On Wednesday 14 November, 2018, the World and Trinidad and Tobago will recognize World Diabetes Day.
The theme announced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for 2018 and 2019 is “The Family and Diabetes”.
The Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago (DATT) is a Member Association of IDF with 168 similar associations internationally.
IDF is the leading organization that represents people living with diabetes.
Diabetes has a tremendous impact on the family and support network of those affected with this condition.
The Ministry of Health says that in the past week, Public Health Inspectors have inspected 17,449 premises in the flood-affected communities throughout Trinidad.
In a statement issued Thursday, the ministry said that thus far, inspectors have reported that 21 schools and 550 food premises were impacted.
It was also reported that 17 farms lost animals due to the recent flooding.
The North West Regional Health Authority says it will be extending its services to persons affected by the recent flooding in the El Socorro South area via a medical outpost station at Massy Technologies Limited Carpark located at El Socorro Extension South (Opposite VEMCO).
It will run from 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday 25th October, 2018.
Services offered will include basic screening for Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose.
There will also be a medical physician and pharmacist on site.
The Ministry of Health says it notes, with concern, a social media video of a news report alleging that there have been recent deaths from Leptospirosis at the San Fernando General Hospital.
It is advising members of the public that the claims are based on an old news report and therefore sharing the video encourages public misinformation.
The Ministry of Health reiterates that, at this time, there are no confirmed reports of death due to the current flooding.
The public is being urged, instead, to share the following public health information.
The Ministry of Health says there have been no reports of death due to the current flooding.
In a press release today the ministry made reference to reports in the public domain alluding to the death of a resident of Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, as a result of the severe flooding in that area.
The Ministry of Health reiterated that as of yesterday October 21st their surveillance system has not produced any confirmed reports of death due to the current flooding.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission.
This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by CARPHA, giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the region.