There are plans to remove the Arima Hospital from the parallel healthcare system and operationalise it for normal care to North East Trinidad, once COVID-19 cases remain low.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh made the revelation on Wednesday.
He said “The Arima Hospital, where we are keeping our suspect cases, is grossly under-utilised. You have about five or ten persons there on any one day in a 100-bed facility.”
According to Deyalsingh “We have a plan, once the numbers hold, that by February, once we get over the Christmas spike which we expect, the old year’s spike, if we conduct ourselves properly over this virtual carnival period, the Arima Hospital can be taken offline and be returned to the people of Arima for its original purpose.”
Deyalsingh added “What we are thinking about doing is suspect cases would find a home at the Augustus Long Hospital – again which is underutilised. We are paying a visit to the Augustus Long Hospital next week Tuesday to see if physically and logistically that can happen.”