Roodal Moonilal is a new dad
By Clint Chan Tack Monday, July 7 2014
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NEW PARENTS: Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal looks in on his baby Nishal while his wife Natasha looks on as they leave the St Augustine Private Ho...
HOUSING Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and his wife Natasha are the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy, Nishal Vinayaka Moonilal who was born at the St Augustine Private Hospital at 8 am on Saturday.
Speaking briefly with reporters as he left the hospital with his wife and newborn son at about 3 pm yesterday, Moonilal said, “We are very happy that he is very healthy. We feel blessed and happy and very excited and looking forward to the new job (of being parents).” He added, “It’s a great job and really a very humbling experience.”
Saying Nishal weighs six pounds and eight ounces, Moonilal said, “Natasha is doing well. He is doing well as well. The doctors have given us the okay to go home now. So we are taking him home now.”
Asked how he and his wife chose the name for their first born child, Moonilal said, “Nishal is a name that we always liked for many years.” He said Nishal’s middle name, Vinayaka, is one of the names of the Hindu God, Lord Ganesh. Vinayaka means “Lord of all.”
Moonilal admitted that as a new father, he is going to have to adjust his work schedule so he can spend more time at home with Natasha and Nishal.
“I’ll slowly get back to full work schedule,” he said.
In addition to being Housing Minister, Moonilal is also Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Member of Parliament for Oropouche East and a deputy political leader of the United National Congress (UNC).
Prior to leaving the hospital, some of Moonilal’s aides left with bouquets of flowers, balloons and gifts that were sent there after news of Nishal’s birth. “The Prime Minister has sent a congratulatory message,” Moonilal said.
He indicated that Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh was at the hospital on Saturday and he also spoke with Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan. “I heard from all my colleagues,” Moonilal said.
While Moonilal spoke with the media, Nishal did not appear to be camera shy as he held on to his father’s fingers and looked directly at photographers while his picture was being taken.
He thanked all his constituents “for their prayers and support” as well as “all who sent greetings, texts, flowers and gifts.” Asked if they had chosen any godparents for Nishal, Moonilal chuckled and replied, “Those things we will discuss and arrive at. We have to register the baby at Mt Hope in the next few days, so that is the next course of business.”
Natasha said, “I’m elated. It’s a special moment for us. We waited very long for this. We’re treasuring every moment.” As they departed the hospital, Moonilal thanked the doctors for the care they had given Natasha and Nishal while there were there.
Then in a departure which was similar to that of the Prince William and his wife Kate when they left hospital with their first born son George on July 23, 2013, Moonilal directed that his black Range Rover SUV be driven up to the entrance of the hospital. After ensuring his wife and son were secure inside of the vehicle, Moonilal himself took the wheel and drove out of the hospital compound, with a security escort following close behind in another vehicle.