health

US donates 110,000 rapid HIV test kits

The US Embassy has donated 110,000 rapid HIV test kits to the Ministry of Health.

The handing over by Ambassador Joseph Mondello to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh took place Wednesday at the NIPDEC Central Warehouse, Airways Road, Chaguaramas.

The embassy says it's part of the US Government's continued partnership with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to combat HIV and AIDS, which amounts to US$2.5 million in funding for fiscal 2019.

Baby in critical condition after fall

A ten-month-old ba­by boy is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal af­ter he fell from the 2nd-floor bal­cony of his Princes Town home.

Po­lice say Javier Castil­lo was play­ing with his five-year-old broth­er on the 2nd-floor gallery of their home when Castil­lo's par­ents heard the child fall and his screams.

The par­ents rushed the child to the hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers say Javier's par­ents are Venezue­lan na­tion­als re­sid­ing in this coun­ty.

US navy medical ship will offer services in South Trinidad

The US Embassy has confirmed that the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Trinidad and Tobago in September.

The ship will dock at the La Brea port and conduct a number of surgeries onboard, as well as provide basic medical services in Cedros, Debe, La Brea, and Point Fortin to the regional population.

The visit is part of the ship’s five-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean on a medical assistance mission.

Bravo to bring sanitary napkins machine to T&T

Trinbago Knight Riders cricketer Dwayne Bravo is working to bring far more than sport and singing entertainment to Trinidad and Tobago soon.

The former national captain is working with an Indian businessman, to produce sanitary napkins for women right here in T&T.

Bravo, who played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, on Wednesday met with Indian businessman Arunachalam Muruganantham in Coimbatore, India, to discuss the initiative.

Muruganantham is known for introducing affordable sanitary napkins in the Indian market.

UTT evacuated as insecticide causes sickness

The University of Trinidad & Tobago O'Meara campus was evacuated after an insecticide, which was sprayed on the premises this morning, made staff unwell.

Deputy Chairman of UniversityProfessor Clement Imbert confirmed the evacuation took place to Guardian Media.

Health and Safety officers order the campus be evacuated after several members of staff complained about feeling nauseous.

The scent was said to be overpowering.

Guardian Media was told it seemed like insecticide was coming through the air conditioning vents 

The campus was cleared by 10am.

Shot spiritual leader still hospitalised

The 37-year-old spir­i­tu­al leader who was shot mul­ti­ple times at his San­ta Flo­ra home on Tues­day is still ward­ed in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal but he has shown some im­prove­ment.

Rel­a­tives of Anil “Ba­ba Anil” Jaimun­gal, 37, who were at the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day said they were clue­less as to why some­one would want to harm or kill him.

Po­lice said around 11.45 am Jaimun­gal was with his 58-year-old moth­er un­der a shed in front of their home at Syn­cline Road when they saw a man walk­ing to­wards the house.

Haematologist: Venezuelans not eligible to donate blood for one year

Deputy Dean of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies and Re­search Con­sul­tant Haema­tol­o­gist Dr Ken­neth Charles has ad­mit­ted that Venezue­lans who come to T&T to work would not be el­i­gi­ble to do­nate blood for one year.

Charles, a se­nior lec­tur­er, made the com­ment on Tues­day at his Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mt Hope, of­fice in re­sponse to a T&T Guardian ar­ti­cle pub­lished last Fri­day head­lined “Venezue­lans can give blood too- NCRHA head.”

NCRHA head: Venezuelans can give blood too

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (NCRHA) Dalvin Thomas has said that Venezue­lan na­tion­als can do­nate blood to the Blood Bank.

He said, how­ev­er, the blood will be test­ed.

He made the state­ment at yes­ter­day’s World Blood Donor Day sym­po­sium host­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies Fac­ul­ty of Med­ical Sci­ences, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty.

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