Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 25th 2016 Contents Senior police officers have
expressed concern about a recent
upsurge in robberies in the Mayaro
district, with four reported in just
three days last week. They are ask-
ing the public to assist with any
information they may have on any
Police said they are looking for
a group of men for questioning in
connection with robberies at bars
across the community where cash,
liquor, jewelry, cellphones and phone
cards amounting to thousands of
dollars have been taken from pro-
prietors and customers.
The suspects are men are in
their early 20s operating in groups
After viewing the footage from
cameras installed at the bars that
were robbed at gunpoint, inves-
tigators believe that the bandits
are not residents of Mayaro and
environs. The gun-toting bandits
are operating at nights and some
bar owners are now closing their
doors earlier, police said.
Customers are also now afraid
to visit bars.
Police said in the latest rob-
bery last week, bandits robbed
a bar owner of $20,000 in cash,
liquor and phone cards, in addi-
tion to robbing four customers
of their cash, jewellery and cell-
Police constable Sookoo of the
Mayaro CID is continuing with
per patient per year. This was a drain on the Treasury,
he said, and the time has come to reverse the dependency
President of the T&T Medical Association, Dr Stacey
Chamely, underscored the importance of transforming
lives before they reached the stage of becoming a burden
to their family and the State. She said this year's con-
ference had been broadened to include legislative, polit-
ical and civil society input.
Claiming that it is an overwhelming burden already,
Chamely said the situation with people suffering with
NCDs is expected to become six times worse by 2020.
She said this group of people also experience the highest
mortality rates and agreed with Deyalsingh that the
top ten causes of death all fell under the 12 social deter-
minants of health, with the top four listed as cardio-
vascular, diabetes, hypertension and mental illness.
President of the World Medical Association, Prof
Michael Marmot, said every person should have the
best start in life in terms of early childhood care, edu-
cation, health, living accommodations and working
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A national policy on non-communicable diseases
(NCD) will be introduced within the next two weeks,
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday.
It will be based on an examination of factors creating
inequity throughout the health system, he said, adding
that it was unfortunate that the disadvantaged and
vulnerable are often the ones who carry the heaviest
The minister said the Government is taking a stance
against health threats such as cardio-vascular diseases,
diabetes, hypertension and cancers but admitted that
people in the lower strata who are too busy trying to
survive on a daily basis are the most affected. He said
constraints such as a lack of time, education, finances
and a general inclination to lead unhealthy lives are
among the impediments they face.
Deyalsingh said achievable targets have been set and
depend on policy implementation as this was the first
time T&T will have legislation to aid the process.
Speaking at the opening of the T&T Medical Asso-
ciation's (TTMA) 22nd Annual Medical Research Con-
ference at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre
yesterday, Deyalsingh promised to ensure that T&T
attains developed country status by reducing mortality
and morbidity rates in various areas.
The minister said it is costly for taxpayers to continue
to provide treatment for people suffering with NCDs,
with approximately $136,000 spent to provide dialysis
finalising NCD policy
Police concerned about upsurge in robberies in Mayaro
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, right, speaks
with Dr Solaiman Juman during the Ministry of
Health's seminar, Health in All Policies A Golden
Investments, at the Trinidad Hilton and conference
centre. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
"Everyone should have
the minimum income
necessary for a healthy life.
If you haven't got enough
money to feed your chil-
dren, you can't have a
healthy life or eat healthy
food," he said.
On the issue of smok-
ing, he said one had to ask
what made it so popular
and common among peo-
ple occupying the lower
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