Doctors perform a Gallstones surgery on a patient on the USNS Comfort at Port Brighton in La Brea, yesterday.
PHOTO: Rishi Ragoonath
When the USNS Comfort raises its anchor and sails out of the Gulf of Paria, crew members leave knowing that they’ve changed the lives of over 5,000 people through a week-long medical intervention.
It’s an accomplishment even the Prime Minister praised, although he said it was not an “indictment” on this country’s health care system.
Today, September 10, around the globe we recognise World Suicide Prevention Day 2019.
This day comes with much sadness for many, thinking about the ones that have been lost to mental illness which is prevalent in today’s society. It is important to make yourself aware of the warning signs.
Five prisoners have tested positive for tuberculosis.
Four of the inmates were housed at the maximum-security prison and one at the remand facility.
According to a press release from the prisons service, the prisoners recently exhibited symptoms of tuberculosis and were examined.
After testing positive they were immediately taken to the Caura medical facility for treatment.
The areas where they were housed were sanitized and continuous testing and screenings are being conducted.
The Government will build a new hospital in Port-of-Spain.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement at the sod-turning ceremony for the Roxborough Hospital on Wednesday
The US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will offer free medical services in Trinidad and Tobago September 5-10, the US Embassy reiterated in a media statement on Wednesday.
The ship will dock at the La Brea port and conduct 100 onboard surgeries, provide basic medical services at two medical walk-in sites at the Cedros Community Centre and the South West Regional Sports Arena, Point Fortin, as well as host health fairs/community outreach and town halls to address various public health topics.
The US Embassy has donated 110,000 rapid HIV test kits to the Ministry of Health.
The handing over by Ambassador Joseph Mondello to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh took place Wednesday at the NIPDEC Central Warehouse, Airways Road, Chaguaramas.
The embassy says it's part of the US Government's continued partnership with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to combat HIV and AIDS, which amounts to US$2.5 million in funding for fiscal 2019.