Tuesday 20 November, 2018

PAHO, Health Ministry unaware of mental health report

The Health Ministry has denied any knowledge of a report on mental health purportedly commissioned by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), which noted that more than 400 students across primary and secondary schools in T&T were on suicide watch.  

Appearing before a Joint Select Committee on Wednesday, Dr Katija Khan said some of the children under suicide watch were a young as seven.

In a statement on Friday, the Health Ministry said it received confirmation that PAHO produced no such report. The Ministry added that it has commissioned no such report.

“Members of the public are advised that the referenced report is currently not accessible to officials at the Ministry of Health. In this regard, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, the Chief Medical Officer and other officers at the Ministry of Health reserve the right to comment subsequent to the receipt of the report.”

The Ministry further advised that the relevant information presented to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament should be addressed to Dr. Katija Khan.