Deyalsingh not endorsing call for use of medicinal marijuana

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday made it clear he was in no position to endorse the use of medicinal marijuana to treat patients suffering from diseases and illnesses.

Deyalsingh made the comment in response to suggestions on Tuesday by Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir that Government should allow patients to use of medicinal marijuana as a means of earning revenue in the drive to help to diversify the economy.

Deyalsingh hopes to make CDAP more accessible

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says he has taken a position to Cabinet to “put CDAP drugs in the hands of patients” to give the required relief. And while he said this will happen “soon,” he gave no details of how this initiative will work.

But former South West Regional Health Authority chairman, Fyzabad MP Dr Lackram Bodoe, says he “looks forward to the suggestion” and hopes it is “properly monitored.” He described CDAP as “very close to all of us, it is a good programme and it continues to be improved.”

First public photos emerge of Minister Cuffie since going for medical attention

The first images of former Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie have emerged since he suffered a stroke in September 2017.

The pictures which were shared on Facebook by a political activist show Cuffie walking with the aid of a stick. 

On April 9th, Cuffie's appointment as Minister of Public Administration and Communications was revoked.

He was reassigned as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.

In February, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said over $2 million was paid by government toward medical expenses for Cuffie.

Investigation launched into suicide at San Fernando General Hospital

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances which led to a patient committing suicide at the San Fernando General Hospital.

On Monday, a 25-year-old man was found hanging in a room at the Psychiatric Ward mere hours after being admitted.

According to a release issued by the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), a team has been established to look into the matter.

The release added that counseling has been offered and will be provided as required.

The San Fernando police who will conduct an independent investigation into the incident.

SWRHA probes leak of chopped mom’s photos

The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is investigating an apparent breach of patient confidentiality after photos of a woman who was allegedly chopped by her 15-year-old son were posted on social media.

Graphic photos of the woman’s injuries, including a severed hand and gaping wounds to her head, face and shoulder, were being widely circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp throughout the weekend. They appeared to show a badly injured woman on a hospital bed or stretcher.