health

Region officially declared Zika free

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission. 
 
This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by CARPHA, giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the region. 

'God has answered my prayers'

For the first time in years, Salmat­tie Garib­s­ingh is look­ing for­ward to her birth­day on No­vem­ber 4.

Garib­s­ingh, who is blind and bedrid­den, was vis­it­ed by of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment on Wednes­day at her Are­na Road, Freeport home.

Help came af­ter Guardian Me­dia high­light­ed her liv­ing con­di­tions on Tues­day. She was promised three grants, one to com­plete her home, an­oth­er to in­stall elec­tri­cal wiring and the third to fur­nish the house. She was al­so promised a food card and a new wheel­chair.

Baby loses eyesight, donations came too late

The US$16,000 need­ed for ba­by Ky'Mani Thomp­son to re­ceive spe­cialised care in Mi­a­mi came too late to save his eye­sight.

His par­ents were giv­en the sad news by doc­tors but one-year-old Ky'Mani will still be un­der­go­ing surgery at the Bas­com Palmer Eye In­sti­tute in Mi­a­mi on Oc­to­ber 24.

Omega-XL warns of imposter product

Fake ver­sions of the pop­u­lar Omega-XL "su­per oil" are once again be­ing sold in T&T.

The Flori­da-based Great Health­Works, which man­u­fac­tures the sup­ple­ment, is warn­ing con­sumers that some lo­cal sell­ers are now us­ing their coun­ter­feit la­bels on bot­tles of fake drugs and sell­ing it off as the bonafide Omega-XL brand.

On Fri­day, the com­pa­ny’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Miles Du Preé, told the Sun­day Guardian the coun­ter­feit prod­ucts were dis­cov­ered lo­cal­ly about a month ago.

NWRHA moves to prosecute those involved in brawl at St James Medical Complex

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) says steps are being taken to prosecute persons involved in an altercation that occurred at the Accident and Emergency department of the St James Medical Complex on Tuesday night.

An official report indicates that the physical altercation involved between two patients brought in earlier by officers attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for medical attention and the patients’ relatives.

The NWRHA says security officers on duty immediately intervened and brought the situation under control.

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