SWRHA on heightened alert with Swine Flu

The South West Regional Health Authority says it continues to remain on heightened alert for Swine Flu cases and has coordinated all its facilities within the region to be prepared with flu vaccines.

The SWRHA is also seeking to assure the public that all proper medical procedures were followed in the treatment of Nicole Seecharan, the Tabaquite woman, who succumbed to the virus.

It says on December 10th last year, swabs were taken for testing and the results came in 9 days later.

Three die from Swine Flu, health official confirms

Ministry of Health officials have confirmed three deaths related to Swine Flu.

On Wednesday Guardian Media revealed that a 47-year-old Tabaquite woman died from the H1N1 virus.

Today, Director of Women's Health Dr Adesh Sirjusingh said there's no need for public alarm.

He said that at this time of year, the seasonal influenza is circulating.

He added that the flu is like the common cold but come as a more severe form of illness and in worst case scenarios, can result in death.

2-month-old baby critical after falling over bannister

A two-month-old ba­by is fight­ing for his life at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal af­ter he fell over a ban­nis­ter at his par­ent's home in Point Fortin on New Year’s Day.

The ba­by is said to be rest­ing in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the In­ten­sive Care Unit of the hos­pi­tal.

Swine Flu is back

SWRHA act­ing med­ical di­rec­tor Dr Robin Sinanan has con­firmed that over the past few months, there were pa­tients be­ing treat­ed for H1N1 (Swine Flu). He said the fig­ure was not alarm­ing and the pa­tients are be­ing treat­ed.

“I think by now H1N1 would be en­dem­ic to the coun­try. It’s glob­al. Folks trav­el all the time and we are al­ways screen­ing peo­ple on trav­el and when they re­turn. The min­istry has a na­tion­al pro­gramme where they screen peo­ple who are re­turn­ing from all coun­tries, so yes, it is al­ways on the cards.”