Ministry of Health

Health Minister: “Try not to go to China…”

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is urging citizens who were planning to travel to china, to avoid doing so, unless it is absolutely necessary.

The minister issued the public advisory on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today:

“I am urging everyone who is thinking about going to China for non-essential travel to please, not go. It is not in your best interest to go to China at this point in time.”

The health minister is encouraging citizens who have recently travelled to China, or who know someone who has, to get themselves to the nearest health facility.

Health ministry urges citizens to get vaccinated as flu deaths rise

The number of flu deaths has risen by four to thirty-seven.

The Health Ministry confirmed the number of deaths for this season, yesterday.

The ministry also confirmed that the number of suspected influenza cases for the year stands at just over 3,400 cases.

The ministry is again advising citizens that the influenza virus is serious and generally is more severe than the common cold.

It says it currently is engaged in a robust, nation-wide influenza vaccination drive for the 2020 Flu Season, which ends in May next year.

Strategic approach taken to reduce HIV/AIDS in T&T

There are roughly 11,000 people recorded as being HIV positive and living with HIV/AIDS in this country.

And health ministry officials say more and more people are ensuring they know their status by getting tested for HIV.

Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Coordination Unit at the Ministry of Health, Keitha Kennedy, says Trinidad and Tobago continues to put up a good fight against the disease.

Health Ministry: Don’t eat or sell romaine lettuce

The Ministry of Health is notifying the public that the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California growing region.

The ministry says this includes all use-by dates and brands of romaine lettuce from this region.

The advisory has come because of an e.Coli outbreak—specifically e.Coli O157:H7 (Escherichia coli O157:H7), which is a serotype of the bacterial species.

HEALTH MINISTRY: There is no flu outbreak

The ministry of health is doubling down on its insistence that there is no flu outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

In an official statement, the ministry is reasserting that suspected influenza cases for the last three years have been on the decline.

The ministry said there were 6,500 cases in 2016, but that dropped to just over 2,000 for this year, so far.

One hundred thousand doses of the influenza vaccine will be given to all hospitals and health centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The ministry says that process should be completed by Friday.