Ban on Venezuelan crab meat

The agriculture minister has instructed the fisheries division to discontinue the issuing of permits for the importation of processed crab meat and live crabs from Venezuela.

The US food and drug administration has found a bacteria in fresh crab meat from Venezuela that can cause cholera. 

Speaking with CNC3 news minister Clarence Rambharat said that the crab meat referred to by the US is processed and packaged crab meat. He says the ministry of trade has stopped issuing licenses for the import of that product from Venezuela. 

Cabinet colleagues unable to visit 'seriously ill' McDonald in hospital

Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald remains at hospital but her colleagues have not been able to visit her.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley told a local radio station that McDonald was seriously ill.

CNC3 understands that McDonald was showing early signs of pneumonia.

However, we are told she was admitted to hospital just in time.

On Saturday, a statement from the Communications Ministry advised of the minister's hospitalisation but only stated that she is being treated for an existing medical condition.

Businessman gives $5,000 for baby’s scan

A Chaguanas businessman has donated $5,000 to ensure that baby Christopher Sahadeo Poonilal gets the urgent medical treatment he needs.

Dipnarinesingh’s Tours and Travel owner Rajiv Dipnarinesingh said he was reading the digital T&T Guardian around 2 am yesterday when he came across the story about baby Christopher. He said he was touched by the story he decided to donate all the money needed for the scan for the one-year-old.

Family begs for $5,000 as baby Christopher needs urgent brain scan

Seven months after he was injured when his parents’ home collapsed during heavy rainfall, baby Christopher Sahadeo Poonilal has suffered a seizure at home.

His parents Curtis Poonilal and Christine Sahadeo are now frantically trying to raise $5,000 to do an electroencephalography scan on his brain at a private medical hospital.

Electroencephalography is an electro-physiological monitoring method used to record the electrical activity of the brain.

Ministry: Cuban doctors being deployed to all operational hospitals in T&T

The Ministry of Health says Cuban paediatricians are among some of the medical personnel who will soon be deployed to health facilities in Trinidad and Tobago to provide health services.

This forms part of the Technical Cooperation Agreement in Healthcare between this county and the Republic of Cuba.

The Ministry says these medical practitioners will work in health facilities which are currently operational within the public health sector.

McDonald discharged and is okay

Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald has been discharged from hospital after being treated for low blood sugar levels.

The minister who complained of feeling unwell during Cabinet meeting yesterday was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex for observation.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told CNC3 today that McDonald was discharged and in perfect health.

He disclosed the minister's blood sugar reading fell to a reading of 43.

However, he said that after observation and treatment, she was allowed to go home.

Marlene rushed to hospital; doctors performing tests

Port-of-Spain East Member of Parliament Marlene McDonald has been rushed to hospital to undergo medical tests.

Initial reports had appeared to suggest that McDonald had suffered a stoke just after 1pm this afternoon but Minister of Communication, Stuart Young confirmed that it was not so.

Young told CNC3 that McDonald was feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure she went to the hospital where medical checks are being conducted.

He said that at this stage, thankfully, it does not appear as though she suffered any stroke or heart attack.