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Health Minister: “We’re taking no chances with new coronavirus…”

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.

PAHO/WHO urges southern hemisphere countries to prepare for heatwaves

the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the Region to be prepared for more heatwaves during 2020.

In an official statement, PAHO observes that 2019 came at the end of a decade of extreme heat, noting that 24 countries in the Region have activated alerts due to heatwaves. According to PAHO, forecasts expect these to continue in South America between December and March 2020, with possible adverse impact on human health.

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.

Diabetes: UN to tackle 'overly expensive' insulin prices

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a scheme to lower the "overly expensive" price of insulin.

The UN agency wants other drug companies to produce generic versions of insulin, which it will then test.

Two directors from the WHO at the convention in Geneva
The two-year project was announced in Geneva (Copyright EPA)

 

WHO declares Zika a global health emergency

A disease linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response, says the World Health Organization.

Experts are worried that the virus is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences.

The infection has been linked to cases of microcephaly, in which babies are born with underdeveloped brains.

The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola.

It means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection.