IF the Ministry of Health cannot attract local doctors to the public health sector and the Couva Children’s Hospital, it plans to ask Cuban doctors to fill the gap.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said about six weeks ago he went to Cuba and “put out the word” that the country wanted paediatric cardiologists and pediatricians to work at the Children’s Hospital and further reduce the infant mortality rate. He repeated that an operator, Interhealth Canada, was identified and would manage the facility with the University of the West Indies.
Deyalsingh was speaking to members of the media on Saturday after the launch of the North Central Regional Health Authority’s (NCRHA) Great Pap Smear Initiative at the Eric Williams Medical Science Centre Women’s Health Centre in Mt Hope. There, over 400 women showed up to get free pap smears and take charge of their health.
Deyalsingh described it as a “glorious day” in the culture of the health care system as the NCRHA kept moving from treatment to prevention. “All of this has to do with our non-communicable diseases plan or NCD plan where the top five cancers are being tackled. For men, prostate and lung; for women, cervical, breast cancer and also colorectal cancer.”