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Recall! Don't purchase, sell frozen chicken nuggets by Tyson Foods Inc

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. 

Build new Port-of-Spain hospital block

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.

Flu vaccine rush continues

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. 

Health Ministry: There are sufficient flu vaccines

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.

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