health

Senator hospitalised after bee attack

Senator Avinash Singh had to jump into a river to preserve his life on Saturday, after being attacked by a swarm of bees.

Up to late yesterday, Singh, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, remained warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, after being stung by more than a hundred bees.

Singh, a registered farmer, was ploughing his father’s land in Felicity, Chaguanas, when the bees invaded the area and swarmed around him, the T&T Guardian was told.

Woman charged with stealing equipment & supplies from Scarborough Hospital kitchen

A woman employed as a cleaner with the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA), was granted $25,000 bail when she appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate charged with larceny of $9,300 worth of equipment and supplies from the kitchen of the Scarborough General Hospital, between the period July, 2017 and February, 2018.

Dianne Bedlow McCrimmon, 49, of Piggot Street, Scarborough, appeared before Magistrate Annette McKenzie in the Scarborough 1st Magistrates’ Court on Monday 26th February, 2018.

The matter was adjourned to Friday 16th March, 2018.

Health Ministry: Hand, Foot & Mouth disease limited to small group of children

The Ministry of Health is advising citizens that a few suspected cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease have recently been reported in a small group of children at a specific location in Trinidad.

The ministry says there is no serious public health risk for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) at this time.

The symptoms of HFMD are:

• fever

• painful sores in the mouth

• a rash with blisters on hands, feet and buttocks

CMO: No outbreak of Hand, Foot & Mouth disease in T&T

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram is assuring there is no outbreak of the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease in the country.

The confirmation follows the Health Ministry's recent circulation of a memo warning of the spread of the disease.

However, Dr Parasram says the correspondence was sent to all physicians to be on alert for cases of the disease and not meant to put the population on panic mode.

According to him, the reported cases in a Central Trinidad school have been traced, persons treated and the disease contained.

Protests force closure of four health centres

Four health centres have been closed as a result of protest action in Port-of-Spain this morning.

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) has advised that public that due to current security concerns the following Health Centres will be closed today:

* Upper Laventille

* Success Laventille

* Oxford Street and

* George Street.

The NWRHA says that all persons with clinic appointments for this date will be rescheduled and members of the public can continue to access care, at any other Health Centre under the purview of the NWRHA.

Children get free surgeries

For over 60 years, the Princess Elizabeth Centre in Woodbrook has served as a home for physically handicapped children.

The compound contains a modern operating theatre, dormitories, outpatient clinic, orthopaedic workshop and expansive grounds that can be used for sports and family days. The centre also offers primary schooling, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Children with spinal and other physical disabilities from T&T and other Caribbean countries are also taken to the centre for corrective surgery.

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