Thursday 20 September, 2018

Updated: Public healthcare services unaffected by earthquake

All public hospitals across the country remain functional at this time despite the damage caused to a number of buildings after the magnitude 6.9 earthquake experienced on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday advised that the Accident and Emergency Departments at all public hospitals are unaffected by Tuesday’s tremors and persons should access care at these facilities as required.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh assured that all health facilities are intact, and the Ministry’s disaster preparedness plan is in full operation.

He appealed to citizens to go to public health facilities for emergency purposes only.

As part of its emergency preparedness activities, all elective surgeries and outpatient services have been suspended for the afternoon period at Hospitals in the North West Regional Health Authority, North Central Regional Health Authority, Eastern Regional Health Authority, and South West Regional Health Authority.

The Ministry says these measures will free up essential medical personnel to respond to any health emergencies at this time.

Other health services offered through the Ministry, including blood donation at the National Blood Transfusion Service, the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health Lab, services at the Queen’s Park Counselling Centre and Clinic and the Insect Vector Control Division, are all operational and continue to function at normal capacity.

C40, the Ministry’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Warehouse remains up and running, to ensure an uninterrupted delivery of medical equipment and medication to the nation.

The Ministry has also scaled up its inspection of the environment by Public Health Inspectors, including sewage systems, water storage, supermarkets and food establishments, to safeguard public health. 

 

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