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Deyalsingh: Public health
Health Minister Terrence
Deyalsingh says the public
health systems continue to be
overburdened because in many
instances, patients, including
pregnant women, fail to take
Speaking at a press conference
held at the ministry's office in Port-
of-Spain yesterday Deyalsingh said
too often when patients go to the
public hospitals they fail to take
important information including
their blood work and in the case of
pregnant women, their ultrasound
Citing an example Deyalsingh
said on Thursday he was speaking to
an obstetrician in the public sector
who told him that after spending
close to 45 minutes with a pregnant
patient it was learnt that the patient
failed to walk with past ultra sound
"We now have to do another ul-
tra sound. So because persons don't
take some responsibility it clogs the
system and this is multiplied over
and over," he added.
Saying it was difficult not to have
any maternal deaths in any coun-
try Deyalsingh said in any country
where there are 100,000 live births
per year there should be more than
13 women dying in child birth.
"When you scale that down to
Trinidad where you have about
17,000 to 18,000 live births per year
it means we should not have more
than four per year," Deyalsingh said.
He said for this year to date there
were three recorded deaths in the
public sector and one in the private
Compared to the same period last
year, Deyalsingh said there were no
more than "three or fours deaths."
"All in the public sector have been
due to patient factors not due to any
fault of the public health system.
"The one in the private sector in
under investigation," the minister
Saying there was "no equity" in
health care in this country, Dey-
alsingh said there were many factors
which attributed to this including
people who fell into the lower so-
cio-economic strata which placed
them at a disadvantage.
"When you look at maternal
mortality rates most of the wom-
en who die in child birth come
from the lower socio-economic
backgrounds because they don't
appreciate or have access to an-
" Their health status predisposes
them to complications in childbirth
like diabetes and obesity," Deyalsin-
Pressed that those from poor
background ought to access an
acceptable level of health care the
minister said while public health
care was always free it was, how-
ever, a "partnership" and urged
people to be more conscious of
their personal health.
Minister: Cuffie improving
The medical condition of Public
Administration and Communi-
cations Minister Maxie Cuffie has
not been changed as he is still being
treated at the St Clair Medical Cen-
tre, Port of Spain.
However, he is said to be improving.
There has been no specific announce-
ment by Government about what hap-
pened to the former journalist and MP
of La Horquetta/Talparo.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsin-
gh, at a press conference held at the the
ministry's Port-of-Spain office when
asked whether Cuffie suffered a stoke
as rumoured said, "What I can confirm
is that the medical episode that occurred
on Tuesday night needed ICU interven-
tion and he is receiving that."
Giving an update on Cuffie's condition
Deyalsingh said he (Cuffie) "continues
to improve" as reported by his doctors
up to yesterday morning.
" I spoke with his doctors around 9.30
am and there has been no change as from
yesterday (Thursday)to now (yesterday).
They are satisfied with his progress," the
health minister said.
Cuffie's condition was reported to
have stabilised. He began ailing at around
1.30 am at his residence in Port of Spain.
The Office of the Prime Minister
(OPM) in a statement had said Cuff-
ie was receiving medical attention for
an undisclosed illness, adding that his
doctors were pleased with his progress.
The OPM had said, "His family ap-
preciates the outpouring of prayers and
well wishes and thanks everyone for their
support as he takes the time to heal.
"We pray for a speedy and full recovery
and will provide information as appro-
Cuffie, a former journalist, was said to
have suffered a mild stroke a few years
ago while he was editor of the TnT Mirror.
Just recently Cuffie announced that
CNMG would be closed to make way for
a return to TTT with a format of local
Public Administration and
Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie
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