Please, get your flu shots—health minister

To date, the health ministry has distributed 48,411 flu vaccines, and the health minister is once again appealing to the population—especially those in the vulnerable and high risk groups—to get vaccinated.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh laments the fact that the anti-vaccsers lobby is having so much success at preventing people from taking care of their health—to the point where the anti-vaccsers are not only dominating social media, but showing up in Parliament.

Health ministry urges citizens to get vaccinated as flu deaths rise

The number of flu deaths has risen by four to thirty-seven.

The Health Ministry confirmed the number of deaths for this season, yesterday.

The ministry also confirmed that the number of suspected influenza cases for the year stands at just over 3,400 cases.

The ministry is again advising citizens that the influenza virus is serious and generally is more severe than the common cold.

It says it currently is engaged in a robust, nation-wide influenza vaccination drive for the 2020 Flu Season, which ends in May next year.

Health Ministry confirms 37 influenza deaths

In a press release today the Ministry of Health confirmed 37 influenza deaths for the flu season.

The ministry also said that it continues its nationwide influenza vaccination drive and urges members of the public especially those most vulnerable to get the flu vaccine

The following is a press release from the ministry of health:

Nurses still awaiting exam results

Un­paid fees to the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC) are to blame for nurs­ing stu­dents not re­ceiv­ing their re­sults for an im­por­tant ex­am they sat in Oc­to­ber.

The Re­gion­al Ex­am­i­na­tion for Nurs­ing Reg­is­tra­tion is ad­min­is­tered by CXC to schools with nurs­ing pro­grams through­out the Caribbean. This ex­am de­ter­mines who qual­i­fies to be a reg­is­tered nurse.

Nurses still awaiting exam results

Unpaid fees to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) are to blame for nursing students not receiving their results for an important exam they sat in October.

The Regional Examination for Nursing Registration is administered by CXC to schools with nursing programs throughout the Caribbean. This exam determines who qualifies to be a registered nurse.

But while students in other Caribbean islands got their results—as scheduled—in mid-November, students in Trinidad and Tobago are still waiting.

“Decriminalisation can create a next generation of addicts…”

“Young people should not be allowed to topple into a state of drug dependency because of neglect by the relevant authorities.”

That statement from Debbie Boodhan, the newly elected Councillor for Montrose in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, who believes the recently passed cannabis legislation should be dealt with properly, in order that young people may not see marijuana as a solution for their frustration and pressure.

Cannabis activist happy marijuana has been decriminalised

Cannabis activist Nazma Muller is describing Monday’s scheduled proclamation of legislation to decriminalise marijuana as a victory.

Muller says for years she has advocated, lobbied and even petitioned for the legalization of cannabis, as she deemed existing laws in contravention of citizen's constitutional right to freedom.

She had previously expressed concerns with clauses made to the Dangerous Drugs and Cannabis Control Bill.

Deyalsingh says flu vaccine is no protection from the cold

Min­is­ter of Health Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said the in­fluen­za vac­cine does not pro­tect peo­ple from the com­mon cold - which isn’t fa­tal - and dif­fer­ent types of treat­ment are need­ed for both the ‘flu and the com­mon cold.

And, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, it takes two weeks for the in­fluen­za vac­cine to be­come ef­fec­tive, so one can still get the ‘flu in the two weeks be­fore it “kicks in.”