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Milford Haven: Tributes paid to ‘genuine and kind’ Shakil Khaled, 19

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TRIBUTES have been paid online to a young Milford Haven man who has sadly passed away, a week after being involved in a car accident.

His uncle, Abdul Mutlib, said that the cause of death was coronavirus, although this has not yet been confirmed.

The cause of death is currently officially being treated as ‘unknown’ by the police until a postmortem is undertaken.

Shakil Khaled, described by friends as genuine and kind, worked at the Essence of India Restaurant in Charles Street.

Friend Catryn-Nia Goffin said: “Rest in Peace Shakil, the most kind and caring person that would do anything for anyone. I am lost for words and honestly don’t know what to say – you will be missed by many.”

Kaitlyn Malloy said: “Absolutely lost for words, Shak you were one of the most genuine, kindest people I’ve ever met. You will be missed by so many people. Rest in peace mate”

Alfi Mason wrote: “I just want to say thank you for everything, you are not just my best mate but more like a brother.

“I want to thank you for being by my side when I needed it, making me laugh and smile. From London to Pembrokeshire we both took the same path but today your on to a better one with Allah. I wish I could write down how much you truly mean to me but there ain’t words to describe it. I love you brother so much and it hurts to see you’ve gone but I know I’ll see you again
Rest easy brother.”

Ben Fairbairn added: “Devastated about the news of one of my closest friends. He was the nicest guy you’d ever meet, would do anything for anyone.”

His uncle, Abdul Mutlib posted on Facebook in Bangla. Roughly translated he said: “We all belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. My nephew Shakil was only 19 years old. He has left the world forever after being infected with Corona. May Allah grant him a place in Jannah.”

The news came as the first member of staff at Withybush Hospital, Nicola Drake, an A&E consultant, received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It was only approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the last few days.

Nicola said that she was privileged to be the first person in Hywel Dda to get the jab. She added: “It was very easy, I didn’t feel a thing and I think everyone who is in line to have the vaccination should have it, especially if you’re in one of the at-risk groups.”

Ros Jervis, director of public health at Hywel Dda, added: “The arrival of a Covid-19 vaccine this week is a world changing event, which gives us hope at the end of 2020.

“We are at the forefront of this historic landmark in the pandemic and here in Hywel Dda UHB we will be vaccinating 975 staff this week, which is incredible given the pace of this development.

“We are asking our community to be patient as it will take a number of weeks to vaccinate even those people within the first two, nationally agreed, priority areas.

“There will be a vaccine for every person who wants one.”

Nicola Drake, an A&E consultant, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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