Ministry of Health

During the period 2015 to 2020, the Ministry of Health focused on several strategic initiatives which repositioned, reinvigorating and significantly improved key aspects of health care delivery system including:

  1. Maternal and Child Health, where T&T has already attained its SDG Goal status. A reduction of 50-60 per 100,000 live births in 2015 to under 30 per 100,000 live births in 2018 and 2020
  2. Neo-Natal Mortality, where T&T has already attained its SDG Goal status from 12.0 per 1,000 live births in 2015 to under 9.0 per 1,000 live births in 2017 to under 7 per 1,000 live births in 2018 & 2020
  3. Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Strategy across T&T with Caribbean moves and Health and Wellness initiatives
  4. Policy decision on the decentralization of Mental Health Services to the community level and removing the stigma at ‘St. Ann’s Hospital’
  5. The various policy and public health interventions to interrupt and reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key policy decisions include:
    • The development of a parallel health care system specially for the treatment and care of COVID-19 patients
    • Establishment of a Multi-Sectoral Committee
    • Restrictions imposed based on evidence and medical expert advice on public health mitigation
    • The promotion of the “New Normal’ and the development of guidelines for Facilities and Business Places, Homes for the Aged, Home for Children; Worship, Restaurants and Bars, Cinemas and Theaters and Schools.
  6. Improvement in the operations of CDAP with the reduction of the reordering cycle from 2 months to 1 month and the dispensing fees from $13 to $8 with saving of $5M per year
  7. Improvementontheachievementofthe Global 90 90 90 targets for HIV/AIDS with T&T targets as of 2019 being 80%; 92% and 91% respectively

Improvement in delivery of our Health Sector Development Programme from an implementation rate of 32% in 2015 to 80% in 2020, including by way of example:

  • Arima Hospital – completed
  • Sangre Grande Hospital – started
  • Point Fortin Hospital – completed
  • Over 3,000 patients have so far received diagnostic imaging services at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility, commissioned by the PNM
  • Medical Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Facility at the St. James Medical Complex – completed
  • Diego Martin Health Centre – 90% completed
  • Port of Spain General Hospital Central Block – Phase 1 of this project completed, with new buildings to relocate central stores, biomedical and engineering services, and medical wards
  • CT Scans now available at the Sangre Grande Hospital with over 6,000 patients so far accessing this service.
  • Lithotripsy Service at the San Fernando General Hospital commenced, with over 600 lithotripsy procedures performed so far
  • San Fernando General Hospital acquired a Holmium Laser machine that allows swift 24- hour surgery and discharge of men suffering from enlarged prostate