Government to secure more oxygen for health institutions

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Government to secure more oxygen for health institutions

Government is working with suppliers to secure more oxygen for patients.

This according to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, who made the revelation in Parliament on Friday, in light of questions from UNC MP Arnold Ram.

He said Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) have been directed to ensure all necessary monitoring equipment is in place at health institutions including for oxygen.

Deyalsingh said the Disaster Emergency Unit has been working on oxygen supplies with major suppliers—Massy Gas and others—to supply more oxygen and capacity to deliver this to patients – 115 oxygen concentrators were also sent to five RHAs in the last month

The ministry is also buying high volume cannulas, which will arrive soon.

Deyalsingh admitted that T&T’s fatalities are unacceptable and revealed that plans are in place to ramp-up measures from beds to ambulances.

The minister said, “We’re doing everything possible to ensure our patients have everything possible, but we need more people to be vaccinated.”

He added, “At Sangre Grande’s Accident and Emergency Unit there were 50 people—but 97 per cent unvaccinated.”

“South West– 92 per cent in the A&E unvaccinated. Tobago—90 per cent in the A&E—unvaccinated, North Central—90 per cent unvaccinated. North West A&E—95 per cent unvaccinated.” —Gail Alexander