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Teen given seizure pills for flu-like symptoms

The moth­er of a teenage girl is call­ing on the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) for jus­tice af­ter her daugh­ter was al­leged­ly pre­scribed seizure pills for flu-like symp­toms at the Canaan Health Cen­ter last Fri­day.

Allysa Price, 19, of Black Rock was al­leged­ly pre­scribed Clon­azepam.

A quick search of the in­ter­net re­vealed that Clon­azepam is a tran­quil­liz­er, giv­en to treat and pre­vent seizures, pan­ic dis­or­der, and for the move­ment dis­or­der known as akathisia.

The girl’s sto­ry was post­ed on Face­book by her sis­ter on Mon­day evening.

Swine flu vaccines run low

In­fluen­za vac­ci­na­tions have run low in some health cen­tres as pub­lic de­mand grows with the threat of the dead­ly H1N1 virus.

At the Pleas­antville Health Cen­tre, scores of peo­ple were turned away as sup­plies ran low. On­ly 162 peo­ple re­ceived vac­ci­na­tions at the Pe­nal Health Cen­tre while vac­ci­na­tions at Mara­bel­la and Roy Joseph in San Fer­nan­do al­so ran out.

Increased demand for flu vaccine

Of­fi­cials of the Susamachar Pres­by­ter­ian Church have arranged for flu vac­ci­na­tions to giv­en to their con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers to­day. Dis­trict Med­ical Of­fi­cer Dr Clement Rago­b­ar con­firmed that vac­ci­na­tions would be done from 4 pm at the church at Carib Street, San Fer­nan­do.

Dr Rago­b­ar said they were hop­ing to do as many as 60 vac­cines. He en­cour­aged oth­er faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions to fol­low Susamachar’s lead and arrange for their mem­bers to get vac­ci­nat­ed.

Swine flu crisis in South Trinidad—Health Minister

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh says there is a cri­sis in the out­break of H1N1 or swine flu in Trinidad es­pe­cial­ly in the south­ern part of the coun­try where there have been three re­port­ed deaths.

Deyals­ingh made this dis­clo­sure to the me­dia af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing of the San­gre Grande En­hanced Health Cen­tre at Ojoe Road, San­gre Grande yes­ter­day.

The Min­is­ter of Health con­firmed that three deaths have been record­ed as a re­sult of H1N1 and not­ed there are many more lab-con­firmed cas­es.

Caribbean cruise cut short as near 300 passengers fall ill

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

Cruise line spokesperson Owen Torres told The Associated Press "we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health."

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

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.

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