health

Hospital waste dumped in public area, contractor blamed

he St Au­gus­tine Pri­vate Med­ical Hos­pi­tal is now fac­ing a probe by the Min­istry of Health af­ter med­ical waste from the in­sti­tu­tion was found dumped at Psalm Dri­ve, off St John’s Road, St Au­gus­tine, yes­ter­day morn­ing.

How­ev­er, an of­fi­cial from the in­sti­tu­tion who spoke anony­mous­ly told the T&T Guardian yes­ter­day blamed a con­trac­tor for the in­ci­dent, say­ing they were in charge of the hos­pi­tal’s waste dis­pos­al.

Health ministry ramps up HIV awareness

The Ministry of Health is ramping up its messaging about HIV and Aids prevention and reduction this Carnival season.

Prevention Coordinator at the health ministry’s HIV Unit, Keitha Kennedy, reports that most of the 11,000 people living with HIV in this country are in the 15 to 49 years age group, the peak period of work productivity and sexual reproductivity.

She also points out that the majority of those living with the disease are men. 

Obesity rising among students

At least 50 per cent of pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary school chil­dren are over­weight and are at risk of be­com­ing di­a­bet­ics.

This star­tling sta­tis­tic was dis­closed as a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee on So­cial Ser­vices and Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion met to ex­am­ine the cur­rent lev­els of child­hood obe­si­ty and what the State was do­ing to pro­mote a health­i­er lifestyle among chil­dren.

Among the ini­tia­tives, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Min­istry of Health im­ple­ment­ed in 2017 was the re­stric­tion of sug­ary drinks be­ing sold in schools.

Man taken to hospital after scaling cell tower

A Moruga man who climbed a 200-foot cell tower, singing soca and performing acrobatics has been taken to hospital for observation.

The man, of Basse Terre, Moruga was seen climbing up the tower around 11 am on Tuesday. 

He was heard singing soca hits loudly and when he reached the top of the tower he began yanking the cell tower panels, an eyewitness said. 

Scores of people lined St Mary's Road taking photos and videos of the acrobatics with their cellphones. 

Rick Joseph said he saw the man scaling up and down the tower at least three times.

Ailing lawyer claims radiation poisoning

An at­tor­ney is claim­ing she suf­fered ra­di­a­tion poi­son­ing at a pop­u­lar pri­vate nurs­ing home in San Fer­nan­do af­ter un­der­go­ing a CT scan.

Cher­ry-Ann Ra­jku­mar, 42, ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band Mar­vin Ram­nar­ine held a sec­ond protest in three days call­ing for the nurs­ing home, which has not ac­cept­ed li­a­bil­i­ty, to re­lease the ma­chine’s logs.

Ra­jku­mar said the logs will as­sist her doc­tors in de­ter­min­ing the ex­act lev­el of the ra­di­a­tion she was ex­posed to so they could ad­min­is­ter the ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment.

Sanctions will apply if child refused medical help - SWRHA

CEO of the South West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (SWRHA) Kei­th Mc­Don­ald is promis­ing that if any em­ploy­ee is found cul­pa­ble in deny­ing a 13-month-old ba­by care at the Mara­bel­la Health Cen­tre on Fri­day, he or she will be sanc­tioned.

Mc­Don­ald said he had a pre­lim­i­nary re­port be­fore him yes­ter­day, but there were still out­stand­ing de­tails that are need­ed. He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tor will be speak­ing with staff at the health cen­tre soon.

Docs deny sick baby care at health centre - too close to closing time

Less than three weeks af­ter Si­mone Chadee gave birth in the back seat of a car af­ter be­ing turned away by staff at the Mara­bel­la Health Cen­tre, a moth­er and her ail­ing ba­by have al­leged­ly been de­nied treat­ment at the same fa­cil­i­ty be­cause it was about to close.

Mara­bel­la res­i­dent Suni­ta Bal­go­b­in shared her or­deal on Face­book on Fri­day af­ter she and her one-year-old son were de­nied care at the fa­cil­i­ty. In re­sponse to her Face­book post, many users took the op­por­tu­ni­ty to com­ment about the poor med­ical ser­vice they have re­ceived.

Retired health worker pleads for Deyalsingh’s help

Af­ter decades of work at the South West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (SWRHA), for­mer Or­tho­pe­dic tech­ni­cian John Ro­driguez is ap­peal­ing to Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh to help him, say­ing that 18 months af­ter re­tire­ment, he is yet to re­ceive one cent of his pen­sion.

Ro­driguez said he will give the SWRHA un­til the end of Feb­ru­ary and is al­ready con­sult­ing with an at­tor­ney to file le­gal ac­tion against the or­gan­i­sa­tion to get his hard-earned mon­ey.

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