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World Health Day 2018: "Health for All"
Monday, April 09, 2018

Port-of-Spain, 6th April, 2018: Trinidad and Tobago joins the global community in the observance of World Health Day on Saturday 7th April, 2018. World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated annually on April 7th, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
This year’s theme, ‘Health for All’, is based on the belief that “all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health” (World Health Organization, 2018).
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry of Health and the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development in the Tobago House of Assembly, continues to prioritize access to health services. Throughout Trinidad and Tobago there are over 100 health centres and 9 hospitals that are strategically located to deliver services to communities via the public healthcare system. Public outreach activities, such as Health Fairs and Immunization Drives, also help to improve access to healthcare.
Additionally, the Regional Health Authorities have implemented several initiatives which increase the range and quality of services available to the public to ensure the continued well being of the population. Some examples of these include:
  • The Eastern Regional Health Authority: Maternity Day Assessment Unit
    This Unit, located at the Sangre Grande Hospital, is designed to identify and monitor pregnant women with urgent or ongoing obstetric complications. It provides care for women with complications after the 20th week of pregnancy in an effort to ensure continued good health of both mother and her baby.

    Sangre Grande Hospital Staff in front of MDAU
  • The Tobago Regional Health Authority: Hyperbaric Medical Facility in Roxborough.
    At this Roxborough facility, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to treat patients with conditions such as diabetic ulcers and gas gangrene. The team at the facility works diligently to make every treatment count so that clients maintain use of their limbs and preserve their independence. 

Kelly Waldron, Registered Nurse, demonstrates use of the gas mask at the Roxborough Hyperbaric Medical Facility of the TRHA
  • The North West Regional Health Authority’s Children’s Assessment Unit
    The Children’s Assessment Unit (CAU) is an ambulatory care Paediatric service for children who are under the age of sixteen (16). These services, provided at the St James District Health Facility and the Barataria Health Centre,  are offered in a child-friendly environment up to 12,000 children per year.

Members of Staff of the Children’s Assessment Unit of the NWRHA go to great lengths to create a child friendly environment
  • The South-West Regional Health Authority: Refurbishment of the Rochard Douglas Health Centre.
    This facility once functioned as an outreach centre with limited hours of operation. With the addition of new services to facilitate the changes in the demographics of the citizens who accessed health care, the Outreach Status was upgraded to that of a Health Centre. New services include: child health services, chronic diseases clinics, wound management and foot care services, vaccination, antenatal clinics and pharmacy services.

    The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, speaks with a staff member during a tour of the newly refurbished Rochard Douglas Health Centre
  • The North Central Regional Health Authority’s Post Natal Home Care Unit.
    This Unit has provided health care services to more than one-hundred and fifty (150) high risk mothers and newborns in their homes since November 2017. This has reduced emergency room visits for complications such as infected surgical stitches.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago continues to offer a variety of innovative healthcare services to the population as we strive to achieve a Healthy Me… a Healthy You and a Healthy Trinidad and Tobago.

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