Swine Flu

Flu vaccine rush continues

Even as members of the public continue to complain about vaccination shortages, chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority Keith Mc Donald assured that additional supplies of vaccines are being sent to health centres on a daily basis.

Nurses at various health centres said normally 20 vaccines are given but since last week they have gone up to administering over 150 vaccinations on a daily basis.

Denying that vaccines had run out, Mc Donald said because of the sudden public demand for seasonal influenza vaccines, supplies were finishing earlier. 

Swine flu vaccines run low

In­fluen­za vac­ci­na­tions have run low in some health cen­tres as pub­lic de­mand grows with the threat of the dead­ly H1N1 virus.

At the Pleas­antville Health Cen­tre, scores of peo­ple were turned away as sup­plies ran low. On­ly 162 peo­ple re­ceived vac­ci­na­tions at the Pe­nal Health Cen­tre while vac­ci­na­tions at Mara­bel­la and Roy Joseph in San Fer­nan­do al­so ran out.

Swine flu crisis in South Trinidad—Health Minister

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh says there is a cri­sis in the out­break of H1N1 or swine flu in Trinidad es­pe­cial­ly in the south­ern part of the coun­try where there have been three re­port­ed deaths.

Deyals­ingh made this dis­clo­sure to the me­dia af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing of the San­gre Grande En­hanced Health Cen­tre at Ojoe Road, San­gre Grande yes­ter­day.

The Min­is­ter of Health con­firmed that three deaths have been record­ed as a re­sult of H1N1 and not­ed there are many more lab-con­firmed cas­es.

SWRHA on heightened alert with Swine Flu

The South West Regional Health Authority says it continues to remain on heightened alert for Swine Flu cases and has coordinated all its facilities within the region to be prepared with flu vaccines.

The SWRHA is also seeking to assure the public that all proper medical procedures were followed in the treatment of Nicole Seecharan, the Tabaquite woman, who succumbed to the virus.

It says on December 10th last year, swabs were taken for testing and the results came in 9 days later.

Three die from Swine Flu, health official confirms

Ministry of Health officials have confirmed three deaths related to Swine Flu.

On Wednesday Guardian Media revealed that a 47-year-old Tabaquite woman died from the H1N1 virus.

Today, Director of Women's Health Dr Adesh Sirjusingh said there's no need for public alarm.

He said that at this time of year, the seasonal influenza is circulating.

He added that the flu is like the common cold but come as a more severe form of illness and in worst case scenarios, can result in death.

Swine Flu is back

SWRHA act­ing med­ical di­rec­tor Dr Robin Sinanan has con­firmed that over the past few months, there were pa­tients be­ing treat­ed for H1N1 (Swine Flu). He said the fig­ure was not alarm­ing and the pa­tients are be­ing treat­ed.

“I think by now H1N1 would be en­dem­ic to the coun­try. It’s glob­al. Folks trav­el all the time and we are al­ways screen­ing peo­ple on trav­el and when they re­turn. The min­istry has a na­tion­al pro­gramme where they screen peo­ple who are re­turn­ing from all coun­tries, so yes, it is al­ways on the cards.”

56-year-old woman becomes latest Swine Flu victim

The Swine Flu virus has claimed yet another victim, this time a 56-year-old woman who has been warded at the Sangre Grande Hospital.

The confirmation comes from the Ministry of Health, which issued the following statement today:

"The Ministry of Health notes with sadness the passing of 56 year old Seedaye Ramkissoon, a patient of the Sangre Grande Hospital who passed away following a seventeen (17) day stay in the Intensive Care Unit due to complications that arose from a combination of hypertension and H1N1 Influenza. 

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