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.
The Ministry of Health is seeking to give the assurance that it is closely monitoring the supply and distribution of influenza vaccines to meet the increased demand at the nation’s public health institutions.
The ministry says that to date, approximately one-third of the vaccines acquired have been administered (24,000 administered out of 75,000 vaccines).
"While the Ministry is encouraged by the significant public response to the flu vaccination drive, we remind members of the public there is a sufficient quantity of the flu vaccines," the statement said.
The mother of a teenage girl is calling on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for justice after her daughter was allegedly prescribed seizure pills for flu-like symptoms at the Canaan Health Center last Friday.
Allysa Price, 19, of Black Rock was allegedly prescribed Clonazepam.
A quick search of the internet revealed that Clonazepam is a tranquillizer, given to treat and prevent seizures, panic disorder, and for the movement disorder known as akathisia.
The girl’s story was posted on Facebook by her sister on Monday evening.
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.
Officials of the Susamachar Presbyterian Church have arranged for flu vaccinations to given to their congregation members today. District Medical Officer Dr Clement Ragobar confirmed that vaccinations would be done from 4 pm at the church at Carib Street, San Fernando.
Dr Ragobar said they were hoping to do as many as 60 vaccines. He encouraged other faith-based organisations to follow Susamachar’s lead and arrange for their members to get vaccinated.
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.
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.
Cruise line spokesperson Owen Torres told The Associated Press "we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health."
He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.