“Decriminalisation can create a next generation of addicts…”

“Young people should not be allowed to topple into a state of drug dependency because of neglect by the relevant authorities.”

That statement from Debbie Boodhan, the newly elected Councillor for Montrose in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, who believes the recently passed cannabis legislation should be dealt with properly, in order that young people may not see marijuana as a solution for their frustration and pressure.

Cannabis activist happy marijuana has been decriminalised

Cannabis activist Nazma Muller is describing Monday’s scheduled proclamation of legislation to decriminalise marijuana as a victory.

Muller says for years she has advocated, lobbied and even petitioned for the legalization of cannabis, as she deemed existing laws in contravention of citizen's constitutional right to freedom.

She had previously expressed concerns with clauses made to the Dangerous Drugs and Cannabis Control Bill.

Deyalsingh says flu vaccine is no protection from the cold

Min­is­ter of Health Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said the in­fluen­za vac­cine does not pro­tect peo­ple from the com­mon cold - which isn’t fa­tal - and dif­fer­ent types of treat­ment are need­ed for both the ‘flu and the com­mon cold.

And, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, it takes two weeks for the in­fluen­za vac­cine to be­come ef­fec­tive, so one can still get the ‘flu in the two weeks be­fore it “kicks in.”

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.

Cancer clinical trials coming soon to T&T

Come January 2020, local clinical trials for cancer treatment drugs will begin in Trinidad and Tobago.

Confirmation has come from Natalie Sabga, Founder and Executive Director of the John E Sabga Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.

Ms Sabga was speaking at the time, with Guardian Media, at a special ceremony for a sizeable donation to the Foundation. It received a cheque for $30,000 from AMCO and Tru Value Supermarket.

She says the goal of the foundation was to reach a target of US$1 million to assist in the funding of pancreatic cancer research and clinical trials.

Medical Association horrified at killing at POS General

The Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) says it is horrified at the recent killing of patient at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

In an official statement, the T&TMA expressed concern about the safety of hospital staff and patients at the nation’s health care facilities.

The full text of the Association’s statement, follows…

Children’s Authority: Vaccinate your children against the flu

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is appealing to parents and guardians to ensure their children’s safety from the influenza virus.

In a news release, the Authority is reminding parents and guardian that children, particularly those five years and under, have been categorised by the ministry of health as one of the groups vulnerable to the virus.

The authority says all precautions should be taken to ensure their protection, including vaccination.