Cabinet is meeting today to discuss what protocols should be activated in the event of a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh will be taking a note to Cabinet concerning how to deal with the possibility. He also will be asking for the creation of an early warning system concerning health epidemics for this country, as well as recommending a region-wide early warning system for CARICOM, especially in light of the recent coronavirus scare in Jamaica, earlier this week.
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.
If you are travelling to this country from the United States or the Asian continent, then prepare to be screened.
Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, has confirmed that screening has begun at the Piarco International Airport and the ANR Robinson International Airport as the first line of defence against the deadly coronavirus—2019 NCOV—which first presented in Wuhan, China.
To date, the health ministry has distributed 48,411 flu vaccines, and the health minister is once again appealing to the population—especially those in the vulnerable and high risk groups—to get vaccinated.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh laments the fact that the anti-vaccsers lobby is having so much success at preventing people from taking care of their health—to the point where the anti-vaccsers are not only dominating social media, but showing up in Parliament.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has pledged to tackle the issue of gestational diabetes in 2020.
On Christmas Day, Minister Deyalsingh stated this is one of several major projects they’ll focus on next year.
The minister says it is one of the most important interventions they intend to undertake, in order to deal with diabetes in this country. He notes that in the case of many women with gestational diabetes, their children could develop type-one diabetes.
Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, says the people who need the flu vaccine the most are not getting it, which has serious implications for how many may never recovery from the flu, should they catch it this year.
There have been 32 deaths from swine flu in this current flu season. The minister told us that those who have died weren’t vaccinated and fell into the vulnerable groups.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is making another appeal to citizens to get their flu shots.
This flu season, government ordered 100,000 flu shots to ensure the country is covered, a move for which the health minister has been criticised by those who believe that amount is too many.
However, the minister says he prefers to have too many vaccines available, rather than too few.
The Point Fortin hospital is set to be completed and opened within the next four months.
The announcement was made by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during the Urgent Questions session in the Senate, today.
“My information is it will be opened by March 2020,” Deyalsingh said.
This, as two subcontractors took legal action against a company linked to the main contractor, over funding for work on the Point Fortin Hospital, Austrian firm Vamed.
Former education minister and Caroni East MP, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, says health minister Terrence Deyalsingh is guilty of negligence and mismanagement of the H1N1 outbreak in this country.
In an official statement, the Caroni East MP accuses the health minister of “engaging cheap politics and abdicating his responsibilities to citizens’ lives with respect to the H1N1 (Swine) flu outbreak”.
Former health minister, Dr Fuad Khan, is demanding that the current health minister retract his allegation that the People’s Partnership Government hid critical information on the H1N1 virus and related deaths in the country.
The call comes in the wake of statements Terrence Deyalsingh made at a PNM political meeting in Tunapuna, this week.
According to Minister Deyalsingh, former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar allegedly instructed public officials to hide swine flu mortality statistics, during the period 2013 to 2015.