One person still warded after AA turbulence experience; Ministry commends health responders

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 15:45

The Ministry of Health is commending staff who responded to those injured after an American Airlines airlines flight experienced severe turbulence last night and also those who responded to the gas leak at Atlantic LNG.

The Ministry has confirmed that two of the three people treated at hospital as a result of the situation at the airport have been discharged while one remains warded.

"The Ministry of Health commends the dedication of members of staff who responded to two separate emergency events, in South and East Trinidad, on Tuesday, August 2, 2017. 

On the night of August 2nd, 2017 the Airports Authority contacted senior medical staff of the Ministry of Health and advised that passengers on American Airlines inbound flight AA 2713, from Miami, had sustained injuries due to turbulence on the aircraft.

Staff of both the Arima District Health Facility and the Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (GMRTT) were quickly mobilized to provide direct care and support to passengers of the incoming flight. The staff of the Accident and Emergency Department of the Sangre Grande Hospital was also placed on alert to treat any injuries which might have been sustained.

Medical personnel provided immediate care on the scene. The majority of patients received minor injuries. Other patients were treated at public health facilities. Three persons were transferred to North Central Regional Health Authority facilities and two have since been discharged. One patient remains warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and is currently resting while under observation.

In the second event, contractors from the Atlantic LNG, Pt Fortin site were treated and subsequently discharged from the Area Hospital Point Fortin after a hydrocarbon release led to an evacuation of the facility. The contractors received prompt treatment for respiratory injuries relating to the inhalation of hydrocarbon. Staff of the Area Hospital Point Fortin’s Facility maintained contact with the Atlantic LNG representatives in preparation for any surge of patients at the health facility.

While none of the injuries were life threatening, events such as these underscore the importance of adequate planning and preparation for emergencies.

The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, acknowledged the efforts of the Ministry of Health’s response teams and indicated that “incidents such as these, while very unfortunate, remind us of the many professional and skilled medical practitioners who make up the public health sector. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all who responded to members of the public in their time of need. “

The Ministry of Health remains committed to the delivery of quality care to citizens and the overall enhancement of the public healthcare system."