Health Ministry warns: Protect yourself against Leptospirosis

The Ministry of Health is urging the public that during the rainy season to avoid the health risks associated with flooding.

Flood waters may carry silt, raw sewage and bacteria that can contaminate food and water and make it unsafe.

The ministry said the risk of the infectious disease Leptospirosis is especially high in flood situations, such as after a hurricane or heavy seasonal rains.

Health Ministry: Not all 800 nurses needed in T&T are coming from Cuba

The Ministry of Health says it notes, with concern, misinformation placed in the public domain as it relates to the employment of nursing practitioners from Cuba in the public health system.

A statement by the Ministry says: "As indicated by the Honourable Terence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, the Ministry is taking steps, in the first instance, to source specialist nurses from the local professional pool."

Government makes major improvements to CDAP

The Ministry of Health says that members of the public who access their drugs through the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP) will soon have an improved experience.

A statement by the ministry says the recent decision by the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago will facilitate key modifications to CDAP which will enhance the overall performance and management of the programme.

The following improvements to CDAP are being implemented:

Health Ministry warns against eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is advising the public ‘to avoid eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela as the US Food and Drug Agency says it may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.”

Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans.

The ministry says persons who consume foods with these bacteria may experience diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, and stomach pain.