Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh on the death of a COVID-19 Positive Patient made the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that I announce that a patient, from Trinidad and Tobago, who tested positive for COVID-19, unfortunately died today, Wednesday 25th March 2020. I offer my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the patient.”
According to the Health Minister the patient was an elderly male with a pre-existing medical condition.
In deference to the feelings of the family, the Ministry of Health delayed the public release of this information so that the family would have ample time to receive and process this information.
“While this is a sad moment for all of us, we can only imagine how difficult this must be for the family; I urge everyone to take a humanistic approach and respect patient confidentiality and the family’s right to privacy at this time. Please allow them to mourn in peace, says Minister Deyalsingh.
Minister Deyalsingh sent his is warm regards to the medical team who acted professionally and who continued to provide the highest level of care to this and all other patients.
“I also use this opportunity to remind the public to remain calm and to diligently adhere to all the public health recommendations of the Ministry of Health relating to personal hygiene, social distancing, sanitization of frequently used surfaces, quarantine measures and other advisories outlined by the Ministry of Health, says the Health Minister.
“I assure you all that, together, we do have the power to overcome this health challenge,” says the Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh.