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Health minister: most vulnerable not getting flu shots

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.

Deyalsingh makes another flu shots appeal

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.

Point Fortin Hospital to be completed in 2020

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. 

GOPEESINGH: Deyalsingh guilty of negligence in H1N1 outbreak

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”.

FUAD KHAN: “We did not hide any H1N1 data…”

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.

Flu vaccines coming to T&T

The 2020 influenza vaccine is expected to arrive in T&T today.

Yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh refuted reports of the government covering up a 'deadly outbreak' of H1N1 in Trinidad and Tobago. 

A social media page alleged that there were thirty deaths thus far, and approximately one thousand cases reported at hospitals.

In his statement, the minister noted that the H1N1 is nothing new. He also indicated the country's flu season started in October and runs until May.

Health Ministry faces lawsuit for allowing facility to stay open

The fam­i­ly of a man who died while housed at the Trans­formed Life Min­istries Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre last year, is con­sid­er­ing su­ing the Min­istry of Health for its al­leged neg­li­gence in al­low­ing the fa­cil­i­ty to be op­er­at­ed.

At­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing the rel­a­tives of War­ren Man­gal sig­nalled their in­ten­tion in a pre-ac­tion pro­to­col sent to Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh and the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

DPP to get file on eye clinic

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said yes­ter­day that a file is be­ing com­piled and will be sent to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions in re­la­tion to the com­pa­ny in­volved in the drug which caused sev­en pa­tients to go blind in ei­ther one eye or both eyes.

HEALTH MINISTER: St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital to be de-commissioned

The 117-year-old St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital is to be de-commissioned.

Confirmation has come from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, during his contribution to the 2020 Budget debate this morning.

Minister Deyalsingh says the Government is working on a new centrally located centre which will focus on treating Mental Health.

This he says will be a part of a change in approach to the treatment of Mental Health in the country, which he termed, "Behavioural Health Wellness services".

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