The Ministry of Health is telling customers not to purchase frozen chicken nuggets manufactured by Tyson Foods Inc., following a recall by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The US recall involved 36,000 pounds of the frozen chicken nuggets and was done after consumers reported finding soft blue pieces of rubber inside this food product.
Almost five months after the central block at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital was condemned and evacuated following the 6.9 earthquake—demolition and rehabilitation works are yet to begin.
President of T&T Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) Idi Stewart described the situation at the health facility as one which had reached “crisis point.”
On Friday, Stewart wrote to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley imploring him to prioritise the project.
Even as members of the public continue to complain about vaccination shortages, chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority Keith Mc Donald assured that additional supplies of vaccines are being sent to health centres on a daily basis.
Nurses at various health centres said normally 20 vaccines are given but since last week they have gone up to administering over 150 vaccinations on a daily basis.
Denying that vaccines had run out, Mc Donald said because of the sudden public demand for seasonal influenza vaccines, supplies were finishing earlier.
The Ministry of Health is seeking to give the assurance that it is closely monitoring the supply and distribution of influenza vaccines to meet the increased demand at the nation’s public health institutions.
The ministry says that to date, approximately one-third of the vaccines acquired have been administered (24,000 administered out of 75,000 vaccines).
"While the Ministry is encouraged by the significant public response to the flu vaccination drive, we remind members of the public there is a sufficient quantity of the flu vaccines," the statement said.