Mrs Sharon Rowley participated this morning in a conference at the UN General Assembly, which focused on: Ensuring Access and Equity in Adolescents, Children and Women’s Health.
In her feature address Mrs. Rowley said Caribbean countries recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
She said Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health, has a universal access policy which allows all citizens free health care – from sexual and reproductive care, to maternal and child health, to free medicine, to teen- focused mental health clinics.
She said the most disadvantaged school children are provided with free meals along with screenings and testing for hearing and vision impairment.
Trinidad and Tobago’s health agenda is guided by the Government’s vision 2030 which is based on the sustainable development goals ensuring that no citizen is denied health care.
Adding that the Government has put in place initiatives to attain the targets set for the Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-2030, including the passing and enabling of legislation devoted to protecting children, inclusive of Women’s health.