Caribbean health sector to receive US$1.1 million funding

The Caribbean public health sector is poised to benefit from a US$1.1 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center which will be handed over to the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development.

The Center is a product of collaboration between two major educational institutions—State University of New York (SUNY) and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) —deeply committed to the development and growth of their respective constituents and the well-being of humanity.

FDA: Romaine lettuce is safe once it's not from central CA

Romaine lettuce is safe to eat as long as it's not from California’s Central Coast growing region, federal health officials said late Monday.

So far, an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce has made 43 people sick in 12 states, plus another 22 in Canada, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had narrowed down the suspect lettuce to lettuce harvested in northern and central California.

NCRHA confirms flood-related leptospirosis death

Of­fi­cials from the North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty have con­firmed that one man died due to com­pli­ca­tions of lep­tospiro­sis at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mt Hope ear­li­er this week.

Samir Khan, 37, of New Street, Ca­roni, died at the hos­pi­tal on Tues­day. He was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal 10 days ear­li­er af­ter dis­play­ing symp­toms of the dis­ease. Khan is be­lieved to have con­tract­ed the bac­te­r­i­al dis­ease dur­ing the re­cent flood­ing in his area.

TRHA appoints new Acting CEO

The Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) has announced the appointment of Michelle Edwards-Benjamin as Acting Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect.

Edwards-Benjamin has worked with the TRHA since 1995, moving through the ranks of Nursing to hold the substantive position of Secondary Care Nurse Manager.

She holds a B.Sc. Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).