A medical team comprising two medical doctors, two public health officials, three nurses from the Indian Walk Health Facility and other medical personnel, visited the Fifth Company Baptist School today, where they met stakeholders, parents, teachers and students and shared information on what is being done to ensure that the compound remains safe for occupation.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis also attended the meeting with the medical team and stakeholders.
The South-West Regional Health Authority is advising that there were two suspected cases of meningitis recently dying in South Trinidad but says, however, that none of these have yet been confirmed.
The SWRHA has, in a statement, extended its sincerest condolences to the families of the two children.
"In keeping with the SWRHA's protocols, samples to test for meningitis were taken from the patients and sent to the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health Laboratory," the statement says.
A 5-year-old student who died of suspected meningitis has forced the Ministry of Education to shut down and sanitize a primary school.
The Education Ministry confirmed its actions today and the child's death.
It said the child who is a student of Fifth Company Baptist Primary was hospitalized at San Fernando General on March 11.
Five days later, the father of the infant one student informed the school about the death of his daughter.
However, the ministry says the cause of death will only be determined after the autopsy.
Thick Saharan dust which blanketed T&T last weekend has caused hardship for scores of people suffering from asthma and sinus but for agriculturalists, the dust has been welcomed as free natural fertilizer.
Dust in your face! Also your nose, mouth and lungs. But that’s the period which T&T is in, under siege from Sahara dust plus smoke from bush fires caused by the long dry season.
“The Sahara dust will be with us until about Wednesday, but it’s normal for this time of year,” meteorological officer Bagwandeen Ramdatt said yesterday.
The Met office yesterday charted a dust haze index of 32 degrees C for Trinidad and 31 degrees C for Tobago.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will return to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening next week.
Acting prime minister, Finance Minister Colm Imbert told today's post-Cabinet news conference that Dr Rowley will travel home to T&T on Caribbean Airlines via New York.
Imbert said that he was advised that the tests went very well and that the prime minister does not require surgery.
"We are thankful our prayers were answered," Minister Imbert said.