Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Port-of-Spain, August 24th, 2016:
Earlier this afternoon, the Ministry of Health hosted a meeting with health sector partners including the Regional Health Authorities (RHA's), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association, the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Board and private medical interests.
This round table discussion was held to develop a new response to the Zika outbreak now affecting seventy (70) countries worldwide, with Trinidad and Tobago being one.
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh greets Dr. David Bratt at a multi stakeholder meeting to treat with Zika and other diseases.
Also pictured is Dr. Anthony Parkinson, Director of Health at the NWRHA
Trinidad and Tobago was the first country to declare Zika a national public health emergency on January 29th, 2016. This was followed by a declaration that Zika was a public health emergency of international concern on February 1st, 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The clinical outcome of Zika globally is ever changing and this round table discussion brought together both public and private health experts to determine how Trinidad and Tobago could continue to be a leader in the management of all mosquito borne diseases.
The Ministry of Health was pleased to facilitate this meeting, the findings of which will be incorporated into the existing integrated management strategy for mosquito borne diseases to ensure the protection and good health of the population.