Ministry of Health clarifies initial services offered at the Couva Medical and Multi – Training Facility

Port-of-Spain, 12 June, 2019: The Ministry of Health wishes to correct mis-information reported in the media as it relates to the initial services to be provided at the Couva Medical and Multi- Training Facility.

In July 2019, operations at the Couva Medical and Multi-Training Facility will begin with Diagnostic Imaging and CDAP Pharmacy Services.

As indicated in the Hansard Records of June 11, 2019, the Honourable Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh stated, ‘the Couva Medical Facility which will be opened from next month for radiological services, I have indicated that the facility will have a massive dialysis centre so that we would rely less and less on the private sector for the provision of services.’

The Minister went on further to say that, as it relates to dialysis services, capabilities at the other RHAs have been ramped up. While dialysis will be one of the services offered at the Couva Medical Facility in the future, it will not be among the first set of services offered at the facility.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Health is addressing the matter of the private facility which has withheld its dialysis services for patients referred by the public sector.

All thirty- seven (37) patients who were impacted have been reassigned to other dialysis centers and are receiving service.

The Ministry of Health will continue to work in the best interest of the population to provide public services which safeguard the health of the nation. 

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