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.
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.
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.
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.
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".