Saturday 22 February, 2020

Outpatient Clinics to reopen before the end of the week

Citizens can be assured that the four outpatient clinics and the Medical Records Department at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, which were closed on Tuesday to facilitate infrastructural repairs, will be reopened before the end of the week.

The guarantee comes from Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh.

He was responding to questions from Oropouche West MP Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh during urgent questions in Parliament on Wednesday.

MP Gayadeen-Gopesingh asked whether the Minister could provide an update for the expected completion of repairs to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, after reports that the hospital’s Medical Records Department and four clinics were closed due to infrastructural damage.

Minister Deyalsingh said work on the structure is almost complete and added that business would return to normal by Friday.

 “Due to the heavy rains that fell on the night of Tropical Storm Bret, some rain water seeped into the roof of the medical records department; that caused some damage to the roof. The medical records department was therefore closed due to that, the repairs have been done, the final cleaning is being done today and the medical records department would be open for business from tomorrow and clinics would resume as early as Friday.”

The Health Minister, in addressing the damage caused by Tropical Storm Bret, took the opportunity to thank healthcare workers who worked during the natural disaster.

“I want to thank all health care workers who went above and beyond the call of duty to man their stations during Tropical Storm Bret. I think the response by the health care system was excellent and it exemplifies the best of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Tropical Storm Bret struck Trinidad and Tobago on June 19. The TS left flash flooding across the islands with roofs blown off of several homes and hundreds of others submerged under water.

The Government has since pledged $25 million dollars to relief efforts.

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