The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) says infrastructural work at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital is progressing.
The NWRHA says a sudden increase in patients led to the creation of a spill over ward as the hospital sought to care for patients in the best way possible.
The following is a statement by the NWRHA.
"The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) wishes to state that the management of the NWRHA has been working assiduously to address issues at the Port of Spain General Hospital as recently highlighted in the media.
A comprehensive infrastructural assessment of the roofing at the facility was previously conducted and works are expected to commence in the near future. Further infrastructural works will be ongoing.
In addressing the sewer blockage which occurred at the institution last week, the Authority immediately sought the assistance of the Water and Sewage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (WASA) and this issue was rectified.
Additionally, the NWRHA wishes to advise that the sudden increase in patient admissions at the institution led to the creation of an additional spill over ward thereby improving patient flow and optimizing patient care.
The Authority also wishes to advise that a supply of IV contrast for CT scans was received yesterday, 24th July and we will continue to engage the Ministry of Health to regularize the supply of reagents and critical drugs.
The management of the NWRHA is committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of both patients and staff in the provision of quality health care at the POSGH and all institutions under its purview."