Health minister: most vulnerable not getting flu shots

Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, says the people who need the flu vaccine the most are not getting it, which has serious implications for how many may never recovery from the flu, should they catch it this year.

There have been 32 deaths from swine flu in this current flu season. The minister told us that those who have died weren’t vaccinated and fell into the vulnerable groups.

Cancer clinical trials coming soon to T&T

Come January 2020, local clinical trials for cancer treatment drugs will begin in Trinidad and Tobago.

Confirmation has come from Natalie Sabga, Founder and Executive Director of the John E Sabga Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.

Ms Sabga was speaking at the time, with Guardian Media, at a special ceremony for a sizeable donation to the Foundation. It received a cheque for $30,000 from AMCO and Tru Value Supermarket.

She says the goal of the foundation was to reach a target of US$1 million to assist in the funding of pancreatic cancer research and clinical trials.

Medical Association horrified at killing at POS General

The Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) says it is horrified at the recent killing of patient at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

In an official statement, the T&TMA expressed concern about the safety of hospital staff and patients at the nation’s health care facilities.

The full text of the Association’s statement, follows…

Children’s Authority: Vaccinate your children against the flu

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is appealing to parents and guardians to ensure their children’s safety from the influenza virus.

In a news release, the Authority is reminding parents and guardian that children, particularly those five years and under, have been categorised by the ministry of health as one of the groups vulnerable to the virus.

The authority says all precautions should be taken to ensure their protection, including vaccination. 

Task Force to probe Tobago health sector

A Task Force is to be es­tab­lished to have a com­pre­hen­sive look and re­view at the health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem in To­ba­go.

The an­nounce­ment was made by THA Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles.

He was speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence held at the Di­vi­sion of In­fra­struc­ture’s con­fer­ence room.

Over the last week, sev­er­al is­sues have been raised about the health fa­cil­i­ties in To­ba­go, and many were call­ing for the re­moval of the Sec­re­tary for Health, Well­ness and Fam­i­ly De­vel­op­ment Dr Agatha Car­ring­ton, how­ev­er.

Point Fortin Hospital to be completed in 2020

The Point Fortin hospital is set to be completed and opened within the next four months.

The announcement was made by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during the Urgent Questions session in the Senate, today. 

“My information is it will be opened by March 2020,” Deyalsingh said.

This, as two subcontractors took legal action against a company linked to the main contractor, over funding for work on the Point Fortin Hospital, Austrian firm Vamed.