health

Doctors make urgent public call for relatives of David Abraham

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the relatives or next of kin of 42-year-old David Abraham of 35 Long Circular Road, St James.

Abraham is currently warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Port of Spain General Hospital.

The NWRHA is asking that any known relative or next of kin of David Abraham visit the ICU department to meet with the doctors urgently.

New July opening date for Couva Multi-Training Facility

The opening date for the Couva Multi-Training Facility has been moved up from September 2019 as previously stated by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to July 2019. 

The announcement came from Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh at a press conference at the Ministry’s Park Street Port-of-Spain head office.

The North Central Regional Health Authority would oversee the first component, which is expected to be implemented in July.

This component would entail a diagnostic division and pharmacy services.

Billion $ contract for new POS hospital block signed

The $1.1 bil­lion con­tract for con­struc­tion of the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal Cen­tral Block has been de­scribed as a first pri­or­i­ty for the peo­ple of T&T.

The con­tract, which will see Shang­hai Con­struc­tion Group and Chi­na Rail­way han­dle as­pects of the con­struc­tion, was of­fi­cial­ly signed yes­ter­day at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre.

“When it is a health chal­lenge, it au­to­mat­i­cal­ly be­comes pri­or­i­ty num­ber one,” said Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

Give a used smartphone to the blind

Have a used smartphone that you're not using? Instead of throwing it away, the Blind Welfare Association wants you to donate it to them.

President of the Blind Welfare Association Kenneth Surratt says the Association is now accepting used smartphones at its two locations- 18 Duke Street, Port of Spain, or 121 Coffee Street, San Fernando. 

Counterfeit condoms sold in T&T

Coun­ter­feit con­doms are be­ing sold in T&T, one of the pop­u­lar brands avail­able lo­cal­ly has warned, say­ing that the sit­u­a­tion pos­es a threat to pub­lic health.

How­ev­er, con­tact­ed on the is­sue yes­ter­day Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said he was un­aware of any such sit­u­a­tion tak­ing place here.

SLAM con­doms yes­ter­day placed an ad­ver­tise­ment in the news­pa­per crit­i­cis­ing the “in­fe­ri­or” coun­ter­feits and high­light­ing ways that the fakes can be de­tect­ed by con­sumers.

100 new cases of mental health monthly at SFGH

Every month more than 100 new people are being admitted to the mental health clinic of the San Fernando General Hospital, many of whom are children.

This startling revelation was made by the chief executive officer of the Southwest Regional Health Authority Keith McDonald during the launch of a mental awareness seminar held at the Carnegie Free Library in San Fernando on Monday.

McDonald said depression and other mental health disorders are no longer adult ailments but are affecting scores of children across the country.

Blackout at San Fernando General Hospital

An electrical blackout at the San Fernando General Hospital left patients hungry and in tears on Thursday.

The hospital which accommodates more than 750 patients went dark around 1 pm. Before the blackout, patients were told that electrical works had to be done and there will be a disruption in supply between 1 pm to 7 pm. 

When the Guardian visited the hospital around 5 pm, the corridors on the lower floors were in complete darkness. Visitor Rajesh Maharaj who went to Ward One said, "You need a torchlight to go in there.

62 teenage pregnancies reported last month

New statistics are shedding light on just how bad the problem of teenage pregnancy has gotten. 

A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has been told that every month at least 62 teenage girls between the ages of 13 to 19 are reported as pregnant.

Committee chair, Senator Paul Richards says that based on the statistics, for a five-year period, 570 girls ages 13 to 16 became pregnant, while for the same period there were 2,907 cases of girls ages 17 to 19 getting pregnant.

Spraying ramped up to stem dengue outbreak

To com­bat a pos­si­ble out­break of dengue, ports of en­try and all schools will be sprayed dur­ing the East­er break, says Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh.

Deyals­ingh was re­ply­ing to queries in the Sen­ate on Tues­day from UNC sen­a­tor Tahar­qa Obi­ka fol­low­ing the warn­ing is­sued by the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Caribbean Pub­lic Health Agency (Carpha) about a pos­si­ble dengue out­break.

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