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Health Minister Terrence Deyals-
ingh says there is an urgent need
to revise policies regarding mater-
nal health in T&T.
He made the comment yesterday
following a tour of the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital, while responding
to questions relating to the recent
deaths of two babies and a mother
at the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Complex in Mount Hope.
Deyalsingh said he believed that
many of the cases of maternal death
could be avoided if mothers knew
their respective health conditions
"Do you know one in four women
who are pregnant either are obese,
diabetic or hypertensive and if they
have one or two or all, it can have
adverse outcomes that we don t
want? So we have to start with edu-
cation and the revising of policies
and procedures within the hospitals,"
He said he hoped the director of
women s health on the board could
attend to the issues, with the main
one being education.
"Educating women before getting
pregnant so that they can be aware
as to their risk factors. What hap-
pens in the public domain, the dis-
cussion goes a certain way in that
you want to pass blame, but what
whole thing and start with the
women being given the proper
advice," he said.
Deyalsingh also pointed out that
women these days, especially pro-
fessional women, are now delaying
childbirth until their 40s, which he
said only increased the risks.
"That is why we have to start
with educating the population and
have a look at policies and proce-
dures within the system," he said.
Regarding baby Asia Marie Small s
death on Monday, Deyalsingh said
he understood the emotion being
expressed by the baby s parents, but
said that there was a process that
must take place before answers could
"First of all the autopsy has not
been performed yet, but we can t
do or say anything until that autopsy
has been done. I know everybody
wants answers immediately but we
have to go through the process
before," he said.
He also disclosed that he was
expected to meet with the Medical
Chief of Staff at the Women s Hos-
pital in Mount Hope, Dr Karen
Sohan, on Friday on the matter,
when he was also expected to receive
an official report.
It was reported that baby Asia
Marie s mother, Chelsea Robinson,
19, spent over 48 hours in labour,
screaming and begging nurses for
help before delivering a dead baby
born with faecal matter in her
mouth. Robinson was a first-time
Her baby had died in her stomach
before an emergency delivery, after
medical staff discovered faeces had
entered the womb.
Robinson and her family are now
demanding answers from the man-
agement of the hospital as they fear
negligence may have played a part
in the baby s death.
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Deyalsingh to review system
In a photograph taken from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh's Facebook page, the minister is seen with nursing
staff at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital during his tour of the facility yesterday.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh
continued his tour of the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital yesterday---his third
day of viewing the institution.
According to Deyalsingh, he used
yesterday to show solidarity with the
healthcare workers who carried out
their respective duties on a public
"I am just here to support them and
say that I too can come out and work
on a public holiday. I am happy to see
that there are many positive stories
coming out of the hospital that are not
really heard of.
"This morning (yesterday) I met a
mother and daughter who were
involved in an accident and they were
brought to tears as they thanked me
for the level of care and service that
they had received here at the Accident
and Emergency Department,"
However, members of the media
invited to cover the minister's tour
were not allowed access inside by
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