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.

Trini-born surgeon in UK hailed as hero

A Tri­ni-born sur­geon prac­tis­ing in Eng­land is be­ing hailed as a hero by many for suc­cess­ful­ly re­con­struct­ing the jaw of a 15-year-old girl fol­low­ing a horse-rid­ing ac­ci­dent.

Con­sul­tant Oral & Max­illo­fa­cial sur­geon based at Sheffield Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals and an Hon­orary Se­nior Clin­i­cal Lec­tur­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Sheffield, Ri­car­do Mo­hammed-Ali, suc­cess­ful­ly re­con­struct­ed the jaw of Emi­ly Ec­cles when it broke in half in Au­gust.

Gopeesingh: Govt failed T&T on Zika

The re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for care and pro­tec­tion for ba­bies with mi­cro­cephaly should be in the state’s hands since Gov­ern­ment was late in re­spond­ing to prepa­ra­tions for last year’s Zi­ka mos­qui­to epi­dem­ic and ba­bies with Mi­cro­cephaly were lat­er born, says UNC MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

Gopeesingh was speak­ing in yes­ter­day’s 2020 Bud­get de­bate in the Low­er House.

Mi­cro­cephaly, a con­di­tion where a ba­by’s head is small­er than nor­mal, is caused by the Zi­ka virus among oth­er con­di­tions.

Claims of torture, abuse

Two male vic­tims who stayed at the Trans­formed Life Min­istries Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre claimed that they were tor­tured and abused dur­ing their eight-month col­lec­tive stay at the church.

“I was gagged, hand­cuffed and thrown in­to a very small cage for many days when I got there. It just has an iron bed frame and a buck­et which I was lat­er told had to be used as a toi­let.”

Laws needed to protect vulnerable

A call for poli­cies and laws to be put in place to pro­tect el­der­ly and men­tal­ly ill cit­i­zens, this call comes from the Pres­i­dent of the Trinidad and To­ba­go Res­i­den­tial Homes As­so­ci­a­tion, Car­o­line Ruiz.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia Lim­it­ed, Mrs Ruiz said she was dis­ap­point­ed with what was hap­pen­ing at the Trans­form Life Min­istries Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter.

Doctor: Wrong to place elderly with mentally ill

“Dis­con­cert­ing and dis­turb­ing.”

The de­scrip­tion was giv­en yes­ter­day by geron­tol­o­gist Dr Jen­nifer Rouse fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery on Wednes­day of 69 peo­ple who were locked in cages at the Arou­ca-based Trans­formed Life Min­istries Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre (TLM) dur­ing a po­lice raid.