new government. They deserve to be removed.

  6. It may be so that the former president, as he has said above, have never ‘physically’ abused a woman, but he sure knows that emotional abuse is much worse with lasting negative effects on the victims. Physical pain fades, but emotional abuse leaves one scarred for life

  7. yes the dr was set up..he should have seen it coming..but too dumb not to know it..these pnc people becomes most predictable now..once the dr said what he said to this drug induced pnc activist..the whole world knows pnc protest coming..the whole world knows pnc will protest and march like the crabs they are..the whole world know pnc will be calling for the head of the dr..if pnc are so predictable then the people are right to not trust pnc to ever govern them ever again out of fear pnc will go bring guyana back to the brink of agony like pnc once did.

  8. Yeah, but he will never be disciplined by the PPP and still is Minister of Health. Like Anil, he will not be fired and will probably get promoted if (by some outrageous miracle) the PPP win elections on May 11.


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