Over 5,000 patients seen as Comfort’s visit ends

Doctors perform a Gallstones surgery on a patient on the USNS Comfort at Port Brighton in La Brea, yesterday.

PHOTO: Rishi Ragoonath


When the USNS Com­fort rais­es its an­chor and sails out of the Gulf of Paria, crew mem­bers leave know­ing that they’ve changed the lives of over 5,000 peo­ple through a week-long med­ical in­ter­ven­tion.

It’s an ac­com­plish­ment even the Prime Min­is­ter praised, al­though he said it was not an “in­dict­ment” on this coun­try’s health care sys­tem.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

To­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, around the globe we recog­nise World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day 2019.

This day comes with much sad­ness for many, think­ing about the ones that have been lost to men­tal ill­ness which is preva­lent in to­day’s so­ci­ety. It is im­por­tant to make your­self aware of the warn­ing signs.

Five prisoners test positive for tuberculosis

Five prisoners have tested positive for tuberculosis.

Four of the inmates were housed at the maximum-security prison and one at the remand facility.

According to a press release from the prisons service, the prisoners recently exhibited symptoms of tuberculosis and were examined.

After testing positive they were immediately taken to the Caura medical facility for treatment.

The areas where they were housed were sanitized and continuous testing and screenings are being conducted.

Comfort to perform 100 surgeries

The US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will offer free medical services in Trinidad and Tobago September 5-10, the US Embassy reiterated in a media statement on Wednesday.

The ship will dock at the La Brea port and conduct 100 onboard surgeries, provide basic medical services at two medical walk-in sites at the Cedros Community Centre and the South West Regional Sports Arena, Point Fortin, as well as host health fairs/community outreach and town halls to address various public health topics. 

US donates 110,000 rapid HIV test kits

The US Embassy has donated 110,000 rapid HIV test kits to the Ministry of Health.

The handing over by Ambassador Joseph Mondello to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh took place Wednesday at the NIPDEC Central Warehouse, Airways Road, Chaguaramas.

The embassy says it's part of the US Government's continued partnership with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to combat HIV and AIDS, which amounts to US$2.5 million in funding for fiscal 2019.

Baby in critical condition after fall

A ten-month-old ba­by boy is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal af­ter he fell from the 2nd-floor bal­cony of his Princes Town home.

Po­lice say Javier Castil­lo was play­ing with his five-year-old broth­er on the 2nd-floor gallery of their home when Castil­lo's par­ents heard the child fall and his screams.

The par­ents rushed the child to the hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers say Javier's par­ents are Venezue­lan na­tion­als re­sid­ing in this coun­ty.