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Dr Linda Baboolal is a Trinidadian physician. She has served as her country's Minister of Social Services and Minister of Health, the first female Chairperson of the People's National Movement party, and as President of the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago (2002–2007).
Early life and education
Her childhood dream was to become a medical doctor - which she accomplished along with her husband, Michael Baboolal in Dublin Ireland. Whilst becoming doctors, they had five children - three girls and two boys. Their fifth and last child, a son, was born while she was an intern at the Port of Spain General Hospital.
After the children grew up, she was approached by a new political party, National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR), to be one of their candidates for election to government. She considered this at the time, but due to time constraints she declined.
She was actively involved in many charitable organizations - especially with the drug addiction rehabilitation center at Mount St. Benedict - which was the first of it kind in the country.
In 1991, she was again approached by the People's National Movement (PNM) to be a candidate for election and this time she accepted. She was the representative for the San Juan/Barataria region and she won this election easily. She was then made Minister of Social Services and then Minister of Health. At the following election - she lost her seat to the opposition but was then made the first female Chairperson of the PNM.
She did not run for the next election but was still active in the party. She was nominated as President of the Senate - during which she acted at President of Trinidad & Tobago on numerous occasions.
Marriage and children
She is married to Dr. Michael Baboolal. The couple has five children—three daughters and two sons. One of her sons, Henry Baboolal, has a degree in Automotive Engineering from Bolton University and is an instructor/lecturer at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio.
Her daughter Sherylann Ramsaran has graduated with her law degree from the University of London, External Programme and is working on getting her Master's degree.