NWRHA moves to prosecute those involved in brawl at St James Medical Complex

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) says steps are being taken to prosecute persons involved in an altercation that occurred at the Accident and Emergency department of the St James Medical Complex on Tuesday night.

An official report indicates that the physical altercation involved between two patients brought in earlier by officers attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for medical attention and the patients’ relatives.

The NWRHA says security officers on duty immediately intervened and brought the situation under control.

Cedros villagers concerned about how 24/7 health centre will function

Finance Minister Colm Imbert in his budget speech announced that the Cedros Health Centre will now be one of three health facilities to remain open 24/7.

However, villagers say there is no place to house medical staff who will work 12 hours shifts.

Last January, the nursing quarters built two years ago to house medical staff overnight, burnt to the ground and it was never rebuilt. 

The government later shut down the 24/7 operation at the centre which resulted in many medical emergencies being left unattended.

Health Minister addresses Non-Communicable Diseases at UN

Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York.

Since the hosting of the first-ever Summit on NCDs in 2007, which resulted in the signing of the Port of Spain Declaration, Trinidad and Tobago has continued to play a leading role in the regional fight against NCDs.

The Health Ministry says that the implementation of the strategies to combat the NCD epidemic continues to be high on its agenda.

Maraval Health Centre to be closed midday Friday for spraying

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) is advising that the Maraval Health Centre will be closed from 12 noon on Friday to facilitate spraying of the facility by the Insect Vector Control Division.

It says that in light of this, there will be no extended opening hours service on both Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September, 2018.

The NWRHA says that persons can continue to access care at the Carenage and Petit Valley Health Centres and the St James District Health Facility during this period.

Mother makes public plea for help raising US$266,000 for child's operation

The mother of a 9-month-old baby is seeking the public's health in raising funds for major operation.

The surgery is said to cost US$266,496.

An Instagram post states that Durai Dorner suffers with Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

It states that the condition cannot be treated in Trinidad and Tobago due to the underlying cause being undetected.

Health Ministry: Children's Life Fund Authority working with family of Sheenece Jackson

The Ministry of Health is expressing concern over media reports on the request for grant funding from the Children’s Life Fund, for Sheenece Jackson.

A statement by the ministry says that it empathizes with the family at this difficult time and is reassuring the public that the Children's Life Fund Authority (CLFA) is in constant contact with the parents of Sheenece Jackson as they urgently seek a relative or other volunteer who is a willing, compatible and suitable donor.

TT brain surgery patients to benefit from MOU with China

Trinidad and Tobago nationals who are in need of brain surgery are set to benefit from a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the People’s Republic of China to strengthen cooperation in the field of medicine and health.
The Ministry of Health says the MOU, which was signed on May 14, 2018 during the official visit of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to the People’s Republic of China, will see the provision of a specialist medical team from the Beijing Tiantan Hospital (the leading neurosurgical medical institute in China) to perform much-needed neurosurgeries for locals.