Haematologist: Venezuelans not eligible to donate blood for one year

Deputy Dean of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies and Re­search Con­sul­tant Haema­tol­o­gist Dr Ken­neth Charles has ad­mit­ted that Venezue­lans who come to T&T to work would not be el­i­gi­ble to do­nate blood for one year.

Charles, a se­nior lec­tur­er, made the com­ment on Tues­day at his Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mt Hope, of­fice in re­sponse to a T&T Guardian ar­ti­cle pub­lished last Fri­day head­lined “Venezue­lans can give blood too- NCRHA head.”

NCRHA head: Venezuelans can give blood too

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (NCRHA) Dalvin Thomas has said that Venezue­lan na­tion­als can do­nate blood to the Blood Bank.

He said, how­ev­er, the blood will be test­ed.

He made the state­ment at yes­ter­day’s World Blood Donor Day sym­po­sium host­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies Fac­ul­ty of Med­ical Sci­ences, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty.

New hope for cancer patients

The fu­ture looked grim for Ami­ra Ba­boolal. 

With four tu­mours grow­ing near crit­i­cal parts of her liv­er, it would have been risky per­form­ing an­oth­er open surgery in un­der two years.

But with­in 24 hours af­ter the 61-year-old can­cer war­rior was wheeled in­to the the­atre at the South­ern Med­ical Clin­ic in San Fer­nan­do on Mon­day, she was on her way home with the tu­mours burned dead.

NWRHA seeks these three men's next of kin

Do you know these men?

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the relatives or next of kin of these three men - Samuel Jeffers, Jerry Williams and Rudolph Wallace.

The NWRHA says it would like any known relatives or next of kin of the above persons to contact the Medical Social Work Department, General Hospital, Port of Spain at 285-8989 ext. 2561/2563.

'Comfort' coming with Venezuelans' health in mind

The US Navy hospital ship 'Comfort' will visit Trinidad and Tobago soon during its upcoming medical support mission to Latin America to help tackle humanitarian crisis created by the influx of Venezuelan migrants, the US Southern Command said in a press release on Friday.

The ship will make port calls in 11 countries in total.

"Comfort medical teams will pull in to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits," the release said.

Ailing nurse sues ministry for refusal of disability grant

A nurse from San­gre Grande, suf­fer­ing from a rare au­toim­mune dis­ease has been grant­ed per­mis­sion to sue the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Af­fairs and the Cen­tral Pub­lic As­sis­tance Board over re­fus­ing to grant her a dis­abil­i­ty as­sis­tance grant.

Fire extinguished at Port-of-Spain Hospital

Fire officers responded to a fire earlier today at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
According to reports, around 2.40pm smoke was seen emanating from the pantry of the Physiotherapy Clinic of the hospital and the fire service was contacted.

CEO of the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA), Wendy Ali who was at the scene told Guardian Media that those who were in the vicinity of the pantry was evacuated and no one sustained any injuries. 

Electricity disruption at San Fernando Hospital on Sunday

The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is advising of a temporary disruption in the electrical supply on Sunday at the first tower of the San Fernando General Hospital’s main building during the hours of 7 am to 4 pm. 

The SWRHA says this is part of the continued upgrade of the electrical infrastructure at the hospital. 

The main areas that will be directly affected include Medical Extension 1 and 3, Burns Unit and the Labour Ward.